Empty properties awaiting foreclosure continue to drag down many neighborhoods. The biggest culprit is a clogged court system. In Illinois, unlike many other states that recovered from the housing bust a lot faster, foreclosures require the blessing of an overloaded judiciary. Cook County courts have been swamped with tens of thousands of foreclosure cases.

 

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