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Recent Posts

By Gary Smith
11/18/2020

By Dana KozlovNovember 17, 2020 at 6:24 pm CHICAGO (CBS) — In what seems like a gift from the tax collector, Chicago and north suburban homeowners have been getting letters in the mail notifying them of a pandemic-related tax break. But as […]

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By Gary Smith
11/11/2020

Each year, the Civic Federation releases its Effective Property Tax Rates report, which looks at two and 10-year trends in estimated effective tax rates for all properties—including residential, commercial, and industrial—in select northeastern communities in Illinois. The report highlights that […]

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By Gary Smith
11/06/2020

Although Sept. 11 was the deadline to apply for missing property tax exemptions on the second installment of 2019 property taxes in Cook County, property owners can still complete the paperwork as long as they’ve paid their second installment in […]

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By Gary Smith
11/06/2020

The Cook County Assessor’s Office plans to provide a COVID-19 adjustment to property values for the 2020 property tax year, to be paid in 2021. Reassessments to Reflect Rental Income Loss Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi is undertaking the reassessment […]

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By Gary Smith
10/15/2020

According to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, more than 8,500 homeowners overpaid on the first installment of their property taxes and are set to receive $12.8 million in refunds. And they do not need to file an application to receive […]

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By Gary Smith
09/22/2020

Unimproved real estate in Cook County could have its property valuation appealed the same as a residential or commercial property. Here’s what owners need to know. How to Appeal Vacant Land  Similar to residential and commercial property tax appeals, a […]

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By Gary Smith
09/08/2020

Looting, violence, and civil unrest in Chicago may cause commercial property values to plummet as people abandon the city, and business owners re-evaluate their properties. Will People Leave the City? Many offices in buildings throughout the Loop remain vacant as […]

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By Gary Smith
08/28/2020

Cook County recently released its 2019 property tax rates, which are used to determine the tax bill. The numbers are often a mystery, but property owners should know what the numbers mean and how the money is being used. The […]

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By Gary Smith
08/24/2020

The recent property reassessments in Cook County, under a new assessment process, have increased property values and the overall property tax bills. New Assessment Process Raises Overall Property Bills In 2019, when properties in the northern region of Cook County […]

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By Gary Smith
07/23/2020

High property taxes have been discussed for years as the reason why Illinois residents are fleeing the state. And reports are showing the monetary shortfall from commercial building sales as well. Investors Look Elsewhere for Property High property taxes are […]

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