Godinez v. Sullivan-Lackey

815 N.E.2d 822, 352 Ill. App. 3d 87 (2004)

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Godinez v. Sullivan-Lackey

Illinois Appellate Court
815 N.E.2d 822, 352 Ill. App. 3d 87 (2004)

Facts

The Section 8 program was a federal program that provided financial assistance to low-income individuals so that they could rent housing from private landlords. Individuals who were approved for assistance received Section 8 vouchers. June Sullivan-Lackey (plaintiff), a Chicago resident, had a Section 8 voucher. Sullivan-Lackey submitted a rental application for an apartment owned by Julio Godinez (defendant). The apartment was managed by Julio’s son, Carlos Godinez (defendant). Carlos stated that he did not accept Section 8 vouchers and refused to rent to Sullivan-Lackey. Sullivan-Lackey subsequently filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations (commission). Specifically, Sullivan-Lackey contended that the Godinezes violated the City of Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance (ordinance) by discriminating against her on the basis of her Section 8 status. The commission ruled in favor of Sullivan-Lackey, finding that the Godinezes would not suffer a substantial financial burden by renting to Sullivan-Lackey. The Godinezes filed suit in the trial court, challenging the commission’s ruling. The trial court reversed the commission’s ruling. Sullivan-Lackey appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Campbell, J.)

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