The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Friday about Village resident George Michael, Lake Bluff's most famous minister. Mr. Michael gained notoriety last summer when he got an $80,000 property-tax break after converting his lakefront home into the Armenian Church of Lake Bluff. Here's a summary of the Tribune's story:
"NorStates Bank of Waukegan recently filed more than a dozen foreclosure lawsuits against George Michael, a Chicago banker and real estate company owner who won the property-tax break on his home in June. He told state officials that he set up an Armenian church in his $4 million residence after his online ordination through the Church of Spiritual Humanism.
"Michael also recently appeared in federal court to defend himself in a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. lawsuit that claims mismanagement at the Chicago bank he operates with his brother, Robert, a retired Chicago police officer. …
"Meanwhile, Lake Bluff's Village attorney, Peter Friedman, said the Village's bid to overturn an Illinois Revenue Department decision to award Mr. Michael the property tax-break on his home is moving forward." Click over to the Trib's website for more on this interesting story.