APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
547 N.E.2d 708, 191 Ill. App. 3d 212, 138 Ill. Dec. 541 1989.IL.1852
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Livingston County; the Hon. Charles H. Frank, Judge, presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE McCULLOUGH delivered the opinion of the court. KNECHT and GREEN, JJ., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE MCCULLOUGH
Plaintiff Paul Kane brought an action seeking specific performance of an option to purchase real estate, contained in a lease between him and his uncle, James McDermott. Defendant, William McDermott, had inherited the property from James McDermott. Defendant opposed specific performance and brought a counterclaim seeking possession of the disputed property and damages. The trial court granted plaintiff specific performance and found for plaintiff on the counterclaim.
Defendant appeals, arguing the trial court abused its discretion in granting specific performance because the description of the real estate was not definite, the option failed to set forth sufficient terms and conditions of the sale, and the sales price of the property was not fixed in the option. Second, defendant argues the trial court erred in admitting testimony concerning custom and usage.
The parties filed a stipulation of facts. On August 18, 1972, James McDermott and plaintiff entered an Illinois crop-share cash farm lease. The lease term started on March 1, 1973, and ended on March 1, 1988. The lease applied to approximately 320 acres of land. The legal description of all of the leased property was contained in the lease.
The part of the leased land at issue here is described as:
"The West Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 29, in Township 28 North, Range 9 East of the Third Principal Meridian, Mona Township, Ford County, Illinois."
The lease was validly executed, supported by consideration, and in full force and effect during its entire term. Plaintiff complied with the term of the lease and was not in breach with respect to it.
The parties further stipulated that defendant is the current owner in fee simple of the disputed 80 acres, subject to certain liens and encumbrances. James McDermott devised the property to defendant. Prior to James McDermott's death and after it, defendant knew of the crop lease and its terms. Plaintiff continued to farm the leased land as defendant's tenant. The lease provided it ...