Lawsuit demands sheriff obey eviction orders

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CHICAGO (AP) - A mortgage lender has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to force the county's sheriff to resume evicting people from foreclosed homes.

Sheriff Tom Dart on Wednesday announced he'd stop sending his deputies on court-ordered mortgage foreclosure evictions because many of those forced from their homes were renters who faithfully paid their rent.

Accredited Home Lenders filed a lawsuit Thursday to get Dart to obey an order that calls for the eviction of Shirley McFarland of Dolton from her foreclosed bungalow. In a statement, attorneys for the mortgage lender said although Dart may have concerns about the orders he is charged with enforcing, he cannot refuse to carry them out.

Meanwhile, Dart met with Cook County Judge Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird, head of the Chancery Division, on Thursday to discuss his stance on foreclosure evictions.

The sheriff suggested Kinnaird require banks to file an affidavit saying the homeowner and potential renters all have been given notice of the pending eviction before calling on deputies to evict residents.

Dart spokesman Steve Patterson said the meeting "went well." However, he declined to comment on the Accredited Home lawsuit.



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