Manufactured Housing News

2/23/2015

RANDY WITTER, IMHA’s long-term lobbyist, was named by the national publication Association Trends as one of five "leading association lobbyists” at a Feb. 6 luncheon in Washington DC.

 

"Good lobbying, like good communication, means involving individuals, organizations and coalitions in the lawmaking process," Witter said in accepting the award. "Accurate information flow must be...

1/29/2015

The weather cooperated and a great home show was held once again in Louisville, KY last week. Many Illinois members were on hand who stopped by our booth to visit and discuss issues they may be having or ideas to help the industry and walked off sporting orange & blue “Illinois” banners on their nametags. We heard from many vendors and exhibitors that it appeared Illinois was well...

1/7/2015

By Jim Woodard, Kankakee Daily Journal

Most housing analysts are predicting substantial growth in housing activity in 2015 -- much more than has been experienced during the past year.

For example, the Wells Fargo Economics Group's "2015 Economic Outlook," subtitled "A whole new ball game," predicts that the housing market will continue its recovery and gain momentum in 2015 after...

12/5/2014

By MHI

 

HUD's Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) met this week in Arlington, Virginia and completed work on a full agenda of pending items. The MHCC considered a number of recommendations, many of which were proposed by MHI and its member representatives on the panel. The committee, in mostly unanimous votes, adopted the following: 

  •  A...
11/13/2014

In a letter to its business partners dated November 12, 2014 US Bank has stated its intentions to “exit the Indirect Manufactured Housing business” as “The limited market size and current regulatory environment of the indirect market make it unrealistic for US Bank to reach its growth objectives”.

US Bank will no longer accept credit applications through indirect programs or retailers...

11/7/2014

By FEMA 

CHICAGO – Cold temperatures, heavy snow, and treacherous ice storms are all risks of the impending winter season. 

“Severe winter weather can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said FEMA Region V acting administrator Janet Odeshoo. “Preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications...

11/5/2014

by Cook Witter

US Senate

Senator Richard Durbin (D) was easily re-elected to the United State Senate, but with Republicans taking the majority, he will no longer be the Senate Majority Whip.

US Representatives

The Illinois Delegation will gain two Republican seats with Robert Dold (R) defeating Democratic incumbent Brad Schneider (D) in the 10thCongressional...

10/15/2014

IMHA's government relations professional Cook-Witter, Inc. has published a useful overview of the upcoming general election with listings for all state and federal candidates, Illinois' proposed constitutional amendments and advisory questions that will appear on the ballet.

Randy Witter from Cook-Witter, Inc. reviewed the document with the IMHA Board at today's regular business meeting...

9/26/2014

Both the House of Representatives and Senate have recessed until after the November elections.  Both chambers quickly approved a continuing resolution (CR) to fund government operations through December 11th and then scheduled a lame-duck session of Congress to begin shortly after the elections on November 12th. 

The agenda for the lame-duck session will largely be determined by the...

9/17/2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Monday announced that seniors and people with disabilities can begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households containing individuals with health risks.

“Last...