Activists Arrested Trying To Stop Eviction Of Addison Family

ADDISON, Ill. (CBS) — An Addison mother and three sons are being evicted from their home, and some activists are trying to prevent it.

In so doing, five of those activists found themselves in the back of a police car.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, DuPage County sheriff’s police arrested five members of the Anti-Eviction Campaign, including the spokeswoman, Holly Trig, who is six months pregnant.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

The homeowner, Luz Smedbron, and her children had agreed to leave the home at 200 N. Maple St., which was lost to foreclosure and later sold at an auction.

The eviction and arrests drew a number of spectators. One of them, Paula Eisenberg, said she was outraged at what went on.

“If you go into that house, there’s so much stuff in there,” Eisenberg said. “Even if she needed to leave the house, this could be done in a very much more humane way.”

Charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to property and obstructing justice were Krig, 37, of Norridge; Jorge Ortiz, 19, of Chicago; Christopher Poulos, 25, of Arlington Heights; Toussaint Losier, 19, of Chicago; and Rory Fanning, 34, of an unknown address.

A spokeswoman for the DuPage County sheriff’s office said they were “hoping for a peaceful resolution with the protesters,” a group of about a dozen, but when several of them refused to leave the property, they were arrested.

As for the eviction, spokeswoman Dawn Dumrose said: “The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has been directed by court order, which has been confirmed through the courts as a valid order, that the Smedbrons are to be evicted. The sheriff’s office served the residents with the lawful order to vacate, and the new property owner signed complaints against anyone who does not leave the property.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Felipe

    These activists are heroes, trying to keep a family in their only home. Greedy bankers are profiting off of forcing entire families into homelessness. This kind of nonviolent resistance is exactly what we need. Drop the charges, jail the bankers!

    • What!?!

      This family didn’t pay their mortgage payment, they didn’t keep up their end of the loan covenant with the bank/lending institution. The house was foreclosed, a new owner bought it (one who makes the payments), and the family no longer owned it. They were living in a place that was no longer theirs. If they had made their payments, then they wouldn’t be homeless now. The police are right in jailing the activists. Instead of protesting against a legal eviction, they should have been directing their energy to helping the family find a place to live.

      • GM

        You are correct!

      • Raymond Prudente

        You are wrong!
        Actors, musicians, athletes, reality stars, politicians are delinquent taxpayers. We know that more than 28, 200 Federal employees owed IRS $3.3 Billion in taxes… have willfully neglected to pay their income taxes. 638 Capitol Hill workers owe IRS $9.3 Million in back taxes. 41 Obama White House aids owe IRS $831,000. Tom Daschle the former Democratic senate minority leader owe $120,000 that he just forget to pay taxes! Billionaire Bren’s son owes State of Cal. 2.3 Million, Steven Bren occupies No. 13 list of 250 delinquent taxpayers of the State. GE the country’s biggest co. is notorious for not paying taxes even submitted and secured more than $3 Billion govt. benefits. Corporations are not paying their obligations to the Internal Revenue. AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE! Nobody is above the law but those ordinary middle-class Americans meet their government obligations.

  • Dennis

    Maybe the activists should have helped them make their payments.

  • Larry Fredricks

    If you fail to make your payments and default on a financial obligation, you lose the collateral. Didn’t someone explain this to them when they moved in?

  • OneNation

    Banks should of NEVER BEEN FORCED to give loans to people who are unable to pay for them. This is only going to get worse. Thanks Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, these pols never have to live the stupid laws they pass. They are always above it. We are going to change this in 2012.

    • Right

      Actually I remember jesse complaining that more minorities should get loans. That’s one of the reasons we have the problems we do now. Don’t vote for anyone jesse supports

    • OLD VET


      • OLD VET

        oh please are you going to root for the gang of thugs instead? Endless war without payment? Cut social security?

      • Soquickly Weforget

        The housing bubble broke in 2007, two (2) years before the Obama Administration. He is being blamed by people like yourself that have seem to forgotten that he is cleaning up Bush’s mess.

  • Brian

    Felipe……It was not their home. They were freeloading. No Pay = No House

    • Felipe

      No, Brian, it was most definitely their home. It is where they resided and built memories and were an organic part of the community. You are siding with the rich, the banks, and the politicians who are causing the worst housing crisis ever. Who’s side are you on? This transfer of people’s homes to the rich thru foreclosures is what is destroying our society.

      • Mike

        You are an idiot, felipe

      • What!?!

        @ Felipe – No, the home was not theirs. It was foreclosed because they didn’t pay their mortgage, and another person bought it. Read the story, and stop with the “organic” touchy feely stuff. This family was indeed freeloading by living someplace that they didn’t own and were not even paying rent to the true legal owner. And what is destroying our society, contrary to what you state above, is the entitlement attitude that you so freely show.

