If you live in the Chicago area, my mom was on Ch. 2 WBBM news today sharing her story (or if you don't, check out this link).
Certain individuals in the city she lives in are trying to landmark her home as a historical house (against her wishes), thereby preventing her from selling it to a contractor who would like to clear out the old house and build on it (her only real offer on the home since January). All she's trying to do is move on with her life since recently losing her husband, only to have the Historical Preservation Commission in her town (and its chairman, specifically, who lives in her neighborhood and seems deceptively biased in all of this) deliver notice to her just a few days after his death. Now they're trying to tie her hands via an unfair and unwarrented hearing... crazy days.
My mom recently survived cancer... maybe she can survive this, too.
But her finances are absolutely scary right now.
She has only short-term funds to pay utilities, a mortage on the house and another on the land (both of which she has been unable to sell), and is growing sicker with stress and depression by the day. As the months gets colder in an already cold real estate market, she's absolutely scared about how to survive in light of this chaos.
When I was there a couple of days ago I contacted all the major news about it, including The Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, and the Kane County Chronicle. Many are even doing stories on it, which is very cool... apparently they think a city that wants to put its history above its people's future is worth the public's interest.
Please consider how you can help... maybe prayers or finances? And feel free to contact the St Charles Historical Society and the St Charles City Council if you so choose.
For more on this story, click on this link, start at the bottom, and work your way up.