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Illinois sheriff orders deputies to end foreclosure evictions

A sheriff in Illinois said Wednesday that he was ordering his deputies to stop evicting renters from foreclosed properties because many people that had been removed had done nothing wrong, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Sheriff Thomas J. Dart refused to evict “innocent? renters and criticized mortgage companies Thursday, saying the law should protect victims of the mortgage meltdown, reported CNN.

“We will no longer be a party to something that’s so unjust,? Dart said to the Los Angeles Times.

CNN reported that he is suspending foreclosure evictions in Cook County, which includes Chicago.

Illinois law requires that renters be notified that their residence is in foreclosure and that they will be evicted in 120 days, but Dart indicated that this had not been done, reported the Los Angeles Times.

“This is an example where the banking industry has not done any of the work they should do. It’s a piece of paper to them,? Dart said to CNN.

CNN reported that Dart wants the courts or state Legislature to establish protections for those most harmed by the mortgage crisis.

The Illinois Bankers Association opposed the plan, saying that Dart was elected to follow laws and fulfill the duties of his office, which include serving eviction notices, CNN reported. Dart could be found in contempt of court.

Evictions for nonpayment of rent will continue, Dart said to the Los Angeles Times.