June 8, 2010 - Forest Park National Bank is suing the owner, the company, and the bank that own River Forest Cleaners on Lake Street, holding them responsible for the dry cleaning chemicals that have contaminated the block and its surroundings.
Forest Park National names the property's owner, Edward Ditchfield, his former company E&H Enterprises and the bank that holds the property in a trust, U.S. Bancorp.
The bank's grounds for the lawsuit? It owns a house around the corner from River Forest Cleaners, a two-flat at 423 Ashland that the bank foreclosed on in 2009. Forest Park National said it has tried - and failed - to sell the property since at its market value because of the polluted ground under the building.