Disabled couple sues village for front drive

July 18, 1998
George and Astrid Dadian lived in Wilmette for nearly 40 years until disabilities forced them to think about changing their house and adding a front driveway to accommodate their medical needs and Astrid's wheelchair.
     The neighbors didn't have a problem with it, but the village did.   The couple, now in their 70s, had hoped to tear down their home and build a handicapped-accessible ranch home, complete with ramps, an attached garage and front driveway.
     The couple sued Wilmette in federal court Friday, after the village recently voted against giving them a front driveway permit. The lawsuit claims the village violated state and federal laws--including the Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act.