[Erica Benson - For Shaw Media]
Virgil’s case began in December 2016 when the city ordered her to take down her hoop house after a neighbor complained it was an eyesore. Virgil said the city told her it violated a code, but she said there is no code that specifically addresses hoop houses. After taking it down in February 2017, the Virgil family filed a lawsuit against the city. DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed the suit in December 2017.
Virgil said while she missed having her hoop house this winter so she could grow vegetables, she feels the issue is no longer about the hoop house. She said the city is denying her due process by not even discussing it at its meetings.
“The city government does not operate well in code enforcement. They don’t protect the residents here,” she said. “They’re very pro-development, which I’m not opposed to, but it’s just uneven. I’m not getting equal protection under the law. I know I’m not close to winning this. It’s not resolved, and I have to assume this will go on.”