Friday, December 19, 2014

Cedar Run Homeowners Strongly Encouraged to Witness Court Hearing

The next court date regarding elections and the disposition of Cedar Run leading up to those elections will be Monday, December 22nd at 10:30 AM.  If you've ever thought about heading downtown to witness the court proceedings in person, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

The courthouse is located at:
Daley Center
50 W. Washington, Rm. 2601
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-5415


We believe that the judge could make an important ruling that will outline the details of the election and how Cedar Run will be operated until such an election.  A great showing of concerned homeowners would send a message to the court and everyone in the courtroom that Cedar Run homeowners care about their community. It will help underscore the need for the court to act swiftly in restoring the rule of law in Cedar Run.



There is no better way of truly understanding Cedar Run's legal crisis than to WITNESS IT FIRSTHAND  and be the FIRST TO KNOW how the judge rules.

So grab your Cedar Run knapsack, and head on down to the Daley Center on Monday!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cedar Run Legal Update - Next court date: 12/22/14

***UPDATE to 12/16 blog entry below***

We have now obtained a copy of the court transcript from December 9th, 2014, when the court denied the Sher group's attempt to avoid an election.

The official court transcript can be found HERE:

The Central Theme - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BYLAWS

Caryn Shaw, youngest of the Shaw sisters who only recently passed the bar exam, is now appearing in court to represent the Sher group.  Anne Shaw is either too busy campaigning to become a Chicago Alderman, or she doesn't have much faith in the Sher group's case.

Basically, Caryn tried to argue that Sher and the Master Board have the right (under state law) to completely repeal Cedar Run's Bylaws and subsequently replace them with the bogus Bylaws written in 2012.......all without following the amendment procedures in the REAL Bylaws.  A majority of the proceedings involve Judge Garcia explaining to her that it cannot be done and that her logic is (at best) completely off-base.

At one point (page 9, line 9), Judge Garcia even refers to one of Caryn Shaw's arguments as "demeaning".

On page 17, line 11, Judge Garcia states that the Sher group's motion to dismiss the case to compel an election  "......is absolutely, unequivocally denied."

Judge Garcia also indicated that he was quite disturbed by the fact the the Sher group has been functioning for so long, on a bogus set of bylaws, with no elections. 

What's Next?
Motions for a T.R.O. (Temporary Restraining Order) have been filed that will probably look to restrict the board's (and Sher's) power since they have CLEARLY operated ILLEGALLY.  They will likely try and specify how the election should be announced & handled.

The next hearing date on these motions is December 17th.  We will post something on the blog as soon as we have new information.

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12/18/14 - The next hearing date will be Monday, December 22nd at 10:30 AM.  If you've ever thought about heading downtown to witness the court proceedings in person, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

The courthouse is located at:
Daley Center
50 W. Washington, Rm. 2601
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-5415


We believe that the judge will make an important ruling that will outline the details of the election and how Cedar Run will be managed until such an election.  A great showing of concerned homeowners would send a message to the court and everyone in the courtroom that Cedar Run homeowners care about their community. It will help underscore the need for the court to act swiftly in restoring the rule of law in Cedar Run.

So grab your Cedar Run knapsack, and head on down to the Daley Center on Monday!
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HERE is a link to the court docket.

Please call, text, or email with any questions or comments.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Verdict is.....ELECTION--> YES!!

On December 9, 2014, Judge Rodolfo Garcia of the Cook County Circuit Court Has DENIED THE SHER GROUP'S ATTEMPT TO AVOID AN ELECTION!

The judge also refused to recognize the  bogus bylaws that Robert Sher has been using to justify his actions.

WE HATE TO SAY WE TOLD YOU SO BUT......
All smugness aside, we the Cedar Run Concerned Homeowners who have brought you this blog have stated all along that Cedar Run was due an Annual Meeting (election) in 2013 and 2014.  We have stated that Robert Sher's excuse for not conducting these meetings has NO LEGAL BASIS WHATSOEVER.

We have also given a multitude of reasons why the bylaws Sher created in December of 2012 were (and still are) illegal --  Sher never followed procedures to amend the real bylaws; He never recorded the his new document with the county; Most of it contradicts state law; It was developed & implemented in secret; and the list goes on....

These two issues were finally presented in a court of law, and the verdict confirms what we've been saying for almost two years!! That Robert Sher is NOT running a Legal and Proper organization!

