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Recent Posts

By Gary Smith
09/09/2021

Commercial property owners in Cook County, Illinois are getting hit hard by property tax bills that continue to soar according to a recent analysis of the 2020 tax bill. The second installment tax bills, which are due to be paid […]

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By Gary Smith
08/26/2021

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas recently issued a report indicating that many commercial and residential property owners in the area will shoulder a greater property tax burden this year despite pandemic relief funding. There are various reasons for the significant […]

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By Gary Smith
08/19/2021

A number of factors have caused Cook County property tax bills to be delayed, resulting in a due date extension for taxpayers. Controversy over the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption and whether County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office gave some seniors […]

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By Gary Smith
08/12/2021

High property taxes may be hurting the value and marketability of many homes in Chicago and the surrounding Cook County communities. On average, property taxes in the area have escalated more than four times the rate of inflation over the […]

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By Gary Smith
07/23/2021

Cook County senior citizens over the age of 65 and with a household income of less than $65,000 a year are eligible for a property tax break called the Senior Freeze Exemption that freezes the equalized assessed value of the […]

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By Gary Smith
07/16/2021

Illinois has the second-highest property tax in the nation, according to many national tax studies, and a lot of that money goes toward funding education and government pensions, per the Illinois Constitution. Now Cook County residents can see how much […]

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By Gary Smith
07/09/2021

There have been complaints about the property tax system in Cook County for many years, and in 2019, a new county assessor was voted in to reform the system. However, that reformation process has also caused many in the real […]

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By Gary Smith
06/24/2021

Chicago is providing a variety of incentives to businesses for relocating or expanding in Chicago, dependent on the size and location of the project and the number of jobs it creates. What Incentives Are Available The Tax Increment Financing, or […]

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By Gary Smith
06/17/2021

Many property owners in Cook County may have unclaimed property tax refunds or exemptions. In May, Cook County returned approximately $2.7 million in unclaimed property tax refunds and exemptions and millions more are waiting to be claimed. How to Claim […]

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By Gary Smith
06/10/2021

The Illinois House is considering a Senate bill that would provide a homestead exemption for first responders who suffer major injuries on duty. What Senate Bill 15-72 Provides This new bill, Senate Bill 15-72 would create a $5,000 homestead exemption […]

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