Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and the Village of Midlothian, Illinois
On July 28, 2009, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the Village of Midlothian, Illinois, under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, as well as section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 42, Subpart G.
The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of Midlothian in March, 2008, in response to a complaint alleging that the Village did not have a grievance policy and procedure in place for citizens to express and resolve accessibility concerns.
An on-site survey of the Village buildings and services was conducted on July 14-17, 2008. Facilities covered by the agreement include: Village Hall, the Police Department, Fire Station No. 1, Fire Station No. 2, Raday Lodge, and the Historical Society. The Department also reviewed the Village's emergency management procedures, employment policies, sidewalks, and its 9-1-1 emergency services.
The Village attorney and its government officials worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the investigation in order to reach a settlement agreement.
The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications the Village of Midlothian will be making to its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Among other things, the Village has agreed to:
The agreement also recognizes that the Village of Midlothian has independently completed a number of steps to increase access to its programs, services, activities, and facilities for individuals with disabilities, such as:
Midlothian, a Village with just over 14,000 residents, is located about 20 miles south of Chicago. According to data from the Census Bureau, more than 16% of the people who reside in Midlothian have a disability. Midlothian has been recognized for its outstanding communitywide volunteer efforts and honored with the Governor's Hometown Award.
The settlement agreement will remain in effect for 3 years from July 28, 2009.
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