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Evictions to resume Monday
COOK COUNTY | Dart satisfied court order protects renters in foreclosures

Friday, October 17, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
by MARK J. KONKOL

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he'll end his prohibition on foreclosure evictions Monday now that new language has been added to court orders aimed at protecting renters who are not properly informed their landlord has lost the property.

The Sun-Times reported this week that Cook County judges began using a new court document for foreclosure evictions that specifically names tenants living at the foreclosed property and states how long they are allowed to remain in units -- the length of their lease or 120 days, whichever is shorter -- before deputies are allowed to haul out their belongings.

The new eviction order, Dart says, makes sure innocent renters aren't surprised when deputies come knocking on eviction day.

Dart also told reporters he has assigned a social worker to help evicted tenants find housing and social services and expanded his financial crimes unit to include investigations of mortgage fraud.

Dart became an international media darling for his eviction ban, appearing in a Time Magazine story and even being interviewed by People magazine.

When asked if he expected to be named "Sexiest Sheriff Alive" by the celebrity gossip magazine, Dart said that was unlikely.

"We couldn't find the right sheriff Speedos," Dart said. "It wasn't working."



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