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Alderman Owes Landlord $40K

By Margaret Lyons in News on Nov 30, 2007 3:40PM

2007_11_30.brookins.jpgAlderman Howard Brookins Jr. of the 21st ward was hit with a lawsuit this week that claims he owes $41,819.18 in back rent for the Loop offices of his law practice. Brookins didn't know about the suit until the Sun-Times contacted him. Sounds like a fun phone call:

S-T: Hi, this is a reporter from the Sun-Times.
Brookins: [dryly] Grand.
S-T: I'm calling about the lawsuit.
Brookins: The what?
S-T: The lawsuit? That your office landlord filed this week? Trying to get you evicted and to pay all your back rent in the next five days? It's like, 40 grand.
Brookins: Oh, crap.


That's just our alderman fan fiction; not a transcript of actual events.

Brookins says he's been "going back and forth" with his landlord at 100 N. La Salle and that he needs to "go talk to them and figure this out."

Aldermanic lawsuits are always fun, but this one is extra so because Brookins is running for states attorney. (Eeeh ... you might want to vet the comments on your campaign site.)

Brookins picture from his campaign site.