The Illinois Senate’s Legislative Petition committee met Tuesday in Waukegan to discuss the problem building known as Lakeside Tower. The petition, which was brought forth by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), calls for a full investigation by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into conditions at the property and related crime in and around Lakeside Tower.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in the petition drive and allowed us to bring this issue before the Senate committee,” said Senator Terry Link. “Over the last decade, the management of the facility has allowed Lakeside Tower to deteriorate and unfortunately it has become a hotbed of crime in our community.”
Senator Link went on to say that aside from the crime that has occurred in and around the tower, the building itself needs to be completely refurbished or torn down. The health and safety of those living at Lakeside Tower should also be a concern to HUD.
Testimony at Tuesday’s hearing came from residents and city officials. Residents spoke to an existing problem that has not improved. City officials provided historical background and discussed recent efforts to work with the property manager to clean up the building.
“I will be posting the hearing on my website for those who couldn’t attend, as well as forwarding this information to HUD,” said Link. “I will continue to work to ensure that our community has its voice heard on this issue.”