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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.

County zoning board to discuss Wilber Heights proposal

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.

Landlords have deadline to vacate apartments in health complaint

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/CU-Citizen Access

A Champaign father-son landlord team has until Dec. 20 to vacate five apartment buildings at the Cherry Orchard apartment complex south of Rantoul under an agreement with the Champaign County Public Health Department.