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Suit Challenges Low-income Housing Plan

CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government says in a lawsuit condemning a low-income housing complex in Joliet, Ill., would force African-American residents to move to another town.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, charges Joliet violated federal housing laws and seeks to stop the condemnation unless the city “develops and implements a plan providing for adequate and affordable housing for those persons who would be displaced,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“The city has no meaningful plan to provide such affordable housing on a similar scale elsewhere in the city,” the suit says.

The federally subsidized complex west of downtown Joliet, Evergreen Terrace, is home to about 765 mostly African-American residents.

Joliet officials say the complex is crime-ridden and are prepared to spend $3.5 million for redevelopment for affordable housing and for relocating residents.

“We welcome the lawsuit,” City Manager Tom Thanas said. “We’ll have a neutral party resolving the dispute and assessing the facts, and we believe the neutral party will see that the city’s interest in protecting the residents’ right should prevail.”

Jake Paschen, president of the company that manages the complex, Burnham Management Co., could not be reached for comment, the Tribune said.

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  • David M

    Lets see the goverment can’t give us the right to work but you have the right to free housing.Liberal pigs. Now you see what welfare has breeded, now you want to move that scum to another city?

  • Raggs

    Chicago… hey isn’t that where ole whats his name oblama came from?

    He had STRONG roots with ACORN that went through something similar to this… HUMMMM… Yup

    Lets pack all of these african americans and send them to Detroit, oh but they have the same issues…. GEZZZZ GO FIGURE….
    Free housing, Free drugs, Free guns what the hell else can these people ask for?

    • Dan az

      Raggs
      Maybe they can unionize and have obumer head it up!Oh ya I think he already does.

      • Raggs

        everyone has seen that when the blacks move in to a community everything goes to crap and the decent people leave.

  • Dan az

    Raggs
    Did you go back to see what I sent to obumer for his birthday?

    • Raggs

      Nope sure didn’t what was it?

      • Dan az

        Raggs
        It would have been better if you had gone back an read it but here goes:
        Dear President Obama”

        We The People have stated resolutely that we reject your vision
        for our country. You claim you have not heard us.

        WE THE PEOPLE have assembled across America resisting your
        efforts to subvert our CONSTITUTION and undermine our
        LIBERTY. You claim you have not seen us.

        Since you have not acknowledged our message let us here
        present it once more. For if as President Wilson said, a leaders
        ear must ring with the voices of the people, the time has come.

        Our greatest treasure is FREEDOM. The absence of restraints
        on our ability to think and to act. The corollary of FREEDOM is
        INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. We believe in the power of the
        individual. A few years ago President Bush said, “History moves
        toward FREEDOM because the desire for FREEDOM is written in
        every human heart.” Let us add that we will preserve it only as
        long as devotion to FREEDOM is expressed in the heart of our
        ACTIONS.

        When President Lincoln dedicated Gettysburg National Cemetery
        he declared, “it is for us the living … to be dedicated here to the
        unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so nobly
        advanced.” That unfinished cause for which our soldiers willingly
        go to battle and for which so many have given their lives is a
        FREE United States of America.

        It has been nearly one hundred fifty years and the work President
        Lincoln spoke of is not finished. In fact, that work will never be
        finished. FREEDOM IS THE CAPACITY FOR SELF DETERMINATION.
        It is not an entity but a condition, and conditions change.
        FREEDOM can expand, yet so can it contract.

        You promised CHANGE when you took office, Mr. President, but
        subjugation is not CHANGE we wanted or will accept. You have
        expanded government violated our CONSTITUTION confounded
        laws seized private industry destroyed jobs perverted our
        ECONOMY curtailed FREE SPEECH corrupted our CURRENCY
        weakened our NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENDANGERED OUR
        sovereignty.

        By compromising our nation’s cultural, legal, and economic
        institutions you are ensuring that our children will never achieve
        the same quality of life as we enjoy today. Through generational
        theft you are robbing the unborn of opportunity. This is not
        acceptable not in AMERICA. We did not become a strong nation
        through HOPE but rather through self-reliance.

        No one better understands the relationship between individual
        achievement dignity and strength than our ARMED FORCES.
        Through every war our soldiers have held this nation’s destiny in
        their hands. They have not failed us. They cherish FREEDOM
        enough that they are willing to DIE FOR IT. Our duty to them and
        to ourselves is to treasure FREEDOM enough TO LIVE UP TO IT.

        We accept the challenge, Mr. President. That is why we are
        assembling across the land to deliver our message to you as often
        and in every way we can. Dismiss us at your political peril. Our
        great nation is a REPUBLIC. We will not accept tyranny under any
        guise.

        Your policy to redistribute the fruits of our labor is STATISM and
        will not be tolerated. By our honor, Mr. President, we vow forever
        to resist coercive government in AMERICA. PATRIOTS will not stand
        silent as you attempt to dismantle the greatest nation on earth.

        WE THE PEOPLE will defend our liberty, we will protect our beloved
        country and America’s EXCEPTIONALISM WILL PREVAIL!

        GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

        Sincerely, WE THE PEOPLE
        Sorry for repeating it again and again,I’ll try not to in the future.

  • s c

    I can’t comment on all low-income housing, but certain cities in the US have a long-established reputation of having government-approved ghettos. Now there’s a reputation America can live without.
    In other words, we have a lot of politicians who make a career out of creating AND maintaining ghettos.
    People who live in those wastelands start out way behind in life, and welfare becomes a way of life (slow death in many cases). Throw in drugs and gangs, and living there can be a quick death.
    And Uncle Scam is PROUD of this so-called achievement?
    Uncle Scam never did have a true sense of helping people to better themselves. I’d like to see some of the more vocal bastards who use America’s government-approved ghettos like a resume enhancer prove where their priorities are, and LIVE in those ghettos. OK, Nancy, Harry, Bawney, Chuckie, Motormouth Joe and Chuckles Durbin, it’s time for you to re-locate. Show us whatcha got.

    • Dan az

      I would love to see that!!! :)

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