Details of the Ruling
We are still waiting to hear more details such as:
  1. Exactly how many director positions will be up for vote
  2. How the election will be noticed and supervised to ensure fairness/accuracy
  3. When the election is likely to take place
We will update this section as details roll in, so please check back.

What we do know is this:
  • Cedar Run's original bylaws from 1972 are still the true (and only) bylaws for Cedar Run
  • These bylaws clearly state that an annual meeting must be conducted in May of each year to elect/re-elect four directors.
  • Since there were no annual meetings in 2013 and 2014, Cedar Run must call a special meeting (election) to fill any director seats that would have been available in both of these two skipped elections (possibly more due to past resignations).
 What To Expect from Robert Sher:
  • Expect him to read this blog and do something to try and make our predictions appear wrong.
    • Thanks for reading, Robert! Don't forget to subscribe!
  • Expect him to continue denying that an election is required, citing the same excuse about 'Dissolution of the Corporation'.
    • The courts have never accepted this excuse, as we knew they wouldn't.
  • Expect him to continue saying that the very lawsuit that about the election is part of a conspiracy, funded with your money, to try and take over Cedar Run and 'steal' all of the money that he has 'saved you'.
    • Short answer, it's NOT!  It's a counterclaim to his efforts to sue the old board.  NO HOMEOWNER MONEY used to fund it.
  • Expect him to call another one of his 'Homeowner Meetings', where he will give us another fancy Power Point presentation and try and twist the facts to suit his narrative.
    • No matter what he says, the court does not support his position on the bylaws and election.
  • Expect more and more Clubhouse parties, car registrations, ice cream socials, grand opening celebrations, etc......anything to give Sher and his disciples more face-time with homeowners, and expect to be solicited for signatures or proxies at these types of events.
    • YOUR money once again being used to solicit YOUR political support. 
  • Expect even more aggressive attempts by Sher to smear, intimidate, and discredit anyone who opposes him.  He has already tried to name names and incite hatred, falsely accuse people of being racists, and describe them as criminals and conspirators of evil.
    • Their only crimes were their public opposition to Sher's policies that are now proven to be ILLEGAL in the eyes of the court.
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In closing,  this ruling may have taken months longer than what we'd all hoped for.  But this is still a Landmark ruling that could have a major impact on Cedar Run.  Cedar Run homeowners will finally have their chance to decide how they feel about their community under the rule of Robert Sher.  WE DESERVE OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION!

If you haven't done so, please don't forget to visit our ACTION page.  Feel free to leave a comment, voicemail,  text, or email with any questions or concerns.

restoreCR@gmail.com
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cedar Run Legal Update

Decision on Elections Expected Soon

The next court date on the matter of elections for Cedar Run will take place on December 9, 2014.  This has been in the courts since June of 2014, with multiple continuances and procedural games (by Sher) to delay a decision.

We have good reason to believe that the judge will issue a ruling on December 9th, and that there will be no more continuances or delays.  Please be advised that the civil courts have let us down in the past, so we make no guarantees.  That said, we are quite sure that when the judge does finally issue a ruling, it will be to order an election.

Why are we so sure how the judge rule?  It's simple:

Argument for elections
The argument for elections is that Cedar Run's governing documents clearly call for an annual meeting and election every year, in May.  The last one was in May of 2012, and Sher just decided to skip 2013 and 2014 to alleviate any possibility losing control of the Cedar Run board (and risk losing his paycheck).  To correct this, there must be a special meeting, where two election cycles worth of director positions (likely 7 or 8) will be filled by a vote from Cedar Run homeowners.

Argument against elections
Sher's argument against the need for elections in 2013 & 2014 is that since the former board had failed to properly register the master association with the secretary of state.....that the governing documents are completely invalid.  So Sher created new bylaws that also require an annual meeting in May. But he doesn't need to follow them either because he gets a three year grace period on elections from the time he "reinstated the corporation".  According to Robert Sher, the next election isn't until August (not May?) of 2015.

Which sounds valid to you??
We have found there to be ZERO LEGAL BASIS for Sher's argument.  Whether or not Cedar Run Homeowners Corp. was properly registered with the Secretary State is completely irrelevant.  The original governing documents have always been in effect.  The Bylaws Sher created and now proudly displays on his website are NOT legally binding.  Lastly, there are absolutely no laws that guarantee a three year hiatus on annual elections when a non-profit corporation is founded or reinstated.

