11/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Foreclosure Court Adds Judges To Cope With Increased Caseload

Just off the elevators on the 28th floor of the Daley Center, a scene of arresting beauty unfolds. Sunlight glints off Lake Michigan, high-definition views extend for miles and the city seems almost suspended through the lobby's wall of windows.

Not that anyone would notice: Most visitors enter with heads down, distracted, clutching a mass of papers and searching for the right courtroom.

Cook County's foreclosure court is so busy with the wreckage of the sub-prime mortgage crisis that the number of judges has been increased from 10 to 14, and they begin their new schedules Monday.

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