DU PAGE – Few things are more disturbing than getting a letter in the mail saying you need to pay up, or you'll lose the roof over your head and your hard-earned investment.
That's what DuPage County property owners are being reminded of through the mail and on the county's website:
The first installment of DuPage County's property taxes are due June 3, the second September 3.
You have a month to pay up, or you'll be publicly reprimanded. You have two months to pay up, or your property will go on the auction block.
Just to let you know – in case you thought paying your property taxes was optional, or they're understanding about taxes.
They're not. Pay up. Or your house is on the auction block.
While DuPage County may be different, in most parts of
Illinois your taxes, if not paid, will be sold by the
county treasurer (in the county where your property is
located) to a delinquent tax buyer.
After a period of about 3 years and several attempts by certified mail or a process server to locate you, a
Petition for Tax Deed will be filed with the Circuit Court in the county where the property is located if you have not paid your real estate taxes. Then, if you have not made any attempt to pay your real estate taxes along with interest due and other fees, you will be in danger of losing your property.
The process is defined in legalist terms in the Illinois Compiled Statutes. (ILCS)