What NOT to Expect After the Judge's Ruling
Don't expect an election to be announced promptly.  The ruling is simply the first step in forcing the elections.  If you'll recall back in January of 2013, Sher had been ordering homeowners to pay their phase dues to the Master Board, and he had proclaimed publicly that he intended to prevent the payment of what he considered to be illegal bank loans.  By mid January, Judge Hall issued an order, demanding that Sher immediately send out a letter to all homeowners to instruct them to pay their phase dues to their phase association contrary to what he had told them previously.  This letter didn't arrive until late February because Sher did everything possible to delay it.....requiring the banks' attorneys to file multiple motions to hold him in contempt of court.  The civil court system has very little power to enforce its orders.

Despite all, were are getting very close to FINALLY having an opportunity to let homeowners decide about the future of Cedar Run, rather than having Robert Sher impose his will upon our community.

In the meantime, please don't forget to visit our ACTION page.  Feel free to leave a comment, voicemail,  text, or email with any questions or concerns.

restoreCR@gmail.com
VM/Text (224) 544-9058

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Monday, November 3, 2014

More Deceiptful Practices

In previous blog post dated 4/28/2014, we informed Cedar Run homeowners about Robert Sher's business practices and reputation in the apartment leasing business, under the 'My Place Apartments' moniker.  (Feel free to read that post HERE).  We showed you how Sher's takeover and management of Cedar Run align perfectly with his deceptive, predatory advertising & business practices.

After a few google searches and some amateur detective work, we've learned of the Sher/Shaw family's new strategy.....try and ditch the old reputation, and appear as something new.
  • They've ditched the 'My Place Apartments' name and they're sticking with 'Shaw Real Estate Group Inc.'
  • They've got a new, fancy website, which makes no mention of the old name and tries to spin their business in a more positive light (unlike the old website which slammed any review site that would dare post a negative review of their business)
  • They ditched their previous Chicago office location on Lincoln Ave for a new one on Diversey Pkwy.....Actually they were EVICTED from their Lincoln Ave location (Click HERE to view the court records from the lawsuit that had them ousted).
  • They now have a new Yelp listing (because of their 'new' name and location). They've already posted fake, glowing reviews from fake user profiles on this Yelp page. (all have been flagged and removed as of the writing of this blog....nice try, Barb)
  • All of their bogus Craigslist Ads no longer mention the old business name, nor do they mention Robert Sher's name.
Why do this?  Because of one of the exact reasons mentioned in our previous post. If you google search for 'My Place Apartments SCAM', you'll get an abundance of results that warn people to stay away.  Most, if not all, of those reviews will have Robert Sher's name attached to them.  New website, new phone number, new address, no mention of the agent's (Sher's) name.....all the previous red flags may go unnoticed.

Interesting Tidbit
The most interesting fact (for those of us in Cedar Run) about this attempt to renew their reputation is the 'Condo Management' section of their website.  Click HERE and have a read.

For comparison, click HERE to see their old website's 'Property Management' section.
  • Notice how they mention an abundance of services they provide, none of which we've seen in Cedar Run?
  • Notice how they refer to themselves as 'Leaders' in the industry.  [Seriously.....leaders??]
  • Notice the comment about a 'proven track record of customer satisfaction.'  [Really???]
  • Notice how they're more than happy to also be your realtor if you decide to sell? [Can you say ' conflict of interest'?]
  • Notice how they've gone from 'decades of experience' (per the old website) to five years of experience per the new website? [For the record, both Jack Shaw and Robert Sher got their Community Association Manager licenses in Oct. 2012 and Nov. 2012, respectively......how is that even five years???]
Why be concerned?
Because we, the Cedar Run Homeowners, paid for their licenses! (see check images below) We paid for multiple renewals as well.  Sher even admitted that we paid for his license, but claimed it was strictly to give him the credential required to manage Cedar Run.  Now Sher/Shaw are aggressively marketing themselves to other associations as licensed, experienced property managers. 




When Sher was soliciting votes to take over Cedar Run, he swore he had NO financial interest
 in managing Cedar Run.  Does anyone believe him???


Not only is the Sher/Shaw family on the Cedar Run Payroll for at least $60K/year, but they are using their (Cedar Run sponsored) credentials to solicit more business.  Good deal for them - bad deal for us.

