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A day for honoring Martin Luther King Jr

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As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, we might pause to consider how much has changed since he came to Chicago in 1966 to advance the cause of fair housing. Dr King described his time in Chicago, where he rented an apartment at 1550 S Hamlin Ave, as “a first step on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 20, 2014

Is master bedroom a racist, gender-biased phrase?

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Back in the mid-90s the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued proposed guidelines for bringing enforcement actions for violations of section 804(c) of the federal Fair Housing Act. The proposed guidelines, which were met with a firestorm of ridicule, suggested that the use of terms such as master bedroom, views, family room, walking distance ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2013

Martin Luther King in Chicago

Martin Luther King in Chicago

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, we might pause to consider how much has changed since he came to Chicago in 1966 to advance the cause of fair housing. Dr King described his time in Chicago, where he rented an apartment at 1550 S Hamlin Ave, as “a first step on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 17, 2011
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Testing, testing – are you sure you want to move to Park Ridge?

Downtown Park Ridge

The Interfaith Housing Center of the North Suburbs deploys trained volunteers in matched pairs to test for instances of housing discrimination. The organization’s Fall 2010 Newsletter (PDF) reports that: By far, African Americans are more likely than not to be denied or discouraged rental housing (55%). Unlike their white “matches” in the paired tests, Black ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 17, 2010

Is Berwyn violating its own fair housing law?

The City of Berwyn’s ordinances, amended in 2008, make it illegal to: Make, print, circulate or publish, or cause to be made, printed, circulated or published, any written or oral notice, statement or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling, that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2010