Hero!

October 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm 21 comments


I woke up in a wee bit of a grumpy mood this morning but managed to get showered, dressed and coffeed all without doing bodily harm to anyone else.
::: congratulate me — I earned it! :::

As I plopped bottom down to digest the morning’s headlines, I was all kinds of prepared to watch my wee bit o’ grump mature into a full-on bad mood — but then I ran across a news nugget that completely changed my outlook!

Cook County, Illinois Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is my hero of the day YEAR after announcing yesterday that he is suspending foreclosure evictions in his area.
::: Imagine that, a doer holding public office! Cherish him Illinoisians!!!! ::: 

According to Dart, many evictions involve renters who are paying their rent on time but are being thrown out because their landlord has fallen behind on mortgage payments.
::: imagine that … :::

 He wants the judiciary or the state Legislature to establish protections for those most harmed by the mortgage crisis.
::: LUV U!! ::: 

See, the bigwig, fatcat, greedy, lying sonsabitches who run mortgage companies are supposed to identify a building’s occupants before asking for an eviction, but, of course, many of the bigwig, fatcat, greedy, lying sonsabitches, well, don’t.

“These mortgage companies only see pieces of paper, not people, and don’t care who’s in the building,” Dart said. “They simply want their money and don’t care who gets hurt along the way.

“On top of it all, they want taxpayers to fund their investigative work for them. We’re not going to do their jobs for them anymore. We’re just not going to evict innocent tenants. It stops today.” 

I  him so much!!

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21 Comments

  • 1. Mommy City  |  October 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    For once, I’m proud to live in Illinois. Like you, this story totally made my day. Score one for the little guy!

  • 2. Michele  |  October 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stumbling toward the coffee pot and noticed a kid between it and me. I usually warn them ahead of time that blocking the coffee pot is dangerous for their health 🙂

    ITA with you about this guy! We need more leaders like him who are willing to take necessary risks to protect the innocent.

  • 3. hazeleyedwolff  |  October 9, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    He should be fired. Sheriffs are paid to enforce the law, not create laws or only enforce the ones with which they agree. Consider the ramifications of Sheriffs who make laws on the street. Our governmental system has checks and balances for a reason.

  • 4. First  |  October 9, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Finally! A public servent with a pair! Screw the mortgage companies. Turnabout is fair play after all. They are getting my tax dollars to keep their sorry butts from going down in flames, so they can get on their knees.

  • 5. Guillerm  |  October 9, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Hey little Guy, I’m a little Guy too. Unfortunately some of us little guys will have to pay for irresponsible people. Here’s what this little guy sees in my Neighboorhood. Those that can barely afford a home, have purchased large expensive homes, then they go out and buy a Cadillac or the largest SUV they can find. Then they celebrate their new house and SUV with late night parties. Then they live it up by going out to Dinner every other night. Yeah, this Sherriff is doing a disservice to most of us little guys. The big guys with their homes, SUV’s and expesnive toys get away with it.

  • 6. steve campbell  |  October 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    His job is that of a public servant and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I live in california, but I wouldn’t mind moving to Illinois and live in a state that has quality people like this sheriff. That sheriff should have run for president, he’d get my vote.

  • 7. Dances With Books  |  October 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    This story made my day as well. That sheriff is my new hero. It is bad enough the deceitful mortgage companies gave a lot of people raw deals, then get taxpayer money to bail themselves out, and then still use taxpayer resources (the sheriff) do do their dirty work. Indeed, let the mortgage sob’s pay for their own eviction squad. Good to see at least one public servant with a conscience.

    If he does get arrested for disobeying, I can’t wait to donate to any legal defense fund for him. Would love to see the coming lawsuit and have the companies have to explain why they are putting innocent renters, who pay their bills on time and play by the rules, on the streets.

  • 8. wison  |  October 9, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    The sherrif should be fired, what is next, he won’t arrest rapists, murderers or drug dealers?

    It is not his choice which laws he enforces. He is failing us all, even if we do feel bad for good people who are wronged.

    Wilson

  • 9. Amberelise  |  October 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, what is wrong with some of you people? There are a lot of “laws” in the past that were horrible. Imagine if we still upheld them today! Laws about blacks being unable to vote, laws about women can’t drive unless a man runs in front of the car with a red flag, or how about this lovely Illinois law, “you may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.” Do you want our sheriff to arrest for that?

    Imagine YOU are the person in the building that has been paying your rent ON TIME and IN FULL for years. Suddenly he shows up and evicts you because your landlord didn’t pay his mortgage. You, your wife and your 4 kids have everything thrown on the street. And, you’re okay with this? Because he should just be doing his job???????

    Heartless and ignorant!! And, I’m guessing it’s actually UNLAWFUL to evict these renters. That’s his point. The mortgage companies are supposed to DISCLOSE if there are renters and THEY’RE NOT.

    Don’t be dumb!

  • 10. alektraunic  |  October 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    “In Cook County, foreclosures are expected to reach a record high of 43,000 this year, compared with 18,916 in 2006.”

    Anyone who reads that and then compares his actions to letting murderers go free is out of their mind. There is an epidemic and this official is reacting to it in an appropriate manner by not pretending this is business as usual.

    Disobedience in the face of extreme conditions has a long history of being the right thing to do.

