• Cook County

    Illinois Abstract Service Ownership Report, E/O Report


    PDF Report Emailed

    • Legal description
    • PIN 
    • Current record owner
    • Current tax status
    • Any open liens, mortgages or other adverse items of record 
    • Name search on parties in title
    • Effective date


    Ownership/Lien Report, Residential

    $125 Residential

    (1st parcel and PIN)

    + $100 for any additional Residential parcels or PINs


    Ownership/ Lien Report, Commercial

    $225 Commercial

    (1st parcel and PIN)

    + $200 for any additional Commercial parcels or PINs

  • Conducting a Ownership Report Cook County

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    An Ownership search has three components which are: Land, Tax and Name searches. Feel free to reach our resources page for more County resources as well as to view our Blog for more information.

    Land search

    The Cook County Recorder, can be searched online with images through 1986 for free. You will need to search back to the last Warranty Deed with Title Insurance stamps and comb forward. For pre-1986 records, you can visit the Cook County Recorder office downtown and search as well as request document copies. The County Recorder should also have the coverage or effective date which will tell you how recent the indexing is for the County.

    If your PIN number is unknown, use the assessor and GIS site to locate your PIN number as well as decipher your legal description.

    Please note: Open mortgages are typical, other documents on the record must be viewed with caution. If no release is of record it should be noted on your search.




    GIS Map Department

    Tax search

    A tax search must be completed at the Cook County Treasurer/Clerk. A current tax year search can be completed through the Treasurer website. A more advanced multi year search can also be done online for Cook County.

    Alternatively, a backtax proper tax lien search can be done in person at the Cook County Clerk office in downtown Chicago. While at the Clerk you would, look up the PIN numbers to find any, open item bills and estimates of redemption, and other items of note. Online, look at the Cook County Tax Portal to verify your findings.

    It is vital that you understand taxes accurately. Sold taxes will appear “paid by the County”, when in fact a tax buyer has bought them and will move to perfect the tax lien as soon as possible and take possession.



    Full Tax Portal

    Delinquent Tax Portal

    Name search

    Name searches are to identify personal and business liens or judgments. Name searches on all parties in title from the last Warranty Deed forward should be ran for good measure. Look at the local County court system docket search, as well as the State Tax lien search. As a bonus feature, the Illinois State Tax Lien Search also will identify any Federal Tax Liens. In addition, running a PACER search will be a good bankruptcy check.


    Keep in mind:

    • Federal Tax Liens are active for 10 years from the assessment date of the tax.
    • Illinois the State has 20 years to collect on an Income Tax Lien.
    • Bankruptcies pose an active risk and should be noted for 7 years after filing.
    • Also, per ALTA (American Land Title Association) standards, a general judgment is considered collectible seven years from the date that said judgement was rendered.
    • [For interesting comparison, Mechanic liens pose an active risk to the parcel for 2 years after filing.]

    UCC Search

    Courthouse search

    State Lien Search


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