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Judge allows evictions at Cherry Orchard

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/CU-CitizenAccess

A Champaign County judge granted a temporary restraining order Thursday that gives public health officials the power to evict tenants living at an apartment complex north of Thomasboro and ordered the managers jailed until the complex's problems are repaired.


Plea deal makes Peacock eligible for probation

URBANA - A former area athlete has an opportunity to avoid serving more time in prison.

Champaign County Circuit Judge Tom Difanis on Monday allowed Urbana native Charles "Tyke" Peacock to withdraw a previous guilty plea to burglary in exchange for a guilty plea to unlawful use of a credit card.


Fire marshals can't inspect Ramos property

Inspectors for the state fire marshal were scheduled to examine a dilapidated apartment complex south of Rantoul on Tuesday.

But the caretakers who were scheduled to open the Cherry Orchard apartment units for inspection apparently left just minutes before the scheduled inspection.


Landlord trial delayed till next month

By PAM G. DEMPSEY / CU-Citizen Access

CHAMPAIGN – The trial of a Champaign father-son landlord team scheduled for Monday has been continued to Feb. 28.


Mother grateful for 'life-changing' program

Misha Jackson has lived on the economic edge for years, and then last May the roof caved in. Literally.

The roof collapsed on the two-bedroom home she was renting in Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago, and her family pretty much lost everything.

So Jackson, 39, a single mom, packed up her kids and looked for something new.


Agencies want to find a place for families

Stories of families living in cars, homeless schoolchildren and waiting lists at shelters have dogged Champaign County social services providers for years.

Efforts to establish a new emergency family shelter might be moving ahead finally, spurred by rising numbers of homeless and new studies of community housing needs.


Income tax increase will hit some families hard

When she awoke last Wednesday morning and heard about the 66 percent income tax increase that Illinois lawmakers had approved the night before, Dianna Waller of Champaign felt "just sick to my stomach and frustrated and disheartened because I have no idea what I'm going to do."


Agency officials seek alternatives for tenants of apartment complex

Hermalinda Cruz moved out of her apartment Thursday afternoon.

That's not a newsworthy event under most circumstances. But for Cruz, it took a bit of courage and came with a sense of relief as she exited unsafe and unsanitary surroundings.


County board member expects code changes

Champaign County Board member Stan James of Rantoul said the Cherry Orchard apartment complex case has caught the eye of several county board members, and he thinks action will be taken to assist rural renters.

"State laws changed after the first of the year, so we're going to review them and try to make (the county code) stronger," James said.


Landlords scheduled to go to trial in January

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/CU-Citizen Access

A bench trial has been scheduled for Jan. 24 for a Champaign father-son landlord team who have not yet complied with an agreement they made with the Champaign County Public Health Department to vacate five buildings in an apartment complex in rural Champaign County.


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