They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. In Illinois, property taxes have a few uncertainties as well, particularly when you don't pay.
Municipalities and state governments have a vested interest in making sure everybody pays their fair share and, while each area may have a unique quirk, the overall process is universal. People pay their property taxes and, if they have trouble, seek out a deferment program.
But if you can’t pay, your debt could be sold off to the lowest bidder. DeKalb County Treasurer Christine Johnson explains her local process.