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What Now?
As we wait patiently for the court system to finally deliver us an election, we urge you to think about the services you've received from Sher over the past two years:
  • Have you ever seen a tree being trimmed?
  • How are the street repairs holding up? (take a drive down Spruce or Locust)
  • If you've had the unfortunate experience of having a sewer line backup, who did you call to fix it? (Outside sewer lines are a Master Board responsibility)
  • How many times have you been required to register your car for parking privileges? (we count about five)
  • How many different parking/towing/booting policies have been rolled out in the past two years, only to be scrapped and completely changed soon thereafter?  (we count about seven)
  • Have you ever been able to get documents (governing docs, disclosures, paid assessment letters, etc.) from the Sher group when trying to sell or refinance?
  • Are we truly 'self managed' even though we pay Sher/Shaw a hefty fee to manage our property??
Are all of the above (and the countless other examples we've cited on the past) signs of a well-managed association?  We think NOT!

Don't Give Up Hope
Though little has happened over the past few months, Cedar Run homeowners WILL have an opportunity to express their satisfaction/dissatisfaction of Sher through an election.  Next Court date is November 5th. We will provide an update as soon as we hear anything.  Hopefully something decisive will happen; hopefully not another continuance or more procedural games.

In the meantime, please don't forget to visit our ACTION page.  Feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

restoreCR@gmail.com
VM/Text (224) 544-9058
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Sher's July & August 2014 'Newsletters'

Three days after receiving Mr. Sher's August 2014 'Newsletter', Cedar Run homeowners received another mailing from Sher, labeled as the July 2014 'Newsletter'.  We won't even try to understand this one.....but this is just another sign of what a classy operation Sher is running.

The tone of desperation in these letters should give you a good idea of how confident Robert Sher is in his performance as a property manager.  He knows that an election is inevitable despite his insistence to the contrary. He also knows that there is a very real threat of him losing such an election, thanks to the mobilization of Concerned Homeowners.

While we realize most of you are fed up with the back & forth accusations, rebuttals, arguments for and against x, y, or z policy......There are many outlandish statements in these mailings that we cannot leave without a reply.

In the coming days, we will post a fully reply to the lies and accusations contained in Sher's two mailings.  But for now we will leave you with a few points to ponder after reading the letters.

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NEWSLETTERS??? NOT QUITE.....
  1. These mailings are not 'Newsletters', as they contain no actual news (aside from a small portion of the parking information in the August mailing).
  2. The mailings are actually best described as CAMPAIGN ADS supporting Robert Sher.  Moreover, they are NEGATIVE ATTACK ADS, attempting to defame and demonize anyone who has or does openly oppose Robert Sher in any way.
  3. These mailings are printed on high quality, full-color glossy paper....professionally printed, bound, and mailed to all 408 homeowners by an out-of-state vendor.
  4. We estimate the combined cost of these two 'newsletters' as anywhere from $3000-$5000, all paid from Cedar Run homeowners' funds.
  5. Like it or not, by simply paying assessments, all 408 Cedar Run homeowners are essentially contributing members of a Robert Sher SuperPAC.
How does that feel??
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Credibility

We've touched on this before, but we will reiterate this same point.  When reading through Sher's attacks, accusations, insinuations, conspiracy theories, and empty promises....look back at his past performance, and then decide if he is a credible source of information.

Consider his motives for maintaining (and attempting to expand) his power over Cedar Run. Cedar Run is a BUSINESS VENTURE and INCOME SOURCE for the Sher/Shaw family....and a significant one at that.  We will touch on this in greater detail in our full response.  But for now, feel free to look at at all the checks written to Sher from 8/2012 through 6/2013 by clicking HERE.  Or, take a look at lines 12, 13, & 16 of Sher's own budget mailing by clicking HERE.

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If you're as fed up as we are with all the conflict that has plagued Cedar Run over the past two years, then please join us in removing the primary cause and instigator of this very conflict.  Please visit our How to Take Action page by clicking HERE, and help us put an end to this nonsense.  Together, we can truly Restore Cedar Run!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Outrageous (and expensive!) Newsletter

By now, Cedar Run homeowners should have received another glossy, color-printed, professionally bound newsletter from our friend, Robert Sher. It probably cost a few thousand dollars to print and mail this newsletter.  We hope you enjoy reading it.....

It contains the usual self-aggrandizing propaganda and lies about key facts that led Cedar Run into its ongoing crisis.

Please stay tuned for our response to each topic.

Thanks for reading.