Cubs Anthony Rizzo shows good sportsmanship, apologizes to umpire

LOS ANGLES — The Chicago Cubs blew out the Dodgers 10-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NLCS.

During the game, Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a heartwarming interaction with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

In the fifth inning, Rizzo didn’t agree with a strike called against him during a 3-1 count. He was seen voicing his displeasure to Hernandez.

When Rizzo came to the plate in the seventh inning, he apologized saying “my fault on that.”

Hernandez responded to Rizzo by saying, “Your fault for what brother?” he said. “Come on, you’re good, bro. You’re awesome with us. No, no worries. You’re competing. I understand. Don’t worry. You know what’s best of it? You come back and tell me that. That’s how good of a guy you are.”


Need Home Repair or Improvement in Chicago?

Need Home Repair or Improvement in Chicago?

Neighborhood Lending Services, Inc. (NLS) has the loans and services you need to get the job done right.

General Home Improvements

  • New kitchen
  • New roof
  • New siding
  • Central air-conditioning, etc.
Energy Efficiency Improvements

  • Comprehensive air sealing
  • Installing new or increasing insulation
  • Updating to a more efficient furnace or boiler
Home Safety Improvements

  • Correcting dangerous electrical problems
  • Updating hazardous heating systems
Vintage Home Improvements

  • Masonry re-pointing and repair
  • Restoring original wood windows
  • Repairing decorative metal cornices

What is NLS?

Neighborhood Lending Services is an Illinois state-licensed, nonprofit mortgage lender that offers affordable, fixed-rate home improvement loans for large or small needs.


  • We lend in neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago, Elgin/Northeast Kane County and south suburban Cook County
  • Income eligibility and other restrictions may apply
  • Make an appointment to find out if you are eligible

Repayment Terms

  • Repayment terms up to 20 years, with affordable interest rates and no prepayment penalties
  • Forgivable loans are available together with Home Improvement loans to help with home repairs
  • Income eligibility and other restrictions may apply


American Washing – The Home Washing Experts

For over 25 years, our team has been providing homes and businesses in northern Illinois with a broad range of commercial and residential solutions.

Free Estimates For All Your – Home And Business Needs


Most Recent News (Home Owners)

Chicago Residents -Home Owners

Chicago houses with snow on the lawn

The Department of Community Development provides grants for home owners needing housing improvements and offers city-owned homes for sale and rehabilitation. The department also facilitate access and independent living for seniors and the disabled, and offers a variety of programs that help residents reduce property taxes, refinance their mortgages, and avoid foreclosure.

Alerts (Home Owners)

High Alert Sep 30, 2016 Christmas Tree Submissions

Most Recent News (Home Owners)

Oct 07,2016 City of Chicago Coordinates Yard Waste Pick-Up to Help Collect Fall Leaves and Debris
Sep 30,2016 The City of Chicago is Looking for the Perfect Christmas Tree
Sep 20,2016 Mayor Emanuel, Department of Streets and Sanitation Announce New Dry Ice Pilot to Combat Rodents
Aug 01,2016 Chicago Department of Water Management to Conduct First of its Kind Water Quality Study
Jul 23,2016 Mayor Emanuel Announces City Departments Deliver a Blitz of Services to Back of the Yards Neighborhood

View all News Releases (Home Owners)


View all Services

Supporting Information

View all Supporting Information

City Data

Feds busting up scam targeting elderly homeowners in Chicago

CHICAGO — An investigation into a home repair scam that has hurt many elderly Chicago homeowners has the feds closing in on one of the players and a contractor out of business.

WGN Investigates first spoke to 88-year old Lillie Williams in January of 2015 at the beginning her fight to save the North Lawndale two-flat she’s called home for more than 40 years.  At the time, the lender was threatening to foreclose on it over a reverse mortgage she was tricked into taking out by Mark Diamond.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan calls him a con-man who’s been taking advantage of elderly, African-American homeowners on the West and South sides for more than 30 years.

“He doesn’t do the repairs, he doesn’t do anything he says he’s going to do,” Madigan said. “He steals people’s money and he ruins their lives.”

Diamond’s schemes have varied over the years, according to Madigan but his latest promised to fix up people’s homes through a free government program.   In reality, he was signing them up for a reverse mortgage and running off with the cash without completing the work.  His victims say he used a black woman named Cynthia as his birddog.

chicago-news-story“This girl was going around in the neighborhood asking people about and it,” Williams said.  “She talked to my daughter about it and my daughter told her about me.”

In a new twist, WGN Investigates has learned Cynthia is 46-years-old Cynthia Wallace of Chicago.   She’s now spending her days in a jail cell.  She was arrested for a different scam using the aliases “Sherry Rice” and “Shree Box.”  In January, she was charged by feds with posing as a federal housing official to trick homeowners into giving her money.

Prosecutors say Wallace made several calls to two Chicago-area homeowners pretending to work for HUD and threatening to foreclose on their homes unless they wired her money.  She was arrested in a sting set up by federal agents.  She has since plead not guilty, but court records show she’s in plea negotiations.

Wallace has a lengthy arrest record on theft by deception charges.

WGN Investigates showed her booking photo to several of mark diamond’s victims and they confirm she’s Cynthia — the woman who paved the way for Diamond  to get into the homes of African-American seniors and sell them on a fake home improvement program.

And the feds confirm they are continuing their criminal investigation into Diamond’s business interests.  FBI agents raided his construction company’s office last year.

In the meantime, Diamond is now out of business.  The attorney general’s office sued under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and after years of legal wrangling, a judge has permanently barred Diamond from arranging loans as well as performing any home remolding or repair work in the state.

Last week, that same judge ordered Diamond to pay more than $2.3 million dollars to 47 homeowners who were scammed by him, Williams included, to the tune of $107,000.

Community activist Rev. Robin Hood is Williams’ nephew.  He was the first to discover the scam that put her home in jeopardy.  Since then, he’s worked with Illinois lawmakers to get the law changed regarding reverse mortgages.  Now homeowners are required to receive counseling from government-approved agencies about the risks and there must be a three days cooling-off period before the loan closes. The law also prevents those who facilitate the mortgage from receiving the money directly.

Hood has also gotten attorney Dennis Smith with John Marshall Law School’s pro bono law clinic to help fight his aunt’s foreclosure case.  Smith is now suing the lender and attempting to have the mortgage contract nullified because he says Williams never received the required counseling.

Unfortunately, Williams did not live long enough to celebrate these small victories.  She passed away June 19th.

Her death has now thrown the case into a legal limbo and left her nephew and her daughter to fight for the legacy she had hope to leave her children and grandchildren.

Diamond has not been charged criminally with anywrong doing.  WGN Investigates has attempted to interview him since we first started reporting on this story a year and a half ago.  But he hasn’t returned calls and wouldn’t comment when he was approached in court.  His new attorney also declined to talk.  His previous attorney withdrew from the case.  Diamond says he plans to appeal the $2.3 million judgment.