Winfield Village on July 8, 2015. This retirement community received more than $2 million in the homestead exemption for tax year 2014.
By Acton H. Gorton/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Landlords of single properties are not the only ones getting tax breaks under the General Homestead Exemption. Companies that own cooperative apartments or...
A view of houses on Hedge Road. Several rental properties here are owned by companies that receive the homestead exemption.
This story was reported by Lyanne Alfaro, Alexandra Brown, Pamela Dempsey, Angelica LaVito, Megan Vasiliadis and Amy Young for CU-CitizenAccess.org. Data analysis was provided by Acton H. Gorton....
Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch by the county seal in the board room where delinquent properties are auctioned in Urbana, IL on Monday, May 4, 2015.
Corinne Ruff / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Last year Bell Sports in Rantoul had about $108,000 in unpaid property taxes.The former Gateway Studios property in Champaign had about $104,800.And...
Lavell Blissit stands outside Steer Place in Urbana on April 15, 2015. He has been a resident there for the past four years, he said.
By Lauren Rohr/for CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Cockroaches, mice feces, broken appliances and mold were among the most severe violations found during standard public housing inspections this past year in...
Jeremy Leevey, fire prevention officer for the Urbana Fire Department, stands outside the University of Illinois Fire Station on Sept. 25, 2014.
By Janelle O'Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org For the past month, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been working to teach students what it takes to prevent fires as a part...
By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- At the Theta Chi fraternity house last fall, Champaign city inspectors found 81 fire and life-safety violations, including holes in bedroom...
Lyanne Alfaro/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Two more low-income Champaign-Urbana families will soon each have new homes. The new housing is a result of one of the many programs overseen by the City of...
Illini Tower, located at 409 East Chalmers Street in Champaign.
By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess -- In addition to fraternities and sororities, inspectors visit 15 privately-owned residences that fall under the certified housing rules,...
Alpha Delta Phi, located at 310 East John Street in Champaign
By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois...
By Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Housing Authority of Champaign County started opening up parts of its public housing waiting list at the beginning of August, and it is now accepting...

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