Illinois homeowner threatened with citation for painting house in rainbow colors

MOLINE, Ill. – A house freshly painted any color of the rainbow brought joy to people in an Illinois neighborhood, but not everyone liked the look.

A little west of Chicago in Moline, resident Taylor Berg and her two sons spent four weeks painting their wooden house. Now the house in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple triggers a move after city officials threatened to punish her hundreds of dollars a day for keeping the bold colors.

“This house triggers something in the area,” said neighbor Galen Leonhardy to WQAD.

“Everyone seemed to like it,” said Berg. “I’m glad it brings so many smiles to everyone.”

Neighbors say the colorful house draws crowds from the picket fence to the siding to the front gate.

“We have hundreds and hundreds of people driving by,” said Leonhardy. “The rainbow house spirit gives people something else to focus on.”

“People drove by telling me they love the house,” Berg added.

However, Berg says when she finished painting she was told she was breaking the city code and had until July 21 to repaint her house a similar color to others on the block.

“I got a message from the city that I had to repaint to match the code or I would be fined $ 750 a day until it was done,” she said.

The city soon withdrew and issued a handwritten letter saying they would reverse their decision.

“I think you should be able to paint your house any color you want,” said Berg.

Moline city leaders now say the quotes are for new homes, not existing ones.

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