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    City officials hope a new ordinance partnering with the Cook County Land Bank Authority will help speed efforts to rehab long-vacant and neglected properties. [Eric Allix Rogers on Flickr]

    A proposal that would empower city housing and planning officials to work with county officials to reclaim and rehab long-abandoned properties is set for a vote in the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate Tuesday. The committee is also set during the 10 a.m. meeting to approve a city-backed loan for an Englewood affordable housing complex and the sale of an Austin city-owned lot to a neighboring church.

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