  • 11. Bonnie  |  October 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    The Sherrif is upholding the law. The bank has to do the task of identification. He is not their private investigator. The fat cats have legally lost their money and cried and pressured their pocket politicians to pay them back legally out of the pockets of everyone else. How about this take on their situation? They own all this property. They are the landlords. Why not collect the rent themselves and make a profit? For that matter, why not negotiate with delinquent owners to rent or pay lower rates? They would still make a profit. It is time for the banks to show responsibility.

  • 12. Rob  |  October 9, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I suppose some of you could be more ignorant of the facts. But then, that would probably mean that YOU work in the banking/lending field in some capacity OR you are a trust fund baby who should not even be allowed to operate a wet newspaper – So, that would preclude you from being any more ignorant, as you are already at it’s height.

    Sheriff Dart is doing EXACTLY what he should be doing – Refusing to blindly serve eviction notices with no proof from the mortgage/lien holder that there are no renters in the building. Because, in doing so – He becomes not an elected official, but an instrument of a corporation. It’s his DUTY to confirm the circumstances of an eviction. <– End of discussion. If the banks cant or choose not to, provide the information required by law to evict the tenants the sheriff CANNOT BY LAW continue with the eviction.

    By some of you peoples braind-dead “logic” this Sheriff should arrest random people for rape or murder – WITH NO EVIDENCE (since we’re making absurd comparisons here – that is exactly what these banks expect – punish these renters with no remorse or concern). Maybe YOU should be first to hit the mugshot room. See what its like on the receiving end before you go popping off on your keyboards.

    Shutup, stop typing – Listen, read, comprehend and THEN you can have an opinion.

  • 13. Max Egon  |  October 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    We should elect this guy president!

  • 14. Leann  |  October 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Is Sheriff Dart married? Whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty FINE man!

  • 15. mktgbiz  |  October 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    This Sheriff is right on the money! Hope the Sheriffs out here in Calif. pay attention and also do the right thing for the renters. Every day there are stories about renters being evicted because the “homeowners” collected rent, but didn’t make their payments.

  • 16. outraged  |  October 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    The greedy and corrupt banks and lending institutions that got us into this mess now want to hold Sheriff Dart in contempt for not doing their dirty work!? That is outrageous!!! They lived it up when the money was flowing in, not caring about what was coming. Now their greedy ways have caught up with them. Unfortunately, all the rest of us have been caught in this too. Kudos to Sheriff Dart for making things less miserable for some. That’s what I call justice.

  • 17. BAINDAID1  |  October 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    ALECTRAUNIC STATED IT AS ELOQUENTLY AS ANYONE COULD

    I AM A WORKING DOG HANDLER/TRAINER THAT PROVIDES ANIMALS PRIMARILY TO BLIND/SIGHT- IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS.
    IN THE COURSE OF TRAINING THESE ANIMALS, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON WE IMPART TO THEM IS TO KNOW WHEN TO DISOBEY A PARTICULAR ORDER WHEN THEY PERCIEVE, THAT BY FOLLOWING IT, THEIR CHARGE WOULD BE PLACED
    IN DANGER OR PERIL (IE, CROSSING THE STREET ON A RED LIGHT). THIS BEHAVIOR IS REFERRED TO AS INTELLIGENT DISOBEDIENCE.

    SHERIFF DART I APPLAUD YOU ON YOUR COMMITMENT TO
    FULFILLING YOUR PRIMARY DUTIES OF PROTECTING AND SERVING THE INNOCENT MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY AND
    IN USING INTELLEGENT DISOBEDIENCE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS.

  • 18. Michael Riddick  |  October 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    FINALLY, a man with some decency and common sense. This is excellent and the good sherriff is doing just what he was elected to do. Protecting those who cannot protect themselves. If anyone in Illinois knows the whereabouts of thes rapscallion property owners, send them to me. I can definitely help them get their issues resolved with their particular lenders. And if anyone else out there needs help, please feel free to contact me any time at 800.757.6742….24/7. I CAN help.

  • 19. Brian  |  October 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    During the foreclosure process, the tenants are served with the complaint. if they cannot be served, a notice is posted on the home. The tenants PROBABLY knew that the foreclosure was coming, and some of them often choose to cease making rent payments.

  • 20. cody  |  October 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Anyone can see that if we keep evicting people out of their homes, there are going to be more homeless citizens than not. This can only to exacerbate our failing system to a point where there will need to be marshal law, which no one in their right mind should want. People still need food water and shelter, and when they can’t get these resources by legal means, they publicly revolt or begin illegally acquiring their needs by some other means.

    By allowing citizens to stay where they are, Sheriff Dart is upholding the lesser of two evils, and his more important duty of maintaining community order, and protecting those who voted for him to represent them. In no way, should he be held accountable for doing what is right for the people. The public is losing more and more trust in our failing system. This is not cause for blame, rather this is a cause for a reform. This can’t happen until our politicians pop their heads out, work together, and start standing up for the rest of us. Then we can start rebuilding our trust, thus our nation.

    IF you disagree, I suggest you read the history books on what happens when basic necessities are taken from people. We are facing the possibility of a total societal meltdown, and if this happens, those who appose us will take full advantage of our weaknesses. We must maintain order by choosing the lesser evils, and then logically proceed together.

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