CHICAGO, IL -Â On June 25th, 2014Â Willie Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign arrived back at his office at Ms. Sis CafÃ©, located at 1401 E 75th Street, only to find workers under contract with Safeguard Properties LLC, removing furniture, appliances, organizational files, and personal possessions. Fleming and others in his organization were in the midst of making repairs to the cafÃ©.
In September 2013, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Safeguard LLC for illegally evicting struggling Illinois homeowners by breaking into their homes, changing the locks, and shutting off utilities. According to the lawsuit, Safeguard, a Delaware corporation based in Ohio regularly deemed occupied properties in Illinois as vacant in spite of clear evidence that the homes were still occupied.
In addition to making repairs to the building, Mr. Fleming and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign were helping its former owner to negotiate a solution with the mortgager, Citibank.
Anti-evictiion activists,Â foreclosed homeowners, and neighborhood residents will hold a press conference today at Ms Sis CafÃ©, located at 1401 E 75th Street, at 9:30 a.m., followed by building clean up.
For more information, contact the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign 773-236-0559 or visit www.chicagoantieviction.org