Apartment building fuels jump in home construction

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged.

Homebuilder confidence slips in January

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident this month about their sales prospects, a pullback from December when builders' confidence reached the highest level in 11 years.

JPMorgan to pay $55 million to settle discrimination suit

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.

While the settlement is not a big financial dent to the giant bank, the cases illustrate the depth of the mortgage quagmire that has trailed the financial sector for a decade.

Champaign County home sales hit 10-year high

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County home sales topped 3,000 in 2016 for the first time in a decade, increasing 8.23 percent from a year earlier.

Total home sales rose from 2,782 in 2015 to 3,011 in 2016, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors. That's slightly less than the 3,074 that were sold in 2006.

Building permits, Jan. 15, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Habitat for Humanity, repair of single-family residence at 709 Tawney Court, $25,500.

Bob Swisher: Remnants of Burnham Hospital still exist

Burnham City Hospital is a very special place to me; I was born there, as were my four sons. Their mother (my first wife) graduated from the Burnham School of Nursing, Class of 1955, and she is still active in their alumni association, which puts out a newsletter and gives scholarships on a regular basis.

PODCAST: Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen 01-11-17

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Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen discusses the plans for the Bristol Place neighborhood, the latest ruling in the case of police officer Matt Rush and the proposal for citizen input on use of force by police.


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Bristol Place redevelopment plan clears first hurdle

Mayor Deb Feinen talks Bristol Place Wednesday at 4:20 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — The boarded-up Bristol Place neighborhood is dotted with crows and lined by bent fences. The shriveling homes are stained with discoloration and holes in the siding.

Rantoul may join program aimed at reducing housing crime

RANTOUL — In an effort to reduce crime in rental housing and improve the village's image, Rantoul officials are expected to sign off on adopting a Crime Free Multi-Housing program next month.