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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Tenant voices concerns with Pekin Housing Authority

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(HOI) -- "It's gross. It smells funky all the time and it's not okay to let anyone live like that."

That's how Aimee Noonan described her living conditions in Pekin.

She's been in her unit, which is owned by the Pekin Housing Authority, for about 5 months.

She said her youngest daughter didn't have any health issues before they called this place home, but now she has multiple medications.

Her other children have suffered too.

"My son's constantly congested. I'm constantly congested when I wake up, so it's been a lot of missing work and not being able to financially keep up with everything."

She said there were issues right away.

The toilet finally replaced a few weeks ago, but the list goes on.

"They still have not come back to seal the toilet or fix the floor or take out any of the mold in the bathroom which there is a ton."

She told Jessica Cook she is afraid to turn on the furnace, but she'll have to soon since the cold weather is approaching.

"It's caked with probably years worth of lint and dust back up and part of it isn't even connected. It makes weird rattling noises back there all the time."

Noonan added she's ready to move on from living in housing.

"They just don't take care of their properties at all which is sad because there's a lot of people that are on hard times and need reliable housing..."

Noonan is trying to turn things around.

She previously lived in a domestic violence shelter.

"Just because you're having a hard time in life doesn't mean you have to be living somewhere that's not livable and not taken care of."

She won't let her baby crawl on the floor because of her skin issues and she won't let her other children on the playground.

When the Troubleshooters were there our crew saw plastic bottles, a shoe, and a dirty diaper.

Noonan said her neighbor recently found needles in a jar.

Pekin Housing Authority has a needle and syringe disposal policy on its website that states in part..."It is the policy of the housing authority to fully enforce safety guidelines related to proper disposal of needles and syringes by residents."

It goes on to say a resident can be evicted for violating the rules.

Jessica Cook spoke to Executive Director Dennis Green over the phone.

He said the playground has been a problem recently since kids aren't going to school in person.

As far as Noonan's unit he said they've been in her apartment several times to work on it and disputes her account of what's going on.

He said there is no mold in the bathroom and she was shown the unit before moving in.

"I'm just trying to come up with the money to get out of here because I know things aren't going to change for me, but hopefully I can make things change for other people."

Noonan has reached out to Prairie State Legal.

The Troubleshooters filed Freedom of Information Act Requests for police reports and code enforcement records.

We have not received them yet, but will keep you updated on this developing story.

Heart of Illinois ABC asked Green to clarify what he thinks is in the bathroom if not mold.

He said he saw dust along with some housekeeping issues and the apartment has not been tested for mold by way of an air sample comparing it to mold in the air outside.

He noted a city inspector did not find mold either.

Green said maintenance was prepared to go work on Noonan's unit last week, but one of her kids is in quarantine.

As for Noonan she said it shouldn't have taken this long to get answers.

Click here to find her Go Fund Me.

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