Panel to address housing finance challenges

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The City of Evanston will host a panel of housing experts tonight discussing opportunities and challenges in developing multifamily rental and inclusionary housing.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center.

Panelists include Tim Klont, vice president for community investment programs at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; Mark Muller, president of Fulton Developers; and Al Weel, senior vice president of Wintrust Bank.

Klont has extensive experience with implementation of community development initiatives, housing finance and fair housing education. His work focuses on expanding use of the bank's affordable housing resources.

Muller has worked on the design of many commercial and residential projects. He focuses on green building efforts and is on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Highland Park.

Weel has worked in commercial lending since 1985 and has financed various types of commercial properties, mostly in the Chicago metro area. He's a former member of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Niles.

The panel will be moderated by Collete Engilsh Dixon, executive director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University.

Dixon previously was executive director of transactions for a real estate unit of Prudential Financial and was involved in developing office, multifamily, hotel, industrial and retail properties across the Midwest.

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