(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – West suburban Hinsdale has agreed to pay six figures to settle a housing discrimination lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department.
The feds had contended the village illegally blocked a sober living group home from being built in a residential neighborhood.
Hinsdale officials had said the home violated zoning regulations. The federal government accused the suburb of discrimination and violating the federal Housing Act.
Now, the Justice Department says Hinsdale has agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying nearly $800,000 to Trinity Sober Living LLC.
Trinity’s plan was to open a home for 10 residents and a house manager.
Chicago-based attorney U.S. Attorney John Lausch says individuals with disabilities -- including people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction -- should not be excluded from living in residential neighborhoods.
The settlement still needs a federal judge’s approval.
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