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Hundreds of Millions in Property Tax Breaks for Nonprofit Hospitals Are at Stake

In a case in front of the Illinois Supreme Court, groups are challenging the state’s law that provides property tax exemptions to area not-for-profit hospitals in return for them providing free or discounted services to poor and underinsured people. However, […]

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Cook County Property Owners: Where Are Your Tax Dollars Going?

When Cook County property owners receive their tax bill each year, it’s hard to remember those dollars are used to fund various municipal offices, administrative costs and various government entities, which includes public schools, libraries, and often park district systems. […]

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Commercial Landlords: Brace for Big Tax Hikes

In Cook County, the property tax burden has shifted to commercial and industrial properties and away from homeowners. The new Cook County assessor, Fritz Kaegi, began the process of reassessing properties in Cook County when he took office in January. […]

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Cook County Property Tax Break: Good News for Seniors

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed into law House Bill 833, which amends the property tax code to automatically renew the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption in Cook County once it’s been granted. This bill passed both the House and Senate […]

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Is Another Property Tax Hike on the Way in Cook County?

Cook County property owners, who have already been dealing with lower average home prices and property tax bill increases since 2007, might be asked to pay even more in the coming year. Cook County’s chief financial officer and the Cook […]

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Renters: You May Qualify for Property Tax Exemptions

A recent ruling in an Illinois Appellate Court could change the standard definition of who qualifies for the homestead tax exemption to include renters under certain circumstances. When Renters Are Liable for Property Taxes The Illinois Third District Appellate Court […]

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Property Tax Discounts for Affordable Housing Could Impact You

The Illinois General Assembly is considering two pieces of legislation that would limit the amount of property tax levied on affordable housing. This could increase property taxes across the board. What Each Bill Would Do The pending bill is Senate […]

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As Property Taxes Rise, Pritzer Creates Task Force

As Realtors point to high property taxes for a decline in homes sales across Cook County, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has agreed to create a property tax relief task force, which will include representatives from Pritzker’s office and each of […]

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Home Values Down, Property Taxes Up in Cook County

According to a report done by Illinois Policy Institute, “House Hunters: How high taxes hurt home investment in Illinois,” poor public policy has made buying a home in this state unattractive relative to the rest of the country. What the […]

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Inaccurate Assessments Could Halt Real Estate Recovery in Cook County

Cook County property tax reassessments have many property owners reeling from the higher valuations, leaving many homeowners still deep under water from 2007 recession. Homeowners Still Reeling From Great Recession Most Chicago-area homes are still worth less than they were […]

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