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Bost Amendment Approved by U.S. House

The House of Representatives [June 24 2019] unanimously approved an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost expressing Congress’s will that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) fully implement changes recommended by its Office of Inspector General for Cairo’s public housing system. Recommended reforms include stronger enforcement for uncooperative housing agencies, improved communication […]

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Cairo Residents Want Justice

Seven months after the federal government ordered former Alexander County Housing Authority Director James Wilson to pay a $500,000 fine for mismanaging public housing funds and program fraud, he’s yet to make a single payment.  The Southern.com

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Macon Street Homes Filled

The two-story West Macon Street house that Lance Spinler recently bought includes a fenced-in backyard where his beagle Dotti and American bully Luka can play. Go inside, and the home was built to keep heat and power costs low, another selling point.   Herald-Review.com

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Demotion on Hazardous Complexes

A demolition company is busy removing two housing complexes in Cairo.   More than two years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced they would be demolishing the McBride and Elmwood housing units due to unsafe and hazardous conditions.   wsiltv.com

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Director Unlikely to Face Criminal Charges

CAIRO — There are unlikely to be any criminal charges brought against James Wilson, the former longtime director of the Alexander County Housing Authority and mayor of Cairo. In September, then-Acting Deputy Housing and Urban Development Inspector General Jeremy Kirkland told a U.S. House oversight panel that his office had forwarded the investigation to the […]

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Demolition Comes to a Vote in Danville

Following the Housing Authority of the City of Danville’s board of commissioners approving the intergovernmental agreement in March, the Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee will act on the Fair Oaks housing complex demolition agreement next week. The committee will consider approving an agreement for the city to demolish six buildings at Fair Oaks with […]

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State Denies Tax Credits

DANVILLE — State officials have denied low-income housing tax credits for a proposed $15 million development on various vacant lots in Danville.   Danville Housing Authority board members formed a separate nonprofit organization to apply for the tax credits through the Illinois Housing Development Authority in an effort to finance 70 units of affordable housing, including […]

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Woman Indicted for Fraud to Secure Housing Benefits

A Springfield woman has been indicted after prosecutors allege she obtained public housing benefits she should not have received. Jill Dixon-Taylor was indicted on a charge of State Benefits Fraud, a felony. The indictment alleges she knowingly misrepresented her employment and financial status to obtain housing benefits from the Springfield Housing Authority from December 2008 […]

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