From a news release:
PEORIA, IL – The City of Peoria has secured a permit to demolish a perfectly sound house, the property of a disabled woman who is a senior citizen and her disabled adult daughter, who were unable to mount a defense in court against the demolition procedure because of their disabilities and illnesses.
The house, at 3523 N. Knoxville, Peoria, Il is scheduled to be demolished on Monday morning, June 30, around 9 a.m. The public and press are invited to see this debacle, which will take a sound residence off the tax rolls, and force the women, Peg Pendell and her daughter Jessica Taylor, into nursing homes at Medicaid’s expense, when with a little help they would be able to live independently in their home.
They received the demolition notice on Thursday, June 26, and have tried contacting people for help, but to no avail. Their possessions in the yard are also threatened with destruction. The yard and home are messy because they live on Social Security and have no one to help them remove unwanted items.
The residence was flooded in April 2013 by a nearby creek, so city officials claimed the flooring was damaged to pursue the demolition. But that is not true, it is sound, as anyone with a flashlight can see from the basement. The house is also otherwise sound, though messy, because help is needed removing unwanted items.
Please cover this event to see how the city of Peoria treats these disabled residents by destroying their home to steal it, so their valuable lot can be transferred to someone else.
Calls to several city officials seeking help have not been returned. City attorney Syed Ahmed said on Friday: ”we have a court order and we know she hasn’t fixed it up and we are prepared to enforce the law.”
But how do they know that? There’s nothing to fix. The city inspector, David Graham, also did not return a phone call, and had earlier promised to speak with the lawyer but apparently did not. See for yourselves. – 30 -