Should Ill. be lending money to homeowners when state is running large deficit?

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by Brian Barthold / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 7:14 PM

(KMOV.com) – News 4 has learned a program designed to help first time home buyers in Illinois will not affect the state’s budget deficit.

The program, entitled Welcome Home Illinois, gives first time homebuyers $7500 loan to help them make a down payment. Borrowers who do not default on their home loan will have the loan forgiven after five years. Gov. Pat Quinn told News 4 only families with good credit can qualify.

News 4 has learned that the program is privately funded and does not come from Illinois general revenue fund, so it does not count against the state’s deficit.

 

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