Jean M. Prendergast Rooney was a well-connected judge from bankers, lawyers, realtors family. Rooney served in Chancery Division on the Cook County Court, Illinois where Jean Prendergast Rooney had a glaring conflict of interests since her entire family was heavily involved in financial and real estate business and benefited from Rooney’s standing as a foreclosures judge.
Education: Rooney received her J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law in 1994. Her classmate was IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan who also graduated from Loyola in 1994. Jean Prendergast Rooney donated to Lisa Madigan at least 22 times substantial amounts of money.
Career: Rooney began her career as a law clerk for Justice Mary Jane Theis on the Illinois Appellate Court . Theis was also a mentor in Loyola Law School and received substantial amounts of money from Judge Rooney, her family and her employer for her Supreme Court election. Prior to her judicial appointment, Jean Prendergast Rooney was a shareholder of Schuyler, Roche & Chrisham, P.C, whose second partner and former Justice Theis’ clerk, Clare Quish, was recently appointed as a judge.
I have my personal and very negative experience in Judge Jean Prendergast Rooney’s Court. She was one of many judges who enabled Wells Fargo bank fraud in Illinois Courts and across the Country. See Wells Fargo Fraudulently Foreclosed on Us
Judges’ support to Wells Fargo bank fraud contributed into an economic collapse of our State; skyrocketing level of crimes; and Exodus of Illinois residents. IL Courts are flooded with “zombie” foreclosures filed on behalf of defunct 2002-2008 REMIC Trusts. The cases are based on legally insufficient complaints that are regularly accompanied by faulty forged evidence.Yet the average daily filing rate in Cook County is 80-100 foreclosures alone, most often by predatory banks, particularly Wells Fargo. Many times I reached out to the IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop these abuses, but without any accord. My inquiries were either ignored or confronted by Madigan’s office employees in a very rude and disrespectful manner, probably to discourage me from further inquiries. My situation is like 99% of all foreclosure cases currently pending in Cook County Court, so I decided to create this blog and go public in an effort to help to other homeowners in distress who have been left to fight alone for their rights, especially those ProSe.
Thus far, Lisa Madigan’s team has failed their duties to help her constituents whatsoever. She is perfectly aware of the foreclosure mill operating in the Cook County Court, including in Judge Senechelle’s court and in many others under the guise of judges appointed by her father Mr. Michael Madigan. I am highly suspicious that the Attorney General is refusing to acknowledge the foreclosure crisis in our state because so many of the judges are connected to Ms. Madigan’s family, thus they feel exempt from the applicable laws and following national calls to fight against bank fraud (who often bankroll their elections, of course).
Procedural background: I am a wrongfully foreclosed veteran, subject to protection in the Court against predatory banks under the Consent Orders and The Settlement.
On August 16, 2011, lawyer Douglas Oliver for renown predatory bank Wells Fargo, acting on behalf of Deutsche Bank, filed a foreclosure case which was based on a legally insufficient Complaint, false statements, and forged, robo-signed evidence.
Summons and All notices were directed to the wrong address, to unit 309, while all documents are for unit 909. This error was intentionally done so that the bank’s lawyers from Freeman Anselmo Lindberg LLC could secretly obtain default judgment.
They did; on November 13, 2012 FAL lawyer Steven Lindberg with lawyer Andrew Schusteff conducted foreclosure sale.
I learned about this proceeding from my HOA manager, who refused to provide me documents claiming that I am not the owner anymore.
Judge Rooney, who presided over the foreclosure case, had a duty to comply to the minimum with the basic rules of Civil Proceeding such as 5/2-403, 5/1-109, 5/2-605 and 5/15-1508. Rooney should have demand a Sworn Affidavit in support of Deutsche Bank’s standing as the plaintiff, and verify validity of the Notices, which she never did.
Rooney, acting in excess of all jurisdiction since MERS was not a mortgagee for my loan, trespassed the law and favorably ruled on legally void pleadings. Thus, the original Order was void.
On December 28, 2012, I filed a Motion to Vacate Void Judgment to present for January 11, 2013 Confirmation of Sale hearing and demanded to vacate sale due to Deutsche Bank’s lack of standing and violations of the applicable laws and fraud upon the Court, which invalidated this Court’s jurisdiction. My request for reconsideration was covered by 735 ILCS 5/2-1203. North River Insurance Co.v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., 369 Ill App. 3d 563, 572, 1st Dist. 2006.
Under IL precedents Wells Fargo Bank v. McCluskey, 2012 IL App (2nd) 110961, Court held that a motion to vacate can be brought at the time of the confirmation of sale regardless of the limitations of section 15-1508. I brought my original Petition on time on December 28, 2012, or before the confirmation, which Judge Rooney knew.
On January 11, 2013 I appeared before Judge Rooney to present my Petition.FAL was represented byLawyer William B. Kalbac. Aided Wells Fargo bank foreclosures fraud who said that he “didn’t received” my Petition, although it was mailed and faxed. It was either a false statement or negligence or both since Kalbac came to the confirmation hearing unprepared.
Rooney allowed Kalbac to review my Petition. When we returned to the bench, Kalbac claimed that my Petition was “about general foreclosures mess in our Country” even though I clearly stated “Fraud” on the title; and provided proof in support.
Rooney ordered Kalbac to respond my Petition, which he failed to go. After the hearing Kalbac sarcastically wished me “good lack” with my attempts to reverse Judge Rooney’s order and wrongful sale of my unit.
Despite my timely filing and evidence of fraud Rooney denied my Petition and in February 15 2013 approved the Order of Sale. I objected and filed for rehearing.
A week later, on February 22, 2013, the Government entered the National Mortgage Settlement, providing additional protection to veterans like myself. Then the IL Supreme Court adopted Rule 113, which in fact duplicated existing 735 ILCS 5/2-403(a), and required full chain of assignments in foreclosure cases, in wet-ink signatures, or “changes in the law since the judgement was entered” under 5/2-1203. Rooney, fully aware of these legal developments in the foreclosure crisis, agreed to hear my Motion for Reconsideration on May 23, 2013. On April 19, 2013, I receive the letter from the Federal Government where they advised me that the real plaintiff in my case is Wells Fargo bank, the Servicer. It was a new fact that I was not able to present prior to Rooney’s first judgement on February 15th.
On May 23, 2013, Judge Rooney, whose judicial malpractices and violations of the law I disclosed to her supervisors and other judges, threatened me from the bench with “sanctions”; hired a criminal detective Bryan Carr to follow and intimidate me; and recused herself from my case and it was transferred to Judge Robert E. Senechalle, Jr.