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URBANA — Prodded by last year's court-ordered closure of a ramshackle and unsanitary apartment complex south of Rantoul, Champaign County Board members may be taking the first tentative steps toward enacting a county building code.
URBANA — As usual, Champaign County's property tax bills will go out in the mail on May 1.
But not as usual, this year's bills reflect lower property assessments, due primarily to decreases in the value of residential property. The reduced assessments also triggered, for the most part, higher tax rates.
CHAMPAIGN — Fred Underwood was a community organizer in Chicago before Barack Obama was.
Underwood worked on the city's southwest side in the 1970s and early '80s and saw how discrimination damaged people's sense of well-being.
CHAMPAIGN — March home sales were strong in Champaign County, compared with the same month a year ago.
But home prices haven't increased substantially, according to statistics from the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.
The association said 174 single-family homes were sold in March, up from 146 a year earlier — an increase of 19 percent.
CHAMPAIGN — Council members this week will see a draft of a plan outlining the city's affordable and special housing needs and how officials hope to address any gaps next year.
CHAMPAIGN — The University Group has agreed to acquire Barr Real Estate's apartments on and around the University of Illinois campus.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Dan Hamelberg said he plans to move ahead with designs for a new apartment community along First Street, west of the Boneyard Basin.
Meanwhile, the owner of an adjacent auto body shop at the northeast corner of First Street and Springfield Avenue said he plans to tear it down and replace it with a new commercial building.
CHAMPAIGN — Renovation work is well under way at the Inman Place senior living center in downtown Champaign, and managers say residents should be able to start moving in about July 1.
The first phase of the renovation project is expected to be complete in 60 days, with the second phase expected to extend 90 days beyond that.
URBANA — Programs airing today (Tuesday, March 27) on WILL-TV and WILL-AM will focus on safe, affordable housing in the area.
According to Illinois Public Media spokeswoman Mary Barrineau, the nation's economic decline has led to many changes in housing stock and neighborhoods in Champaign and Vermilion counties.
CHAMPAIGN — This year has the early markings of a rebound in home sales, according to data from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.
In February, 106 sales were closed, up from 95 a year earlier. Plus, there were 208 pending sales, up from 134 a year earlier, figures from the association's Multiple Listing Service show.