Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 6, 2014

Mobile home park hit by discrimination lawsuit

Associated Press

EFFINGHAM — The U.S. Justice Department has sued Four Seasons Estates Mobile Home Park in Effingham, alleging it violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against African-Americans and families with children.

The lawsuit alleges owner Lorraine Wallschlaeger and several employees imposed requirements on African-Americans interested in living at Four Seasons Estates Mobile Home Park they did not impose on white prospective tenants. Among them was completion of a written application and having their mobile homes inspected before being accepted into the park.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. It seeks an end to discrimination and monetary penalties.

Wallschlaeger has an unlisted telephone and couldn't be reached for comment. A telephone call to Four Seasons Estates Mobile Home Park for comment wasn't immediately returned.

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