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Politics allegedly prevented action on Maywood rat infestation

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A Maywood mom said she's had enough of living on the rodent patrol.

Sabrina Thomas believes her calls for help have been ignored, until now, because her landlord works for the village government.

"This is where they're coming in," Thomas said.

Thomas gave FOX 32 News a tour of the first floor Maywood apartment she's been renting with her two young daughters, along with some unwelcome guests.

"The rodents were living inside my furniture," added Thomas. "When they flipped the couch over, there was a nice size one came out."

In the kitchen the disaster continues.

"There’s holes in the bags where they've been eating," said Thomas.

And in the bedrooms.

"I stopped my little one from sleeping in her bed because this is so low they're getting in there. Like when I moved this part there'd be mice droppings," added Thomas.

Since February, Thomas has been taking pictures of what she calls a rodent takeover.

"I shouldn't have to live like this. I'm sorry, but I shouldn't have to live like this," said Thomas upsettingly.

Thomas also said she complained to her landlord and the village of Maywood, but initially got no response. She believes that's because her landlord is a Maywood village employee.

"He’s told me before he's not worried about anything I'm gonna do or plan to do because they're gonna look at him before they look at me," added Thomas.

Recently, Thomas went directly to Maywood’s mayor who then asked the acting village manager to visit Thomas' home.

"She showed me some photos of some droppings, which was unbelievable to me," said acting Maywood Village Manager David Myers.

Myers said the village has ordered the employee to make improvements to the property, which is being rented out as part of Maywood’s public housing program.

"I do believe as a public servant and you work for a community, yeah you should want it at a higher level," added Myers.

Still, Thomas is moving out of the apartment at the end of the month, minus some of her belongings.

"I was told by Maywood that I cannot take this furniture with me because it's rodent infested," said Thomas.

FOX 32 News talked to the landlord who denies ever using his status as a village employee to clout his way out of an inspection. He sent a pest control company to the property earlier this month, which he said found no evidence of a rodent infestation.

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