Reporting Mike Krauser
CHICAGO (CBS) – Activists and neighbors showed up at a retired Chicago police officer’s home in Bronzeville on Wednesday, hoping to prevent her from being evicted again.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports it’s the second time in a year that Cook County Sheriff’s deputies have come knocking to serve her with an eviction notice. She was kicked out last year, but moved back in.
Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s deputies and Chicago police officers stood outside Hill’s home in the 3800 block of South Wabash Avenue, as the locks on her home were changed.
Most of her belongings were left inside, but she had some possessions with her as she stood outside on the sidewalk, still smiling even though she was being evicted on her 62nd birthday.
“That’s my temperament. I mean, I can fight and smile. I mean, I’m not upset that this is happening, because I understood once I resisted. When you say no to the power … what? In America? Are you kidding?”
Hill has lived in the home for 18 years. She said her mortgage was sold and went up $500-a-month before it was foreclosed.
She claimed the sale of her home was illegal, and she’s going to court to hang on to it.
“I don’t know how long we’re going to be out of this property,” she said. “I am a staple in this community for 18 years. I’m a retired Chicago police officer. I have helped some of these people’s families, and we better learn. We better learn, as a group of people, that we need to stick together when it’s right. So what they’ve done is colluded to violate the law, and that’s it.”
Hill said she’ll be back. She believes she has right on her side. She also has support from the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign.
“You’re not going to take it. You’re not going to take it,” she said.