Under Illinois law, the Treasurer's Office is required to conduct two types of tax sales at which delinquent property taxes are sold: the Annual Tax Sale and the Scavenger Sale.
The 2015 Annual Tax Sale has been scheduled to commence at 8:30 a.m. on April 3, 2017. The Annual Sale will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day of the sale schedule. At the discretion of the Tax Sale Supervisor, these hours may be extended to accommodate tax buyers placing bids. The Annual Sale includes properties in Cook County eligible for sale due to delinquent Tax Year 2015 property taxes (including, without limitation, general property taxes, back taxes, etc.) and/or delinquent special assessments. A list of properties eligible for sale in the 2015 Annual Tax Sale will be published in community newspapers by township on February 8-9, 2017. Properties with delinquent taxes that are eligible for sale may be searched by Property Index Number (PIN) on the Treasurer's Office website.
Delinquency lists in electronic format will be available for purchase online at www.cooktaxsale.com (available February 10, 2017) via an ACH debit to a checking or savings account for the following amount(s):
- Delinquent General Real Estate Tax List $250
- Delinquent Special Assessment List $250
After completing an ACH transaction, the list(s) can be downloaded.
The 2015 Annual Tax Sale will be conducted as an online, internet-based sale at www.cooktaxsale.com. Registration, deposits of collateral, storing of bids to be placed on the day of the sale, and payment for certificates of purchase can all be accomplished using any computer with access to the internet. However the final placement of bids can only be made from computers located in the Cook County Treasurer's Sale Room on the days of the sale. The Sale Room will be located in Room 112 (Randolph Street entrance) of the Cook County Treasurer's Office, 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.
For those individuals who do not have access to a computer for purposes of registration, deposits of collateral, storing of bids to be placed on the day of the sale, and payment for certificates of purchase, computers with internet access will be available in the Sale Room for use during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and for Annual Tax Sale purposes only.
Registration for the Annual Tax Sale begins February 10, 2017. Registration is completed online at www.cooktaxsale.com (available February 10, 2017). You may register at any time between February 10, 2017 and March 24, 2017; provided that your registration must be completed online and the requisite collateral deposit must be received by the Cook County Treasurer's Office no later than 5:00 p.m. (Chicago local time) on March 24, 2017.
Properties offered at the Annual Sale will be offered and sold on an "AS IS" basis. The subject parcel's PIN alone, and NOT the common street address, describes the delinquent taxes offered for sale. Street addresses or property classifications appearing on the delinquency list are not guaranteed to be accurate. The Treasurer's Office does not assume any responsibility, implied or otherwise, as to the accuracy of street addresses or property classifications, or as to the legal status or physical condition of properties. It is the responsibility of each buyer to perform due diligence to determine the property location, classification, nature, and condition of any property or improvements. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
The complete rules and regulations governing the conduct of the 2015 Annual Sale can be found at www.cooktaxsale.com.