CU Citizen Access
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals is set to discuss proposed changes early next year that would give Wilber Heights residents more freedom to improve their homes.