Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will conduct the first sale in more than two years
of delinquent Cook County property taxes on Nov. 5.
About $163.4 million in unpaid 2018 property taxes – paid in 2019 – is due
on 36,000 homes, businesses and land. Less than $1,000 is owed on 11,744 properties
in Chicago and 7,700 properties in suburban Cook County.
Pappas is sending owners of those properties a certified mailing informing them
their unpaid taxes are scheduled to be sold, which would put a lien against their
properties. It is the first step in a process that can end with the loss of a property.
Owners can avoid the tax sale by paying the delinquent taxes and interest before the
sale begins. To see if your taxes are delinquent – and to make a payment – visit
cookcountytreasurer.com and select “avoid the tax sale.” You can search by address
or by Property Index Number (PIN).
“About 75% of the taxes offered for sale are for properties in majority Black and Latino
communities,” Pappas said. “That’s why Black and Latino Houses Matter, my program
to help homeowners find refunds and apply for tax exemptions, is so important.”
Owners may know the taxes on their properties are headed to the tax sale
because the U.S. Postal Service has returned bills and subsequent notices on 17,702
Also, as many as 207 seniors may be missing a senior exemption and 184 seniors may
be eligible for a senior freeze – two exemptions that could reduce their tax bill.
“Everyone should visit cookcountytreasurer.com for more information,” Pappas said.
Per Illinois law, the annual tax sale traditionally is conducted 13 months after the due
date but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pappas plans to conduct the
sale for 2019 unpaid taxes in May 2022 and for the 2020 taxes in November 2022.