Chicago Says Vacant-Property Ordinance Isn't Preempted

Law360, Chicago (June 19, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT) -- An attorney for the city of Chicago told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday that the Federal Housing Finance Agency's suit challenging a local vacant-property ordinance should be axed because the ordinance is not preempted by federal law and the agency lacks authority to bring the case.

Michael Dolesh, a city attorney, told U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin at a hearing on the city's dismissal bid and FHFA's cross-motion for summary judgment that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 does not expressly or implicitly...
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