My question involves court procedures for the state of: Illinois, Cook County
I was the defendant in a chancery case. I lost, but believe I have a good chance of winning on appeal. I filed a timely notice of appeal and record on appeal, but I've been too sick to file my appellant's brief. On motion from appellee, the court dismissed the case for want of prosecution.
735 ILCS 5/13-217 makes it sound like I have a year to refile, but somehow I think that only applies to the circuit court. I think Rule 367(a) only gives me 21 days to petition for rehearing, but perhaps I am wrong?
I filed a motion to extend the time for petitioning for rehearing within the 21 days, but they only granted me 14 days more and then denied my second motion to extend the time for petitioning for rehearing, so at this point I think the appellate court has lost jurisdiction.