Squatters, fake landlords exploiting vacant Chicago homes

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CHICAGO -- Squatters are living in vacant homes across Chicago, and fake landlords are charging them rent.

Some squatters are maintaining the homes and even sign up for utilities.

It's a problem one alderman is trying to bring to the forefront.

But 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea but he says they are much more than squatters. O'Shea says there are 13 homes in his ward presently that have people illegally living in them.

When they move in, he says, all they have is a sign posted on the front door -- a bogus claim to the property.

This kind of thing has been happening throughout the city and even some suburbs. O'Shea has been working with police and other aldermen and the Cook County recorder of deeds and the courts to close the loopholes and get the squatters evicted -- but it takes time.

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