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Quinn: Ill. to build, renovate affordable housing

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:14 Published in Local News

   Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide.

   The Chicago Democrat said in a statement yesterday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.

   The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.

   Residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income to qualify for the units. That's about $35,000 in the Chicago area.

   In Edwardsville, an existing independent living development serving seniors and people with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and a new wing built, creating and preserving 70 affordable apartments.  

   In Aurora, the state plans to acquire and rehabilitate 40 vacant single-family homes. In Chicago, a 106-unit development for seniors will be built on the site of an abandoned building and unused tennis courts.

   Units also are planned for the Bloomington-Normal area, Galesburg, Marion and Springfield.

 

Federal court panel stays Missouri man's execution

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:57 Published in Local News

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has stayed a Missouri man's execution a little more than a day before he was set to die.

   Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994.

   But late Monday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to stay the execution on Nicklasson's claims of ineffective counsel.

   A stay such as this in a death row case is not unusual and does not mean the execution ultimately will be scuttled.

   The state is expected to appeal the decision to the full appeals court.

 

STL County approves preliminary Boeing incentive package

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:40 Published in Local News

   When the state of Missouri presents it's economic package to Boeing Tuesday, it'll include an extra tax incentive from St. Louis County.  

   Monday night, the County Council unanimously approved a preliminary package that could be worth as much as $1.8 billion if Boeing agrees to build the 777X commercial airliner near Lambert Airport.  The specific form of the incentives will take has not yet been determined, but could include TIFs, or tax increment financing.

   Both County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay addressed the County Council last night in an effort to win the incentives.  Both made the case that the number of jobs the plant would bring would mean a significant economic boost to the region.  Production of the plane could bring as many as 8,000 new jobs to the St. Louis area.  

   With the county incentives and the tax breaks approved by state lawmakers last week, Missouri's bid to win the plant is worth nearly $3.5 billion over 20 years.   

   More than a dozen communities are vying for the new Boeing plant.  The aerospace company is expected to make a decision in January 2014.

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