September 10, 2013 5:32PM
A picture from Joliet Junior College's 2012 ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. | Joliet Junior College photo
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:29AM
JJC hosting ceremony to
remember Sept. 11 , 2001 attacks
A ceremony to honor victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is scheduled for Wednesday morning at Joliet Junior College.
The ceremony will be held at the main campus Alumni Bell Tower and flagpole at the Campus Center, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, according to a press release. The school will host a 9/11 movie tribute as well, the release said.
Police and firefighters from surrounding communities are scheduled to join the Will County Sheriff’s Police Rifle Squad, the Joliet Police Department Honor Guard and the Joliet Fire Department Pipes and Drum Unit, the release said.
“All first responders go to work knowing that something could happen to them that day — that’s something most other jobs don’t entail,” JJC Police Chief Pete Comanda said in the release. “First responders understand there may be a situation on any given day, when they’re forced to put their life at risk. And those people helping out in New York paid the ultimate price.”
State attorney general sues
of illegal evictions
The state attorney general has filed suit against a company she says illegally evicts Illinois homeowners before a foreclosure is finalized by breaking in, changing their locks and shutting off their utilities.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday that she filed a lawsuit against Safeguard Properties LLC, a Delaware corporation based in Ohio.
Safeguard Properties is the largest privately-held company in the country hired by mortgage lenders to determine whether a home in default or foreclosure is still occupied, Madigan’s office reported.
If a home is determined to be vacant, Safeguard contractors will secure and maintain the property to ensure it retains its value during the foreclosure process.
But Madigan accuses Safeguard of routinely deeming legally-occupied properties in Illinois as vacant, then instructing its contractors to winterize and secure the homes.
The contractors in many cases broke into the homes, changed the locks, turned off the utilities and took personal possessions despite evidence that the homes were still occupied, Madigan reports.
“This case shows the lengths that banks and their service providers will go to abuse and intimidate borrowers in foreclosure,” Madigan said in a written statement. “This company was illegally breaking in to people’s homes, removing all their possessions and locking them out. It is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.”