Discrimination is in direct conflict with our community's values and the Oak Park Regional Housing Center's mission to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity in Oak Park. Thus, we find the results of the village's report on discrimination in rental housing to be upsetting and disheartening.
In what may turn out to be a turning point in the race for 1st District Cook County Commissioner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other politicians gathered for a press conference downtown at the Union League of Chicago to endorse candidate Blake Sercye. Chicago political heavies put their money on the line by pledging to raise or donate the maximum amount to Sercye's campaign, around $104,000.
Last year Oak Park's village government paid $15,000 to have a well-respected fair housing organization conduct blind testing to determine if local landlords were discriminating against potential tenants on the basis of race or disability.
It hasn't sunk in yet for Consuelo Benamon that her baby boy is gone. The mother of six was a few houses down the street on Valentine's Day when a fire broke out in a two-flat apartment building at 151 N. Laramie Ave., in the Austin neighborhood.