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Illinois

State Sovereignty, National Union

Quick Facts
 
Capital: Springfield
 
Area: 56,400 square miles
 
Ranks 24th in size
 
Nickname: Land of Lincoln, Prairie State
 
State Slogan: Mile after Magnificent Mile, Right Here Right Now
 
Admission Date: 1818
 
State Flower: Violet
 
State Bird: Cardinal
Did you know?
  • The official animal of Illinois is the white-tailed deer.
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  • Famous People born in Illinois include Walt Disney, Harrison Ford and President Ronald Reagan
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  • In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, the Chicago River is dyed green.
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  • Illinois was the first State to ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the South.
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  • There are over 6,000 units of government in Illinois (units - city, township, county etc.)
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  • The Chicago Public Library has over 2 million books.
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  • Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois State Legislature.

In 1818, Illinois became the 21st State to be admitted into the United States of America. Below are excerpts of the Illinois Constitution followed by what has and is happening in Illinois.


The Constitution of Illinois
We, the People of the State of Illinois—grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors—in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity—do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.
Preamble

All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Article 1, Section 1

No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law nor be denied the equal protection of the laws.
Article 1, Section 2

The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.
Article 1, Section 3

Every person shall find a certain remedy in the laws for all injuries and wrongs which he receives to his person, privacy, property or reputation. He shall obtain justice by law, freely, completely, and promptly.
Article 1, Section 12

The right of trial by jury as heretofore enjoyed shall remain inviolate.
Article 1, Section 13

A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of civil government is necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty. These blessings cannot endure unless the people recognize their corresponding individual obligations and responsibilities.
Article 1, Section 23


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It is happening in Illinois
And, right here and right now, it is time for it to stop.



Illinois fines PHH for foreclosure incompetence
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation finds evidence of 'negligence or incompetence' by New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage - The state also found that 16 of the 19 cases contained prove-up affidavits, used to verify the amount owed by the borrower, that contained the same PHH employee's name in "no less than five distinctly different signatures, leading the department to conclude that at least four affiants used a person's name other than their own to sign the affidavits." "We're not at the point of calling it forgery, because forgery is a crime, and we're not a law enforcement agency," Brent Adams, head of the state agency, said Wednesday. "We do allege that there was something illegal here. It is not a safe and sound mortgage practice for different people to be signing someone's name in an prove-up" affidavit.
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Source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/business/ct-biz-0623-robo-signing-20110622_1_foreclosure-procedures-phh-mortgage-faulty-foreclosure
Article by Mary Ellen Podmolik, March 27, 2012

 

Illinois sheriff may halt evictions
The sheriff of Cook County, Illinois says he will stop evicting residents from foreclosed properties unless he is assured that the foreclosures are legitimate....
"I need some kind of assurance that we aren't evicting families based on fraudulent behavior by the banks."....
According to the sheriff's office, the county currently has 500 evictions ready to be served, while another 1,000 are being prepped....

Tom Dart, the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois says he will stop evicting residents from foreclosed properties unless he is assured the foreclosures are legitimate. Thank you, Tom Dart, for helping homeowners fight for their homes. When this holocaust is over, you will be remembered as a law enforcement official who got involved and stood for justice. Great job!
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Source: http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/19/real_estate/Cook_County_Foreclosure/index.htm
Article by Charles Riley, October 19, 2010

 

Sheriff's Moratorium Stops Foreclosure Evictions By Three Wall Street Banks

A new report shows that foreclosures continue to skyrocket in the South Loop and Monday Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart placed a moratorium on foreclosure evictions if the lender in possession of the property is Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase or the lender formerly known as GMAC.
All three Wall Street firms have admitted to having employees sign off on thousands of foreclosures without satisfactorily checking their paperwork.
Darts moratorium comes amid fresh data claiming that foreclosure filings in Cook County have increased dramatically 25 percent between third-quarter of 2009 and third-quarter 2010, according to the Woodstock Institute a research and advocacy organization that City Hall relies on for foreclosure data.

In this article, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is quoted as saying the moratorium is due to a lack of "assurance that we aren't evicting families based on fraudulent behavior by the banks." Apparently, this moratorium will impact about 1/3 of the eviction orders filed. Thank you, Sheriff Tom Dart. You made a difference for that one. Thanks for doing the right thing...
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Source: http://chicagopressrelease.com/news/sheriffs-moratorium-stops-foreclosure-evictions-by-three-wall-street-banks
Article Chicago Press Release, October 29, 2010
 

Illinois Fines PHH Mortgage Corp $290,000 In Foreclosure Fraud Document Probe

The state of Illinois said it found evidence of "negligence or incompetence" in PHH Mortgage Corp.'s foreclosure procedures and levied a fine of $290,000....
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation finds evidence of ‘negligence or incompetence’ by New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage.
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Source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/business/ct-biz-0623-robo-signing-20110622_1_foreclosure-procedures-phh-mortgage-faulty-foreclosure
Article by Mary Ellen Podmolik, June 22, 2011

 

PHH Mortgage fined $290,000 for Incomplete and False Foreclosure Documents
The violations were found during an ongoing special investigation of 20 Illinois licensed mortgage servicing companies, which was launched last year after learning of foreclosure improprieties across the country.
“At a time when homeowners are facing the possible loss of their most precious asset, homeowners have a right to expect their loan servicing company to file accurate and honest paperwork,” said Brent E. Adams, Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. “Time and again, the Department has sought to emphasize to loan servicing companies that home foreclosure is no time to cut corners.”....
The Department discovered other evidence of improprieties on the part of PHH employees in 16 of the 19 affidavits....
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Source: https://www.idfpr.com/News/newsrls/2011/06232011PHHAnnouncement.asp
Article by IDFPR, June 23, 2011