Plaintiff Attorney Requirements

Required Documents

Note: plaintiff's attorney refers to anyone employed at the law firm.

When scheduling a sale date, the plaintiff’s attorney will provide a conformed copy (judge’s signature/stamp and Circuit Court Clerk "filed" stamp) of the Judgment  for Foreclosure and Sale including the date of expiration for the period of redemption. A certified copy of the judgment is not required. A cover letter is required on business letterhead with a valid email address to include a requested sale date and redemption date. A confirmation will be emailed when the sale is schedule.

Documentation to Schedule a Foreclosure Sale (PDF)
Plaintiff Bid Form

If you have questions or need assistance call the Judicial Sales Division at 

Request templates for the following at : [email protected]

  • Post-Sale Documents (certificate of sale, report of sale, receipt of sale)
  • Order Approving Sale (OAS)
  • Sheriff's Deed

Plaintiff Bid and Proof of Publication

The plaintiff bid and proof of publication must be received no later than 3 P.M. the day before the scheduled sale date. They can be emailed to [email protected]. The notice of publication must be published in a local newspaper three consecutive weeks (Sunday through Saturday) once in each week. The first such notice to be published not more than 45 days prior to the sale, the last such notice to be published not less than 7 days prior to the sale in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507.

Cancellations and Continuances

Notices of cancellation or continuance will only be accepted from the plaintiff's attorney and must be in writing. They can be emailed to [email protected]. If a sale is continued more than 59 days after the originally published sale date, it will have to be cancelled and a new publication will be required.

Location of Sale

The sale is held at the Lake County Courthouse 301 Washington St Waukegan, Illinois every Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. If a holiday falls on a Monday, it may affect the scheduling of a sale date.
Please refer to the Sales Schedule on the Foreclosure Information page for valid sale dates.  


The total Sheriff’s Commission Fee is $600 per sale. A $300 non-refundable deposit is submitted with the Judgment for Foreclosure and Sale prior to scheduling a sale date. The $300 balance is due only after the sale is called and prior to issuing the deed or the proceeds from a third party purchase. If a Judgment for Foreclosure and Sale contains multiple PINs, and the individual properties are divided at the sale and sold independently, an additional Sheriff’s commission fee
will be charged for each.


Each sale is conducted in an open bidding format starting with the plaintiff’s opening bid. The selling officer will only accept bids from registered bidders or the plaintiff’s attorney if they are competitively bidding on their behalf of their client. The bidders will be called on individually to cast their bid. This process will continue until there is a winning bidder. All real estate contained within the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale will be offered in its entirety unless specified by court order or upon request of the Plaintiff for any part, parcel or portion of the real estate to be sold independently.

Post Sale Documents

The plaintiff’s attorney is required to prepare and submit (no later than the business day following the sale) the following documents for the selling officer’s signature: Certificate of Sale, Report of Sale, and Receipt of Sale. These documents must be submitted to the court for approval at the confirmation hearing. The selling officer is not responsible for filing these documents with the court. 

Confirmation Hearing

It is the plaintiff's attorney's responsibility to schedule the confirmation hearing with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Scanned email copies of the post sale documents are sufficient for the confirmation hearing.

Issuance of Sheriff’s Deed

After the Confirmation Hearing, the plaintiff’s attorney must submit the Order Approving Sale and a completed deed to the Sheriff’s Office. The deed will be issued and sent to the plaintiff's attorney only after full payment of Sheriff’s commission fee is received. The Sheriff’s Office will create the deeds for all third party purchases.

Disbursement of Funds to the Plaintiff

In the case of a third-party sale, the Sheriff’s Office will issue a check to the plaintiff after receiving the Order Approving Sale court order. It is suggested the court order include the name of the plaintiff and the amount to be disbursed. The proceeds check will be issued and sent to the plaintiff's attorney only after full payment of Sheriff’s commission fee is received. 


All documents received by the Sheriff’s Office are eFiled with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office after the confirmation hearing and the sale file is closed.