NOVEMBER 25, 2008
In re APPLICATION OF THE COUNTY TREASURER ) Appeal from the
AND EX-OFFICIO COUNTY COLLECTOR OF COOK ) Circuit Court of
COUNTY, ILLINOIS FOR ORDER OF JUDGMENT ) Cook County.
AND SALE OF LANDS AND LOTS RETURNED )
DELINQUENT FOR NON-PAYMENT OF ALL OR )
PART OF GENERAL TAXES AND/OR SPECIAL )
ASSESSMENTS FOR TAX YEAR 1997 AND )
PRIOR YEARS ))
(Danny Hammond, ) No. 01 CD 4489
S. I. BOO, L.L.C., and KYONNI OLAWUMI, ) Honorable
) Nathaniel Howse, Jr.,
Respondents-Appellees). ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE CUNNINGHAM delivered the opinion of the court:
Following the sale of petitioner Danny Hammond’s real property due to delinquent unpaid
taxes, the circuit court entered judgment for tax deed in favor of respondent S. I. Boo, L.L.C. (S.
I. Boo). The petitioner then filed a petition to vacate the judgment for tax deed, which the circuit
court dismissed. On appeal from the circuit court’s April 26, 2007 dismissal of his petition under
section 2-1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/2-1401 (West Supp. 2007)) to vacate
judgment for tax deed, the petitioner contends that: (1) the tax deed is void; and (2) the circuit court
exceeded its authority and lacked the power to enter the tax deed order. For the following reasons,