On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Cook County launches legal aid program for those facing eviction, foreclosure or massive debt tied to COVID-19 24.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A new legal aid fund has been launched in Cook County aimed at helping those at risk of eviction or foreclosure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis keep a roof over their heads.
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Letters to the Editor: Eviction restrictions are bad for small landlords -- and renters 7.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

What do tenants think happens when landlords cannot cover their obligations because their rental income dries up?

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Wayne Gretzky eyes $22.9 million for Thousand Oaks estate 22.10.2020 LA Times: Business

In Thousand Oaks, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky is asking $22.9 million for his scenic Colonial-style mansion on nearly seven acres.

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It’s a four-peat: Chicago again voted best large city by Conde Nast Traveler readers 6.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row — a first in the category’s history — by Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.
A Real Estate Firm Co-Owned by Jared Kushner Is Looking to Profit From the Pandemic 1.10.2020 Mother Jones
When the coronavirus hit, Jared Kushner became a key player in the Trump administration’s response to the horrific crisis that has claimed more than 200,000 American lives. At the start of the pandemic, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser pushed the view that the media were hyping the threat of the virus to damage the […]
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Hotel job losses in Illinois could double without additional federal aid, industry group warns. ‘We need Congress to act and act now.’ 1.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Illinois could double its loss of hotel jobs if Congress doesn’t pass another coronavirus stimulus bill, according to an industry group report.
The luxury air business is booming — as many Californians struggle to breathe 23.9.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

Wealthy consumers are spending big on air filtration systems for their homes and cars as COVID-19 and wildfires rage.

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Six months into the pandemic, downtown Chicago is a humbled giant. Can it get back on its feet? 12.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Six months after the COVID-19 pandemic first shook Chicago, the city’s once-mighty downtown is taking only tentative steps toward recovery. But Chicago has dealt with setbacks before.
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Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now locked up and in deep financial trouble 10.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chicago's grand old hotel has roots in the Chicago arts that run deep. Now it's in financial trouble. Lose the Palmer and we lose part of Chicago.
Foreclosure suit may derail Logan Square’s Congress Theater rehabilitation 2.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Logan Square's iconic Congress Theater has been hit with a foreclosure suit that might make it difficult for the rehabilitation project to continue.
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California renters poised to receive COVID-19 eviction protections under plan sent to governor 1.9.2020 LA Times: Health

The Legislature passed a bill that would extend protections against evictions by five months for Californians facing financial hardship because of the pandemic.

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Owner of Palmer House hotel sued for $338 million unpaid loan 1.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The owner of the historic Palmer House Hilton has been sued for almost $338 million in missed loan payments, in the largest Chicago foreclosure case to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Editorial: No time for half-measures in California's coming eviction tsunami 27.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

After spending billions of dollars in recent years to ease the state's homelessness, why aren't Gov. Newsom and lawmakers doing more right now to prevent renters from losing their homes in a pandemic?

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An Eviction Wave Could Wreak Havoc on Voting by Mail 26.8.2020 Mother Jones
As if a pandemic and a postal crisis weren’t enough, here’s one more catastrophe that could prevent many Americans from voting this fall: an upcoming wave of evictions. For months, housing experts have predicted a flood of evictions, brought on by the coronavirus-battered economy and record-high unemployment. So far, it’s been mostly staved off by […]
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'Gimme Shelter': California's looming 'eviction cliff' could lead to millions losing their homes 19.8.2020 LA Times: Health

On Sept. 1, California's courts will begin processing eviction and foreclosure cases again. With a federal deal far from certain, all eyes are on Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to come up with a fix.

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Glencoe financial advisor faces federal charges in wire fraud scheme involving foreclosed homeowners, prosecutors say 19.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mary Martinez, also known as Mary Flores, 53, is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud.
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California to end eviction protections next month unless lawmakers extend them 14.8.2020 LA Times: Health

California will resume eviction and foreclosure proceedings on Sept. 1 unless the state Legislature takes action after the court system's rule-making body on Thursday voted to end temporary statewide protections for people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Column: Facing a wave of evictions, California is about to make thousands of kids homeless 7.8.2020 LA Times: Health

In weeks, as many as 1 million families across California could find themselves at risk of being forced out of their homes, pushed off the "eviction cliff."

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Some homeowners struggled to pay PACE improvement loans. The coronavirus made it harder 29.6.2020 LA Times: Business

Consumer groups are raising concern over a potential foreclosure wave tied to PACE home improvement loans.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan for coronavirus eviction protections advances despite concerns 16.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to protect tenants from eviction who’ve lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic advanced Monday, though several aldermen complained both that the package doesn’t do enough to help renters and that it leaves small-scale landlords exposed to foreclosure.
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