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What is a Tax Sale?
  • By Illinois State Statutes (35ILCS200) the county collector/treasurer is required to sell any taxes that have not been paid in full for the current tax year. 
  • We do not sell the house; again we sell only the unpaid taxes.
  • At the sale, a tax buyer pays/buys the taxes, then the county collector distributes the money from the sale to each of the taxing bodies to make them whole.
  • After the sale is completed the homeowner of record deals directly with the Lake County Clerk's office for the redemption. 
  • If taxes are not redeemed in 2 years (vacant property) or 2 1/2 years (house), the homeowner could lose the property. 
  • The longer time between the sale and redemption, the higher the penalty is likely to be.
  • Hopefully, this sheds a little light on the tax sale process. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Treasurer's Office at 847.377.2323.

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David Stolman, Treasurer
18 N. County St., Rm. 102
Waukegan, IL 60085-4351
Ph: 847.377.2323
Fx: 847.984.5899
Monday through Friday
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