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$1 Million to Quincy HA to Remove Lead

Housing officials in Quincy, Illinois, about 135 north of St. Louis, aim to address properties built in 1942. Houses built before the 1978 federal ban on lead-based paint most likely contain traces of lead. The HUD funds will be used to hire a contractor to conduct testing and lead abatement for five properties, which contain […]

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Substandard Management Levels in McDonough

The Chicago Field Office of U.S. Housing and Urban Development addressed substandard management level during a visit on August 21-23 to the McDonough County Housing Authority. From 2012 to 2015, the MHA had maintained a management score between 22 and 25. The score then dropped sharply in 2016 to 16 and again in 2017 to […]

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McHenry County Seeks New ED

The McHenry County Housing Authority has begun its search for a new executive director.    The authority’s current executive director, Julie Biel-Claussen, has announced plans to retire. Her last day will be Oct. 31, and a committee has been formed to seek her replacement. The McHenry County Housing Authority’s board will make the ultimate decision on […]

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$30,000 Raise for HAJ CEO

Over the past five years, Michael Simelton has brought stability to the Joliet Housing Authority as the organization’s chief executive officer. On Wednesday, housing authority commissioners agreed in unanimous fashion that a pay raise, a $30,000 raise, was warranted. Simelton was rewarded with a new five-year employment contract to oversee the Joliet Housing Authority and […]

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Will County Office

822 Infantry Drive, Suite 100
Joliet, Illinois 60435

Phone: 815-730-9500

Kendall County Office

126 South Main Street
Oswego, Illinois 60543

Phone: 630-554-7800

Cook County Office

180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Phone: 312-216-5101

Grundy County Office

116 E. Washington Street
Morris, Illinois 60450

Phone: 815-513-5437