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Illinois Municipal invests $210m in real estate

by Zoë Wolff

The $34.8 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has committed $210 million to two real estate funds, according to John Krupa, communications manager.

The pension fund committed $100 million to Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies III. The real estate debt fund managed by The Blackstone Group has a similar strategy to its predecessor, Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies II, which invested in mezzanine loans and whole loans. The fund recently received a committed from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board.

The pension fund additionally committed €100 million ($110 million) to Ares European Property Enhancement Partners II. The value-added real estate fund managed by Ares Management targets property investments primarily in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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