Greenbook Information

To purchase an updated copy of the book, it will be available through the County Clerk’s office on Tuesday, June 29th during our walk-in hours of 9 am – 4:30 pm for $45 for all municipalities or $0.50 per page.

Please contact the Lake County Clerk’s Tax Department for more information at 847-377-2404 or submit an email to

What is the “Greenbook”?
The Greenbook is a list of Lake County owned parcels that is for sale to the public. These parcels were acquired after being foreclosed upon due to unpaid property taxes. All Greenbook property is sold "as-is." The County makes no assertions or guarantees as to the quality of the property, its suitability for development, or the clarity of title. Any concerns about suitability must be directed to either the Lake County permit facility (if unincorporated) or the township office where the property lies.

All taxes billed in the year of sale and prior will be the County's responsibility, unless the property is listed as "tax lien, not deed."

If you’re interested in foreclosed homes, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Judicial Sales Team at 847-377-4401 or visit their website.

Why is it called Greenbook?
When the program first started, we didn’t know what to call it. Since the files were kept in a green binder, that was the inspiration for the name.

How do I get a list of all the properties?
To obtain a copy of an individual listing, specific townships or all the properties available, requests can be made to Lake County Clerk’s Tax Redemption department. The listings are available at $.50 a page and can be either emailed (.pdf or MS Excel), sent through the postal service, or obtained in our office between the hours of 9am to 4:30 pm. Check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to “Lake County Clerk” or cash is preferable. Debit/credit cards are assessed at an additional fee.

How much is the property I’m interested in?
Pricing will vary based off of its assessed value.

Please note: no more than 25 active bids are allowed from any one bidder at any time. The County reserves the right to refuse bids from parties who previously defaulted on a winning bid, or who currently owe delinquent taxes.

What is the process like?
Greenbook protocol states that any property of interest requires a written bid in a sealed envelope with the Parcel Identification Number (PIN) written on the outside mailed to our office. Minimum bid amounts are firm. Our office will hold the bid for 30 days after receipt, and then it will be reviewed by administration. After review, an acceptance, rejection, or counteroffer will be send via mail. If you accept the bid, further instructions are provided.

How do I place a bid?
Should you move forward with a bid, please fill out this form and mail it to us at:

Lake County Clerk
Tax Redemption Dept, Greenbook Bid with PIN#
18 North County Street Room 101
Waukegan, Illinois 60085-4364

Example of envelope could look like this:envelope sample