DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Hidden secrets were buried away in the offices of county recorders.
Real estate deeds and other documents dating back to the 30s and 40s that enabled whites to get bank loans for homes while discriminating against Black people and other minorities were uncovered. A problem in the deep south? It was happening right here in central Illinois.
With the help of county recorders in Macon, Champaign and Sangamon counties, WAND News found restrictive racial covenants and racial restrictions listed in real estate records that still exist in that paperwork today. Although legally unenforceable, language prohibiting anyone not of the white or Caucasian race from owning or living in certain properties has never been removed from official government records.
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