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Area residents have considered Lakeside Tower in Waukegan a blight on the community for years. Those people took the opportunity yesterday to ask the Illinois Senate Legislative Petition Committee to encourage housing officials to investigate and take action.

Eleven witnesses, including neighbors, city officials and the Lakeside Tower property manager, provided testimony during a hearing at Waukegan City Hall. Senator Terry Link represents Waukegan and sponsored the petition on behalf of his constituents calling for a full investigation by Housing and Urban Development. Lakeside Tower is a concern because of unsafe and deteriorating conditions of the property and some indications of increased crime activity in the area.

Witnesses for the city suggested conditions are improving since they suspended the owner’s business license, while neighbors testified they have not seen improvements.

The issue came to the attention of the Illinois Senate as a petition from concerned citizens. Senator Link responded by sponsoring a legislative measure and bringing it to the committee. Link pledged to the committee and the petitioners a report on Tuesday’s hearing will be posted online and forwarded to HUD.

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