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State sues Orland Park townhouse group

Updated: September 18, 2014 6:35AM



An Orland Park townhouse association changed its bylaws to prevent an owner from renting his home to black tenants, according to a lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general’s office.

The lawsuit comes after the owner of one of the townhouses filed a complaint last September with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, contending that the change in the bylaws was discriminatory.

The townhouse owner moved out in June 2012 and, unable to find a buyer, attempted to find a renter for the home in the 9900 block of 143rd Street, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suits alleges that other members of the four-person townhouse association amended its bylaws in May 2013 to prohibit rentals, seeking to block the owner from potentially renting his home to blacks.

The change in the bylaws came soon after the owner had showed the townhouse to potential black tenants, according to the suit. It says he ultimately sold the home in October.

The attorney general’s office is seeking in excess of $35,000 in damages for the townhouse owner as well as $10,000 in penalties.



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