A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought against the Rock Island Housing Authority by a tenant who claimed she and her grandson were unfairly transferred from her Sunset Heights apartment in 2010 because of a no-child policy.
Robin Howard Ahmadin, of Rock Island, initially filed suit in July 2011 in Rock Island County Circuit Court and it was transferred a month later into federal court.
According to court records, Ms. Ahmadin lived in Sunset Heights, a 141-unit high-rise at 3130 9th St., Rock Island, until March 2010.
Two months before, in January, she took over temporary guardianship of her five-year-old grandson and requested a two-bedroom apartment, at which pointSunset Heights asset manager George Guy allegedly ordered Ms. Ahmadin to be evicted from Sunset Heights because of the building's no-child policy.
At the time the suit was filed, the RIHA's website described residents of Sunset Heights as "a general adult and elderly population," and, as such, the suit claimed the building's policy required "the transfer out of Sunset Heights any tenants who carried a pregnancy to term, had children living with them or who obtained either care or custody of minors."
Under the Fair Housing Act, the suit argued, it was unlawful for the RIHA to "discriminate" against Ms. Ahmadin, and potentially other tenants, on the basis of familial status.
Ms. Ahmadin and her grandson were transferred to the RIHA's Manor Homes, at 2601 7th St., Rock Island, according to the suit.
The parties agreed to settle the case in early January and the settlement agreement was filed on Tuesday, records indicate. Details of the agreement were not provided in court records, andMs. Ahmadin's attorney, John Doak, said neither of them could not comment on its terms.
RIHA Public Relations Coordinator Gail Brooks, on Wednesday, also declined to disclose details, but said the agreement was "satisfactory."
"It has been settled and the issue has been positively resolved," she added.
Housing authority attorney Kevin L Halligan said the case is expected to be dismissed once the court enters a final order.
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.