Sample Foreclosure Timeline

Where in the Foreclosure Timeline is Your Building?

If you have questions or concerns about your apartment building being in foreclosure, you can ask your landlord. You should also do research on your own to find out about the status of your building.

Cook County

Find your building’s PIN at the Assessor’s website: http://cookcountyassessor.com.

With the PIN, look up the property on the Recorder of Deeds’ website: http://cookrecorder.com. If a lis pendens (suit pending) or lis pendens foreclosure notice is recorded, then your building may be in foreclosure. The lis pendens should include the court case number.

If you know the court case number, you can look up the case on the Clerk of Court’s website: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org. When using the “Full Electronic Docket Search” to enter the case number, make sure to also select “Chancery” division. Once you find the case, the events (and related dates) to look for include “Case Dismissed,” “Order Appointing a Receiver,” “Judicial Sale,” and “Order Confirming Sale.”

Other Counties in Illinois

Start with your county's Recorder of Deeds (the office that keeps track of who owns a property). If a lis pendens (suit pending) notice is recorded, then your building may be in foreclosure. The lis pendens should include the court case number.

If you know the court case number, you can look up the case at your county's Circuit Court (or sometimes on the court’s website). Foreclosure cases are normally filed with the “Chancery” division and are part of the public record. Once you find the case, the events (and related dates) to look for include “Case Dismissed,” “Order Appointing a Receiver,” “Judicial Sale,” and “Order Confirming Sale.”