The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a lawsuit alleging a Chicago couple was racially discriminated against while trying to buy a South Side home.
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a lawsuit alleging a Chicago couple was racially discriminated against while trying to buy a South Side home. The lawsuit filed Monday names home owners Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia, who are white, and real estate agent Jeffrey Lowe. Also named were the Lowe Group Chicago Inc. and Midwest Realty Ventures, LLC., doing business as Prudential Rubloff Properties. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Chicago radio personality and comedian George Willborn and his wife, Peytyn, contends the African-American couple were discriminated against when the home’s owners backed out of a verbal agreement to sell it.
The Willborns made a verbal deal for $1.7 million with the owners for the five-bedroom home at 3300 S. Normal Ave. Less than a month after the agreement, the Sabbias refused to sign the contract and took the home off the market after they allegedly found out the Willborns were Black, according to a $100 million discrimination lawsuit filed last month. Willborn, a Chicago native and 22-year comedy veteran, is the co-host of the nationally syndicated afternoon radio show, “The Michael Baisden Show,” heard in Chicago on WSRB-FM/106.3. Telephone calls to the Sabbias, and attorneys for Lowe and Rubloff for comment were not returned. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
The Chicago Defender‘s Kathy Chaney contributed to this report. (Defender/Kathy Chaney, file)