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Sunset Village Conditions Featured in Online Documentary

Craig Rothman made the six minute video about Glenview's mobile park to support the work of the North Shore Interfaith Housing Authority.

Craig Rothman, 61, of Skokie, is the director of media services at the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette. Last week, his six minute video about Glenview's mobile park went live on YouTube and features interviews with residents discussing the conditions in Sunset Village.

The North Shore Interfaith Housing Authority made it very easy for Rothman to receive a loan modification so he can do some home improvement. In return, Rothman offered his video production services as a sign of gratitude, and the organization asked him to raise awarenss about Sunset Village.

He completed the project over a weekend. 

"I hope the video was informative so anyone who sees it knows that housing rights are being jeopardized," Rothman said. "So many people go through life and don't respond to the calls of those who are struggling. I tried to put a human face on the issues."

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Malta October 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM
"Housing "rights"? More bleeding heart liberal hand wringing. A law of economics is there are limited resources and uimited wants........taxes are sky high.....99 weeks unemployment Benefits....link cards...wic cards....45 million people on food stamps.....every intersection on weekends has "collections" for charity.... Obesity at some 30%! Dropouts from School in chicago 70%. Make a "video" about those nanny state issues I read it costs some 2000$ month to live in sunset village.....what is the attraction? How much of that is subsidized by section8?
chris October 08, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I think "housing rights" wasn't what he meant? Our legal rights and possibly our civil rights have been violated here without question. I pay $954.00 per month for lot rent and an additional $851.00 per month un mortgage payments. So, $1800.00 per month total. That was an attractive proposition to be able to have a new 3 bedroom 2 bath house in Glenview. But that was before the park went bankrupt and we found ourselves drinking irradiated and polluted water, that our sewer system belched out sulphur into our homes, that there were no working fire hydrants or street lights. Then the fees and ancillary costs rose by sixty percent overnight. Now we contend with auctioneers riding through the park on a peaceful day blaring loudspeakers and making untoward comments all under police escort. The water goes out virtually once a week, and there is heavy equipment in here hauling houses away making the park just that much more untenable. I don't receive one dime in government aid. I work 60 plus hours a week in manual labor to feed and raise my family. I am sure there are some people here who receive assistance. But, the tragedy of that is that any government assistance that may be provided here goes right into the pockets of greedy banks that already received taxpayer funded bailouts and they are the cause of our situation here in the first place.
chris October 08, 2012 at 12:48 PM
How would you like it if you found out that because banks made poor investment choices in your neighbors houses that they decide to raise your mortgage payments while renting out houses on your block to section 8 recipients just long enough until they could sell those houses just like your own for a quarter of what you still owe? Tearing your neighborhood up in the process? That's what's happening here.
Malta October 08, 2012 at 01:02 PM
954$ in lot rent for lot rental there?? you are the one who made a poor choice.....and a total of 1800 total?..........can live lots of much better places for that amount.....you are trying to blame banks for your poor decision.typical rationalization these days...everything is always somebody else's fault.
chris October 08, 2012 at 01:04 PM
By the way, I am not liberal. Fox News seems like a PBS station compared to my conservative views. Having said that, I believe in equal protection under the law. And in our case, the victims are being made to pay dividends on the poor investment choices by banks, we have had our legal rights subrogated by various business and government entities. There has been no prosecution of or restitution by Richard Klarchek the man who created this fiasco and deliberately put families in harms way and decimated the lives and finances of thousands of people across several states just to "suffer as a pauper" in a South Miami mansion. If there is a liberal injustice, it is that the law now only applies to the law abiding.
chris October 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I can see that you live here as a result of grandpas trust fund? The administrator of which has made all your decisions for you? Either that, or just plain dumb luck? Either way I can see our presence in your neighborhood makes you realize that you just couldn't roll with the big boys and live in Glencoe. You're a deluded sad sack and probably count your pet as your only real friend? As bad as our situation is, I feel sorry for you. You won't survive the pending turmoil.
Malta October 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Well. I made a "decision" to live where I could afford to live. Maybe?
chris October 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Well then let's hope the situation doesn't change so that "decision" you made doesn't turn against you? Like your property taxes and other fees going up beyond your ability to pay? Or a social justice program that sucks all the equity out of your property and turns your neighborhood into a war zone? If it happened here, it can happen there, and then someone can deride your "decision."
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"So many people go through life and don't respond to the calls of those who are struggling." I liked that quote a lot.
Malta October 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
"Social justice". Programs. .....redistribution of wealth you mean. That is why taxes and fees are going up..... Obamacare! The more "programs" are enacted the poorer I get!
chris October 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Yes. Exactly. And before you know it, you end up in a place like Sunset Village where you pay through the nose and receive nothing except more and higher bills. Although taxes and fees are going up because the government is creating a huge patronage army of wasteful bureaucrats that have no interest or capacity to do anything other than keep their cushy government jobs. Obamacare adds a million more bureaucrats and trillions more dollars to the already bloated government system. It only takes one slip to go from comfort and affordability and security into a hellish existence of living check to check, hardship and strife like being in Sunset Village. When you have a screw operator like Klarchek who managed to swindle dozens of banks with armies of accountants and lawyers at their disposal, no amount of due diligence by a lowly consumer can protect you. That's how most of us ended up here. And worse still, the same bloated, ineffective taxpayer funded departments that failed to regulate him now work diligently to make certain his victims are trapped here until every penny is squeezed out of us. The only hope we have is that they declare eminent domain on our park to build a welfare office.
thomas October 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Whats with all this Obama ads on this site ? Is this just a Demacrated site? Maybe Chris you should ask Obama to help, thats what He's all about
Malta October 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thomas. Many if not most of these online sites. AOL YAHoo. Not to mention the SChools. Are all liberal media biased. Liberal politicians will be the death of us all. Socialism only works until politicians run out of other people's money.....
chris October 09, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I have asked everyone to help. I have not asked anyone for a handout. The only one that responded was Daniel Biss who is actually a Democrat. As a matter of fact, he came to my house to meet with me. But our situation goes well beyond parties. No one is willing to uphold the law. What good are these myriads of regulatory agencies that we all pay for when they do essentially nothing? Now they want to add hundreds of additional departments to do nothing? I am sure we will end up with a department of new departments and what we need is a department of departed departments.

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