Illinois homeowners at odds with their community association have little recourse. They can try to resolve the matter with the board, or they can pay an attorney to do it for them.
Another option recently was introduced to the General Assembly: HB1293, which would create the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman.
"In my role as a legislator, I receive lots and lots of calls, mostly from unit owners and some from board members, looking for relief or oversight of condo association activities," said Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, who is co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago. "People are surprised to learn there is nothing they can do other than hiring a lawyer and going to court. That isn't a very realistic solution for most people."
This would be a huge step forward. I don't know what the chances of passage are, but the condo owners in this state desperately need a place to take their problems. Of course, CAI and the lawyers are against it, because it would reduce litigation and thus cut into their income, and it would also interfere with the command and control model they love so much. The lawyer and manager tell the board what to do, the board tells the owners what to do, and government is out of the picture.