Tax Sale Proceedings

Sale Process Information

  • The Tax lien sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end when all tax sale liens are offered. If necessary, the tax sale will be recessed to another day if more time is required to offer all liens.
  • The sale is an automated computer system that will enable the buyer to bid on a parcel electronically.
  • Lap top computers will be provided to each buyer (demo can be seen at Illinois Tax Sale website).
  • Bidding starts at 18% and taxes are sold to the first lowest bidder.
  • Any parcel not sold will become the property of Lake County.
  • Seating is based on first come first serve. Doors will open at 8 a.m.
  • Any corrections must be completed before a township has ended.
  •  Those that participated in the sale must have payments for purchases posted in the Lake County Treasurer's Office no later than 3:00 pm on the 2nd business day, following the conclusion of the tax sale.
  • All first time buyers are required to provide a certified check in the amount that they plan to purchase at the tax sale.
  • Some parcels listed may not be offered at the sale for the following reasons:
    • Paid by owner
    • Bankruptcy
    • Forfeiture
    • Exempt
    • Foreclosure
    • Court orders
    • Other reason required by law

General Rules

  • No smoking in the building.
  • Each day we will provide two, 15-minute breaks.
  • Use of cell phones in the tax sale room is prohibited.