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The front of the newly rennovated Bloomington High School building
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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.

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The pandemic may be wrecking a lot of things for a lot of people. But one part of the economy that’s doing well is home improvement.

Chipped paint on porch
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The Cty of Bloomington is getting $2 million from the federal government to remove lead from 92 housing units.

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.

Town of Normal sign
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The Town of Normal is using some of its federal COVID relief for housing assistance.

Lodge exterior
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The largest student apartment landlord in Normal said Friday it will close common areas and disperse crowds at its marquee property in response to COVID-19 concerns about large gatherings.

In a virtual meeting on Tuesday night, the Normal Human Relations Commission heard a presentation from Prairie State Legal Services about fair housing issues.

Attorney Emily Petri outlined the protections guaranteed to renters and homebuyers under the federal Fair Housing Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and local ordinances.

Designed to protect people from unfair housing practices, the laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of characteristics like race, religion, sexual orientation, family status, and disability.

For Rent signage
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McLean County tenants who are struggling because of the pandemic have another place to turn for help paying their rent.

Students sitting on grass on ISU Quad
Illinois State University

An attorney representing students at Illinois State University said he expects to get plenty of questions about off-campus lease agreements from students now that the university is moving to mostly online instruction this fall.

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

Distributing meals
Facebook / United Way of McLean County

A coalition of public and private partners that sprang into action with grab-and-go meals and housing assistance after COVID-19 hit is now turning its attention to filling gaps in child care when schools reopen.

For Rent signage
David Zalubowski / AP

McLean County residents struggling financially because of COVID-19 could need up to $2.7 million in housing assistance in just the next three months—and a new community coalition says it’s got a plan to meet that challenge.

For Rent sign
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Janis Hollins is a landlord who knows what it’s like to be on hard times.

Hollins and her husband, Andrew, were literally homeless for four days after losing their jobs and their house during the real estate crash of the Great Recession.

Michael and Tammy
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The leaders of a newly combined real estate company are bullish on the housing markets in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria, despite slowing sales and a dip in prices in 2019.

Hole in the ceiling
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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.

Larry Pusateri speaks
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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
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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.

Speakers at the conference
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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.

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
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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.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said he's in favor of better communication with student landlords.

Dietz said he will meet next month with apartment owners concerned the university is building up to 1,200 new student beds in a pod format.

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The Town of Normal has a new plan in place to get more residents’ input on Community Development Block Grant spending.

Peoria Area Home Sales See Increase Over 2017

Oct 26, 2018
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Peoria Area Association of Realtors President Suzanne Miller says it’s a good time to get into the housing market.

Firefighters at a burning apartment
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Bloomington aldermen took formal steps Monday night to discourage chronic housing code violations with more fines and a new classification for repeat offenders.

Construction worker at a home project
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Ten years after the Great Recession, a new housing crisis has developed in America. You’ve been hearing reports all week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, about those who’ve been shut out of the housing market. Here's a look at how the homebuilding slowdown is playing out in Bloomington-Normal.

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You know what’s not good for a real estate market? A ton of uncertainty at the market’s biggest employer.

Housing Inequality Still Plagues Minority Communities

Jan 15, 2018
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The president of the Illinois chapter of the NAACP says that more than 50 years after the federal Fair Housing Act was enacted, African-Americans still face housing discrimination, predatory mortgage lending practices, and other obstacles to moving into racially diverse and affluent neighborhoods.

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It’s been a tumultuous couple of months for Moesha Tyner and her six children.

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In September, the GLT investigative series Landlord v. Tenant revealed increasing tensions between landlords and lower income tenants, who are often forced to rent substandard housing.

March B-N Home Sales Defy Corporate Cutbacks

Apr 19, 2016
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Bloomington-Normal home sales were unchanged last month compared to last year with 221 homes being sold. That comes despite the loss of a major employer.

Karen Stailey-Lander is president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors.  She says layoffs at Caterpillar in Peoria, and the closing of the Mitsubishi plant in McLean County are having minimal effects.