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Park Tower condo board sues resident over bedbugs

From Crain’s Chicago:
(Crain’s) — After bringing in an exterminator to eradicate a stubborn bedbug problem, the leaders of a North Side condo tower are pulling out another weapon: a lawsuit against a resident.

Park Tower Condominium Assn. Inc., which runs the condo building at 5415 N. Sheridan Road, is suing Sandra L. Gold, whose unit is infested with more than 500 bedbugs, the association says.

After almost being wiped out from the country after World War II, the tiny, blood-sucking critters have resurged in recent years, mainly because of an increase in international travel, experts say.

Moreover, Chicago ranks among the top five bedbug infested cities in the nation, according to an August report by pest control service Terminix.

While condominiums and apartment buildings have traditionally been commonplace for bedbugs, issues were reported last fall at the Chase Tower office building, 10 S. Dearborn St., and the headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools, 125 S. Clark St., according to published reports.

Ms. Gold has “failed and refused” to cooperate with efforts to exterminate the bugs, creating a broader pest problem throughout the building and obstructing the health and safety of other residents, the condo board alleges in a complaint filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court.

The association argues that Ms. Gold would not take the “necessary” steps to exterminate her bedbug problem: exposing all baseboards, stripping mattresses of box springs and linens, and emptying all closets, dressers and drawers.

Ms. Gold declined to comment, referring an inquiry to her lawyer, Ralph Schindler. Mr. Schindler said Ms. Gold has just returned home from a month in a nursing home while recovering from an injury.
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