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Thursday, February 25, 2016

SLUM LORD OR POLITICAL PAYOFF IN JUSTICE: Update

So we heard back from the Mayor's office and this is what he had to say.

Hello

This is the first time that you send me the e-mail. I still don’t understand what the problem is. What are the requests . I am not aware of any issues. Please enlighten me and be specific of what is the nature of problem.And in fact neither you or anyone else reached to me or the office staff.

 

Krzysztof Wasowicz

Mayor, Village of Justice

Funny since this was the 2nd email we sent. We also heard from Christine Radogno's office.

Hi John:

Senator Radogno is out of the office - but I encourage you to reach out to the legislators that represent the area in Justice that this residence falls into.  As this is federal legislation that is being violated, perhaps you should start with Congressman Lipinski's office.  I did forward your message to Rep Zalewski's office, and they share office space with Sen Landek - so they have a heads up already.

Congressman Dan Lipinski / Oak Lawn
708-424-0853

Senator Steve Landek / Burbank
708-430-2510

Representative Mike Zalewski / Riverside
repzalewski@gmail.com
708-442-6500

Sincerely,

Eileen Minahan
District Director
Office of Christine Radogno
State Senator, 41st District
Illinois Senate Republican Leader

Funny part is we called Lipinski's office left a voice mail and got no response so we will try again

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SLUM LORD OR POLITICAL PAYOFF IN JUSTICE, ILLINOIS

We are investigating 8317 West 79th Street in Justice Illinois. The owner of the building is Mark Kardalewski.  Mr. Kardalewski has a Disabled Veteran and a child with spinalbifida living at this building address.  We have been informed by the tenants that they have seen him pay off the building inspector. We also were informed they have complained about the snow not being plowed or the salt on the ground or mice not being trapped.

Upon our investigation we noticed the entry ways are at 32 inches with the door opened at 90 degrees. Which brings this building out of code. We also noticed the kitchen area is small and out of code. We even noticed the counters and the bathroom is not up to code.

We spoke with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development they had informed us that under the fair housing act 42 U.S.C. 3604 March 13,1991 [ revised ] clearly states that the entry doors need to be 36 inches with the door opened at 90 degrees, the kitchen needs to have 30 inches x 48 inches clear space clear floor space with a minimum of 40 inches in between opposing cabinets and that the bathroom 30 inches x 48 inches of floor space out side a swinging door as it closes.

So in short this building is not up to the American Disabilities Act nor is it in compliance with the Fair Housing Act of 1991.  We will bring you updates as this story developes.