How 1,000 Senior Citizens Can Avoid the Tax Sale in Cook County

About 1,000 homeowners in Cook County who have not paid last year’s taxes could avoid the Annual Tax Sale by reapplying for senior citizen property tax exemptions they did not receive last year, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said. Lists of all properties with delinquent taxes, broken down by Chicago ward and suburb, are posted daily to The Treasurer’s Office also is sending lists of these senior citizens to elected officials countywide, asking the officials to encourage their constituents to apply for the missing exemptions to avoid the Tax Sale. To see if your taxes are delinquent—and to make a payment—go to and follow these steps:
  • Select “Avoid the Tax Sale”
  • Search by address or by Property Index Number (PIN)
Delinquent taxes for Tax Year 2017 (which were due in 2018) will be offered for sale to investors at the Annual Tax Sale that starts May 3, 2019.