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Appealing Property Assessments Should Be Done Regularly

As Cook County residents get hit by the one-two punch of a new property tax assessment system coupled with rising real estate prices, they should consider appealing their property assessments to ensure that the taxes they pay align with the […]

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Your Cook County House Is Worth What?

Although the Cook County Assessor’s Office has made changes to the residential valuation system to provide more equality to the residential property tax process, it has failed to address the same inequities in the commercial property side. In addition, some […]

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Just When You Thought Cook County Property Taxes Couldn’t Go Any Higher

The amount of property taxes within Cook County remains a moving target as various government entities pile on the percentages to fill its coffers. As the saying goes: “Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes.” Illinois Property Taxes […]

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Are Commercial Property Owners in Cook County Getting Robbed?

Cook County commercial property owners are footing a large tax bill as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s four-year property tax increase plan kicks into effect. That plan was intended to fund the city’s pension funds; however, it’s also having the unintended consequence […]

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Seniors in Cook County May Be Able to Slash Their Property Tax Bills

As many as 31,000 senior citizens in Cook County may be eligible for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and as many as 21,000 senior citizens may qualify for the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption. Available Tax Exemptions Property tax exemptions […]

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You Don’t Have to Remove Your Toilets to get Property Tax Relief in Cook County

Instead of removing appliances to make a home seem uninhabitable, there are legal ways to lower a property’s assessment which may, in turn, reduce taxes. During the campaign season, much has been made of the alleged scandal involving our Goveneror […]

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Cook County Residents Are in Shock As Assessments Arrive in the Mail

For the 2018 property tax assessment year, homeowners in Humboldt Park, on Chicago’s West Side, have seen the taxable value of their homes go up 40 percent since 2016. This tracks with the rise in taxable values of homes in […]

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The Tax Burden Is Shifting: Accuracy Is More Important than Ever

The unintended consequences of the trio of property tax breaks pushed through by state lawmakers in 2017 are now getting felt by South suburban Chicago. These tax breaks were supposed to ease the burden, especially on senior citizens, of Chicago […]

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Will the New Assessment Model Be More Accurate?

After years of inaccurate assessments, which was publicly outed by the Chicago Tribune in a series called “The Tax Divide,” the Cook County Assessor’s Office is using a new assessment formula. However, the jury is still out on whether this […]

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Reassessment Notices Are in the Mail

About 144,000 single-family and 4,000 condo homeowners in Lake Township received reassessment notices from the Cook County Assessor’s office in August. These reassessments are based on a new assessment model created through a collaboration with the Cook County Assessor’s Office, […]

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