Sale Location, Research and Requirements

A sale is held every Tuesday at 9:30 am unless a holiday falls on a Monday. Check the Sales Schedule (PDF) for current sale dates. The sale is held at the Lake County Courthouse located at 301 Washington St Waukegan Illinois on the second floor in the open seating area left of the escalator adjacent to the skyway. Only the sale is held at the courthouse. All other business is conducted at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave Waukegan, Illinois in the Robert H. Babcox Justice Center one block south of the courthouse. 

Foreclosure Research 
The court file for any foreclosure case is available for review at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office. Their phone number is 847-377-3380. You will need the case number of the property you want to research. The case number can be found under the Foreclosed Property Sales link. The Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office is located at 18 North County Street Waukegan Illinois in the basement of the main courthouse. Additional research is recommended at the Treasurer’s Office by calling 847-377-2323 or utilizing the Lake County Treasurer's Office online service. The Treasurer’s Office records the property’s back taxes due for the current year. You may be subject to unpaid taxes if you purchase the property. To conduct research, you will need to provide the PIN number, which can be found under the  Foreclosed Property Sales link. Unpaid back-taxes could be the financial responsibility of winning bidder unless they were escrowed by the bank. The Treasurer’s Office is located at 18 North County Street Waukegan Illinois on the first floor of the main courthouse. In some cases, additional liens held against the property liens may be rolled into the primary lien holder’s foreclosure lawsuit, but not always. Research  can be done at the Recorder of Deed's Office by calling 847-377-2575 or subscribing to the Lake County Recorder of Deeds one-day subscription for $5. Recording examples would include, foreclosure notices, deeds, sales amounts, mortgages, liens, declarations, by-laws, restrictions, state and federal tax liens. These liens may impact the property rights of previous and future owners and the quality of title. First time buyers should consider consulting an attorney with real estate experience or a title search company. The Recorder of Deeds Office is located at 18 North County Street Waukegan Illinois on the sixth floor of the main courthouse. 

Foreclosure Sale Requirements
The lender (plaintiff) must provide an opening bid for a property to go to sale. If the opening bid is not provided by the plaintiff, the sale will be continued to a future date or, in some cases, cancelled. The bids are listed under the Foreclosed Property Sales link. The majority of them are received the day before the scheduled sale date. They are entered as soon as we receive them so check the website regularly for updates. No financing is available. Payments are made by a bank certified cashier's check. No cash will be accepted. You must have at minimum 10% of the opening (plaintiff) bid amount to participate in the bidding process. If there are multiple bidders, the bid will increase. We suggest you have at least 10% of the highest amount you are willing to bid in incremental checks. In the event you are the winning bidder, the balance is due any time after the sale but no later than 3 pm the following Thursday. The certified checks can be issued to the Lake County Sheriff or in your name.

The Sheriff’s Office will issue the deed only after the sale has been approved by the court at the confirmation hearing. The time frame to approve the sale can fluctuate based on court date availability. It is the responsibility of the plaintiff’s attorney to schedule this court date with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. The Sheriff's Office 
does not have any involvement with the scheduling of the confirmation hearing.

Note: The Sheriff’s Office does not provide legal advice. If you have questions related to legal issues, consult with an attorney with foreclosure experience or a seasoned investor.