No. 87-2742.

857 F.2d 1170 (1988)

Donald CROTTY, Donald Schak, Alan Stratton, Donna Stratton and James Grabowski, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CITY OF CHICAGO HEIGHTS, a Municipal Corporation, Joseph Ignelzi, John Hogensen and Jack Cripe, each individually and as building inspectors for the City of Chicago Heights, E.J. Doggett, individually and as City Administrator for the City of Chicago Heights, Charles Panici, individually and as Mayor of Chicago Heights, and J.A. Melei, individually and as Housing Code Officer, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided September 20, 1988.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jonathan P. Geen, Harold E. Collins, Ltd., Chicago, Ill., for plaintiffs-appellants.

William Stewart Grotefeld, Grotefeld & Assoc., Chicago, Ill., for defendants-appellees.

Before POSNER, COFFEY and FLAUM, Circuit Judges.

FLAUM, Circuit Judge.

Plaintiff property owners brought an action in federal district court alleging that defendants' condemnation of plaintiffs' rental properties as unfit for human habitation violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") and the federal civil rights laws. The district court ordered the federal action stayed "because of pending state court proceedings." Because the district court's order was not a final order within the...

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