Cook County Sheriff Treats Evicted Children

December 20, 2010

A man who usually carries out evictions spent Sunday throwing a party for dozens of children whose families recently lost their Chicago area homes.

The annual party was designed to give some holiday cheer to children from area shelters and parishes, but this year Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart included children whose families were recently removed from their homes by deputies.

Tom Dart stands with an evicted family with a baby.

Tom Dart connects with struggling families and provides them with resources they otherwise wouldn't know about.

Held at Edelweiss Restaurant in Norridge, the party included dinner, a magician, Christmas carols, a visit from Santa Claus and gifts to take home.

While Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart enforces eviction law, he also works to improve the system.

He instituted the practice of providing three notices to a family before a foreclosure eviction is carried out. He also pushed to have a social worker work closely with eviction crews to identify families and elderly residents in need of assistance from social service agencies.

To protect families, Dart halted mortgage foreclosure evictions twice over the last two years after discovering legal issues. The latest halt surrounded the robo-signing controversy.

Dart and his office stay in touch with area evicted families, and on Sunday, he gave a bunch of them something to smile about.

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