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Affordable Housing Tax Credit Bill Advances Out Of Committee

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Capitol News Illinois

A bill that would offer state tax credits to owners and developers of affordable housing units passed out of committee last week at the Illinois Capitol.

Governor's Eviction Moratorium Extension Expands Tenant Protections

Mar 8, 2021
For Rent sign
Nati Harnik / AP

Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest executive order extending the eviction moratorium for residential tenants adds a new legal protection for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the pandemic.

The front of the newly rennovated Bloomington High School building
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

The first tenants of the former Bloomington High School building in downtown Bloomington began moving in a couple of weeks ago, following a $17 million renovation that began in 2016 when Iceberg Development Group LLC of LeClaire, Iowa, purchased the historic structure.

Rendering of a proposed apartment building.
Town of Normal

A union-backed development group is moving forward with a $9 million affordable senior housing project that would use the old TB Sanatorium in Normal.

Close up of damaged ceiling
WGLT file photo

The state has issued the first grant winners through a new community revitalization effort that includes Bloomington, Peoria and dozens of communities across Illinois.

Aerial image of subdivision in the background with message reading: Housing Blueprint: The Future of Housing in Illinois
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Housing Development Authority

Representatives who work for central Illinois social service agencies and nonprofit organizations say finding safe, affordable housing is not easy—but it's an even bigger challenge for someone who has special needs.

Road signs at intersection
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two new affordable housing developments are coming to McLean County with assistance from federal low-income housing tax credits.

Dave Griggs standing in apartment
Eric Stock / WGLT

Every community struggles to find adequate housing for aging residents who lose their independence. And not all residential complexes are perfect all the time. There can be problems and poor living conditions.

Daughter and mother pose with a social media backdrop for Night in a Car.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Michael Gregg has two gym memberships. The 68-year-old has run five marathons and wearing a dark henley shirt, jeans, and fashionable black-rimmed glasses, you would never see him as homeless. But, for the past two months, Gregg’s address has been the Billy Shelper shelter at Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Hole in the ceiling
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington city officials are traveling to North Carolina this week for the first gathering of a national initiative aimed at improving public health through housing.

Housing Action Illinois

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Larry Pusateri speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Nancy, Marketta, and Maria
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Housing conference in Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Affordable-housing advocates are joining the chorus calling on Illinois lawmakers to approve an infrastructure plan.

Lincoln Lofts site location
Google Maps

The awarding of around $1.4 million in federal tax credits will clear the way for a new, 56-unit affordable housing development in Bloomington.

An estimated 10,643 people in Illinois are homeless according to federal data. Many of those are working - but still can’t make ends meet.

For the Stephens family, it all began with a landlord who refused to make repairs to their rental home.

“Our roof was a joke,” Jenny Stephens said. “Our roof had a big old huge hole in it, gaping hole. And when it snowed, we had snow in our kitchen.”

A measure to expand cases when eviction records can be sealed has advanced out of a House committee.

Proponents say unsealed eviction notices can taint a renter’s record even if an eviction is never carried out. That makes it difficult for renters to find a new home.

Bob Palmer of Housing Action Illinois says,“We understand that landlords have a compelling interest in wanting to screen tenants so they can get good tenants, but we don't think that just having an eviction filing is a good reflection  on someone's ability to be a good tenant.”

Candidates at a table
Amy Niebur / WGLT

When it comes to financial incentives for developers, candidates for Normal Town Council say who receives incentives is just as important as how much they receive.

Vasu speaks to council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Vasu Gadhiraju knows when she says “affordable housing,” many people think about low-income housing.

Man and woman sitting at a table with screen behind them at Normal Public Library Community Room
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

There are more than 700 people waiting for placement in a popular Section 8 public housing program called "Housing Choice," which issues vouchers for tenants to live anywhere in McLean County and pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.