In a 2008 case out of Virginia, homeowners put up a campaign sign that was four inches too tall per existing rules. A neighbor complained and the association requested removal and the homeowner instead split the sign in two. This drew a fine and subsequent rejection of the homeowners’ request to make improvements. The association eventually lost the ensuing lawsuit and was ordered to pay the homeowners’ legal fees of nearly $100,000. This resulted in the association’s filing for bankruptcy and increasing assessments by over 400 percent.
Ultimately, it may be useful to speak with an Illinois condominium lawyer or Illinois homeowners association lawyer to discuss your association’s options.