      • Mr. Justice

        You need to go and visit Russia and see what communism and socialism did to that country. If one does not pay their mortgage, then unfortunately, they can no longer live in the house. I hate to see anyone lose their home, but that is how society works. We ARE NOT a socialist country. We are a Republic.

  • James

    These feckless activists accomplish little more than attention grabbing. That might be sufficient motive for them to act, but at what cost? It raises ire among reasonable people who are otherwise sympathetic to the plight of the former homeowners. Instead of opening their wallets to aid an organization that could alleviate the burdens of eviction, people will sit on them while disgusted at the thought of the activist’s behavior.

  • John

    Chris Dodd and Barney Frank caused this mess by passing legislation forcing lenders to give mortgages to people who couldn’t make the payments. Arrest them instead. Or tell them to make the mortgage payments.

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  • beechnut

    Not only homes, but with cars as well. And while people should pay what they owe, I believe that if a financial institution deliberately makes loans to people they know upfront can’t afford, then perhaps they should be saddled with some of the responsibility for the default. When contracts are signed, nobody knows what that family’s situation is going to be later, especially at a time when so many are losing their jobs and income daily. The idea of 30-year home loans and even 4 or 5 year car loans was spawned in a different time–a time when most were able to hold onto their jobs for what in many cases was a lifetime. We all know that those days are long gone, and so we have to come up with some different solutions.

  • Raymond Prudente

    Wall Street Bank J.P. Morgan Chase agreed to pay $153.6 Million to settle Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil fraud charges that it misled buyers of mortgage investments as housing market collapsed. Regulators have been investigating a number of Bank’s action ahead of the financial crisis that plunged the country into the most severe depression of 1930. And more charges are expected. Violators should be criminally prosecuted.

    But foreclosures are still streaming through the system, home prices are at record lows. Banks ‘Dual Track” process that has caused homeowners to receive foreclosure notices even as they are negotiating modifications. They also planning to implement a series of new servicing standards verifying that affidavits submitted in foreclosure are accurate and complete, which banks failed to do in recent “Robo-Signing” scandal and more evidence of irregularities keep cropping up. Bank of America is facing lawsuit from their shareholders for damages relating to shoddy foreclosure processing.

    Homes that have no mortgage at all are being illegally foreclosed. Questionable and phony loans were written on those properties to boast and justify XXX or AAA ratings! 65 million homes are foreclosed and whether you are making payment or not you are not safe, you could be the next! This a NAZI dictatorial-land-grab design based on fraud, no judge signing paperwork. Every loan is fraudulent. 65 million people should be in the streets protesting and revolting.

  • Felipe

    @Mr. Justice (sic) and What?! – The real freeloaders are clearly the banks, corporations and the politicians of both parties, not these hard-working (or, these days, structurally unemployed) victims. And what made the USSR terrible was not its economic system that turned a poor nation into the world’s second most powerful economy in a few short years (before the wasteful arms race bankrupted both superpowers), but its LACK OF CIVIL LIBERTIES and its HUGE GULAG SYSTEM that you guys want the US to copy by jailing peaceful activists. MLK,jr came to Chicago to fight for housing justice, just like these heroic activists, but, I’m sure you guys hate him, too. You prefer Stalin’s approach

    • What!?!

      No Felipe, I do not prefer Stalin’s approach, I prefer that people pay their bills/mortgages and therefore do not get foreclosed on. It’s really a very simple concept, one that seems to escape your entitled mentality, that if you make your mortgage payment you don’t get foreclosed on. Period. End of story. This family didn’t keep up their end of a mortgage covenant, the bank rightfully and legally took the house. The bank took the house, resold it to another person, and that person is actually making payments on the house. The bank didn’t order the family to move, the new OWNER did, you know, the one making the payments on the house. But, I guess you are the type who would live someplace, not pay rent to the owner or make a mortgage payment, and the owner of the property that you live on would wrong for evicting you. Typical entitlement attitude that you are showing.

  • beechnut

    In examining this story further the lady in question fell into hard times after she got injured and couldn’t work, and therefore couldn’t meet her payments. I do feel that the bankers should have been willing to work with her somehow. Those who you who treat the big banks as GOD will I’mn sure have second thoughts if something like this happens to them. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers when banks were local individual entities if only to get a gauge on wheether they were more willing to work with people in these situations than these giant behemoths are today.

  • Chris

    We need a MORATORIUM ON ECONOMICALLY MOTIVATED EVICTIONS. Federal government lends BANKERS all they need at .1 % interest– working people get swindled and lose their houses. Wells Fargo denies modifications to 40% of the people who apply — banks got bailed out, we got kicked out of our houses. Look around people, who has the money? Empty houses + people who need housing SHOULD be easy. Wait till it happens to you.

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