Nearly 500 Proviso Properties With Roughly $6.8M In Unpaid Taxes, Fees Headed For Tax Sale 

Saturday, October 2, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is preparing to conduct the first Cook County delinquent property tax sale on Nov. 5 — the first in more than two years. 

In a statement released Sept. 13, Pappas’s office said that “about $163.4 million in unpaid 2018 property taxes (that were to be 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.” 

That includes 479 properties in Proviso Township, which owe a total of $6.8 million in unpaid property taxes and late interest fees, according to a detailed list of properties with delinquent taxes for Tax Year 2018 (which are payable in 2019) available on the treasurer’s website. 

There are 447 delinquent properties that owe a combined $6.3 million in unpaid taxes and late interest fees in the nine Proviso suburbs that constitute the Village Free Press readership area.

A chart based on a Village Free Press analysis of a Cook County Treasurer listing of properties headed for the Nov. 5 Tax Sale. 

Maywood has the most delinquent properties, with 230 that owe a total of $3.4 million, followed by Bellwood, which has 91 properties that owe around $1.4 million. 

The property within the VFP readership area that owes the most amount of property taxes and late fees is Mansion Night Club, 3801 W. Lake St. in Stone Park. Roughly $494,000 in unpaid property taxes and late fees is owed on the property.

The owner of the Oakley Steel Products Co. property, at 650 S. 28th Ave. in Bellwood, owes about $194,000 in paid property taxes and late fees, making it the second most delinquent property in the VFP readership area.

In its statement, Pappas’ office said about “75% of the taxes offered for sale are for properties in majority Black and Latino communities. That’s why Black and Latino Houses Matter, my program to help homeowners find refunds and apply for tax exemptions, is so important.” 

Pappas said at the time that her office had been sending owners of these delinquent properties a certified mailing informing them that their unpaid taxes are scheduled to be sold, which would put a lien against their properties — the first step in ultimately losing ownership of the property. 

But some owners may be unaware that their properties are eligible for the Nov. 5 Tax Sale, because the U.S. Postal Service has returned bills and subsequent notices on 17,702 properties, treasurer officials said. 

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Pappas added that as many as 207 seniors in Cook County may be missing their senior exemption and 184 senior citizens in the county may be eligible for a senior freeze, two exemptions that could lower their property tax bills. 

The exterior of Oakley Steel Products Company in Bellwood, which is headed for the Tax Sale, according to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office. | File 

“Everyone should visit for more information,” Pappas said. 

Illinois law requires that the annual Tax Sale be conducted 13 months after taxes are due, but the sale was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pappas said she plans to conduct the sale for 2019 unpaid taxes in May and for the 2020 taxes in November 2022. 

“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 and select ‘Avoid the Tax Sale,’” treasurer officials stated. “You can search by address or by Property Index Number (PIN).”

You can see the full list of Proviso Township properties headed for Nov. 5 the Tax Sale below or click here to go to the treasurer’s site that lists all county properties due to be in the Tax Sale. 

Cook County Treasurer Tax Sale Report by MichaelRomain on Scribd

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