Bank drops foreclosure suit against James MacDonald

Pastor James MacDonald preaches at Harvest Bible Chapel. | Courtesy of James MacDonald

Controversial founder of Harvest Bible Chapel in greater Chicago, James MacDonald, is no longer in danger of losing his sprawling $1.6 million custom-built home in Elgin, Illinois, after the bank holding his mortgage withdrew a foreclosure lawsuit against him Wednesday.

Republic Bank of Chicago filed an order in Kane County court saying it agreed to dismiss the suit because it reinstated MacDonald’s mortgage but did not specify why, the Daily Herald reported.

MacDonald had previously owed $947,546.34 on his five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home that sits on 10 acres along Highland Avenue. He allegedly borrowed $990,000 from Republic Bank of Chicago to purchase the home in 2016. Since last December, it was reported that MacDonald hadn’t made a mortgage payment up to the time of the

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What to know about Gov. James M. Cox’s mansion Trailsend in Dayton, Ohio

“The residence is of the purest type of French architecture, the designer, Oswald Hering, of New York, having in mind the Petite Trianon at Versailles,” Cox wrote in his memoir, “Journey Through My Years.”

Here are some things to know about the Ohio governor’s former home.

1.) LUXURY

The 15,000-square-foot home sits on five acres and includes six bedrooms/bathrooms, two tennis courts, a billiards room and an in-ground swimming pool located in the basement.

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Here’s a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916

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