This morning, Rogers Park homeowner Josh Pina and his supporters will give TCF Bank an oversize plea for some Valentine’s Day spirit.
At an 11:30 a.m. press conference at the 1400 W. Fullerton branch of TCF Bank, they will deliver a giant Valentine asking the bank to “have a heart” and will demand in words and in song that bank officials postpone Pina’s eviction while his case is reviewed.
After Pina and supporters from Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction and Northside Action for Justice rallied outside two TCF Bank branches on Dec. 28, and launched a call-in campaign, the bank agreed to review Pina’s case. Pina’s supporters sent TCF Bank Vice President Jeff Memeti dozens of letters and valentines asking him to give Pina a loan modification.
Even so, the bank has not yet pledged to modify Pina’s mortgage or even to postpone his eviction, and could throw him out of his home as soon as mid-February.

“I don’t know whether or not to pack up,” Pina says. “I don’t have anywhere else to go. No one should have to endure this stress.”
Pina paid his mortgage on time for five years. But after the recession hit, his hours at work were cut, and his house fell under water. Once he was laid off the bank refused to negotiate his loan. When Pina found another job TCF demanded thousands of dollars up front to modify his loan —money Pina didn’t have.
Now, TCF is considering whether to give Pina a loan modification, but he and supporters are concerned that unless his eviction is postponed it could be too little, too late. Says Pina: “Evicting me would do more harm then good for both myself and TCF Bank. I don’t want my home to become one more of thousands of empty homes in the City of Chicago.”
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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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