High court sides with homeowner association police over resident - Chicago Tribune:
Last year, an appeals court found that the association could not stop and detain drivers for violating homeowners association rules. The court found that Lake Holiday could be found liable for Poris' false imprisonment claim and that the association's use of amber-colored flashing lights on its squad cars was unlawful.
But the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday reversed each of those findings, ruling that Lake Holiday was allowed to enforce its bylaws against residents and that courts "generally do not interfere with the internal affairs of a voluntary association."
"We can discern no logic in allowing a private homeowners association to construct and maintain roadways but not allowing the association to implement and enforce traffic laws on those roadways," Judge Robert Thomas wrote.
If you needed another reason to avoid homeowners' association, here you have it. Now in Illinois HOA employees dressed like cops can pull you over with flashing lights and give you a ticket. The line that courts "generally do not interfere with the internal affairs of a voluntary association" is horrifying in this context. I will have more on this, including a link to the opinion, later.
UPDATE: 1/27/13: Here is the link to the opinion at the Illinois Supreme Court website.
Second Update: 1/28/13: You can watch the oral argument at this link. Just scroll down to the case of Poris v. Lake Holiday POA.