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Topic - Tom Thanas
The Justice Department has brought a lawsuit against Joliet, Ill., accusing the city of seeking to "limit or reduce" its number of black residents by seizing a federally subsidized housing development through eminent domain.
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the city of Joliet, Ill., alleging it violated the law in the taking through eminent domain a federally-subsidized affordable housing development that will displace more than 750 low-income residents, more than 95 percent of whom are black, the department said Friday.
"That's what makes the lawsuit even that much more unfortunate," Mr. Thanas said.
Tom Thanas, Joliet's city manager, agreed that residents of Evergreen Terrace deserve quality living conditions, but disagreed with the government's contention that the city was unable to provide them.