Radio Personality Sues Realty Company For Housing Discrimination

CHICAGO (STMW) – Radio personality George Wilborn and his family filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the realty company that represented a white Bridgeport couple who refused to sell their home to the black couple.

Willborn and his family attempted in January 2010 to purchase an 8,000-square-foot home in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood owned by Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia for $1.7 million, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

In Feb. 2010, the federal Housing and Urban Development filed a complaint alleging the Sabbias, who are white, of backing out of an oral agreement to sell their home to the Willborns, who are black.

The suit claims during an interview with HUD, Jeffrey Lowe, a Prudential Rubloff Properties listing agent, disclosed the Sabbias had not wanted to sell the property to an African-American.

In March 2010, Prudential relisted the home for $1.79 million and the property remains listed for sale at the same price as of Tuesday, according to The case against the Sabbias is ongoing.

Under a consent decree entered Nov. 2010 in suit filed by the Justice Depart,emt, agent Jeffrey Lowe and Prudential Rubloff agreed to pay $30,000 to Dylcia Cornelious, the Willborns’ real estate agent, according to reports. Lowe will participate in a Fair Housing Act educational program, and Prudential Rubloff will provide a copy of the consent order to all its current real estate agents and to any new agents who join the company within the next three years.

In Nov. 2010, the Willborns request was granted to remove Lowe and Prudential from its own suit against the Sabbias.

The seven-count suit seeks a civil penalty for each violation of the Fair Housing Act, damages, court costs and attorney fees.

A spokesperson for Prudential Real Estate and Brookfield Residential Property Services and Brookfield Asset Management, which own assets in Prudential entities, was not available for comment Tuesday evening.

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  • Joe in Missouri

    You may appreciate these freedom enlightening essays by a very bright black economist:

    He as a black guys gets it.

  • Don

    You should be able to sale to who ever you want.

  • Civilized

    Yeah Don, and if you decide to sell your house to someone then change your mind after finding out their race, even when they were the only bidder, you deserve to be sued.

  • Don

    Why?is not still a free country.I guess not.

  • scardy cat

    i understand wehy they are sueing (money) but why would you want to live where no obe wants you? i would be afraid those crazy bridgeport people would burn down the house w/my family in it.
    my family is way more important to me then making a point.

    • keepnitreal13

      race aside he should sue for selling him a house in chicago for almost 2 million dollars.

      • Vicky Kujawa

        They should pay people 2 mil to move here, and I am not sure that would be enough.

  • Vicky Kujawa

    I would sell my house to anyone to get out of ILLANNOY!

  • Just Axin

    Another brother that will make out because of some BS racially-based lawsuit. If it goes to trial, no doubt the jury will have at least one black (regardless of socio economic status) that will side with the sore losers. Remember when that black newsreader (Cheryl Burns?) from CH 2 and her husband filed a lawsuit against their contractor and said he did substandard work because they are black? They try to imtimidate anyway they can when life doesn’t go their way, and they want us to take them seriously?

    • THEE Yard Ape

      As always, you speak the “trooff”!!!

  • missy

    Same old argument. No one likes me because I am black. Everybody is against me because I am black. Get over it. You don’t see president Chocalate Jesus complaining.

  • Joe in Missouri

    Has anyone considered that these unfair laws that trash our property rights and things such as affirmative action are purposely put in place to divide us and keep us from identifying the real enemy (the guberment) of all of us?

    After all no property rights is the first plank of the communist manifesto and the demo-publicans have implemented all 10 planks:

  • redface

    Y”all just mad because they wont pick cotton and scrub our floors for free no more. Pick your own dam cotton and scrub your own floors you lazy rascals.

  • Dennis Dooley

    This article is VERY OLD NEWS. The Wilborns did not file last Tuesday as it was filed in 2010, the consent order releasing Prudential Rubloff and Jeff Lowe happened in Nov 2011,not Nov 2010 as published.

    Must have been a slow news day, so CBS invented some themselves.

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