Illinois Adopts Court Rules Governing Foreclosure Cases

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On February 22, the Illinois Supreme Court announced additional rules governing the state’s home foreclosure process. The three rules, respectively, (i) add requirements for mortgage foreclosure mediation programs in state circuit courts and counties (Rule 99.1); (ii) establish required practice, procedure, and notice obligations by the lender as plaintiff (Rule 113); and (iii) require a lender to attest that it has complied with the requirements of any loss mitigation program which applies to the specific home loan (Rule 114). With regard to this final rule, a judge may deny entry of a foreclosure judgment absent the required affidavit. All of the rules take effect on March 1, 2013. Those counties and circuit courts that already have mortgage foreclosure mediation programs in place, including Cook, Will, Peoria, Madison, Bond, McLean and Cane, have until June 1, 2013 to bring their programs into compliance with the new statewide rule on mediation programs.