The Joliet City Council recently passed a new ordinance that will create a city-run housing court. The court will enforce the city's building code and will have the ability to assess fines on non-compliant homeowners.
I don't know exactly how many other local municipalities have housing or building courts, but I do appear regularly at the Aurora building court, and I have appeared about a half-dozen times in West Chicago's building court. It seems that a major function of these courts is to combat the problems associated with absentee landlords and foreclosures.
The information that I read regarding Joliet's proposed housing court does not indicate when this process will begin. If anyone else has any information, I would appreciate it if you could reply in the comment section. Thanks.