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Pappas: $86 Million in Overpayments, $44 Million in Unclaimed Exemptions
By Gary Smith
06/21/2019

As the Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas tried to educate people ahead of the annual May sell-off of delinquent taxes, she also pushed for people to claim the dollars out there in both overpayments and unclaimed exemptions. Property Owners Might […]

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Cook County Valuations Leaving Property Owners Speechless
By Gary Smith
06/12/2019

After years of low commercial property tax assessments in Cook County, small business owners are surprised by the increase in their assessments this year. In Evanston, one of the northern suburbs receiving their property assessments this year as part of […]

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Income Reporting: Making the Assessment More Accurate?
By Gary Smith
06/11/2019

What should be good news—that, according to the Association of Foreign Real Estate Professionals survey this year, 71 percent of respondents said they wanted to increase their investment in commercial real estate in the United States—was actually bad news for […]

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Property Tax Assessments Soar in Evanston
By Gary Smith
05/24/2019

Property owners in Evanston and the northern Cook County suburbs will be the first to feel the impact of the revised assessment process from new Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi. Commercial property owners are bracing themselves for a large increase […]

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Kaegi’s New Method: Commercial Property Owners Could Be in for a Bumpy Ride
By Gary Smith
05/17/2019

What should be good news—that according to the Association of Foreign Real Estate Professionals survey this year, 71 percent of respondents said they wanted to increase their investment in commercial real estate in the United States—was actually bad news for […]

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Property Tax Assessments: Are You Paying More than the Guy Next Door?
By Gary Smith
05/10/2019

With the change of administrations at the Cook County Assessor’s office came a change in the way property was assessed for property taxes. However, it does not seem that Realtors are changing the way they prorate taxes for the year […]

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Make Sure You’re Getting Your Cook County Property Tax Breaks
By Gary Smith
04/26/2019

Cook County homeowners often miss some of the property tax breaks for which their properties qualify and end up paying more money than they need on their property taxes. Property Tax Exemptions Can Help In addition to appealing the appraised […]

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High Property Taxes in Cook County? Don’t Move Just Yet
By Gary Smith
04/18/2019

High Cook County property taxes make neighboring Indiana look attractive to homeowners who work in the city. After all, a $1.55 million house in Chesterton, Ind., has an annual property tax bill of $11,200. A similarly priced home in Glenview […]

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The Pressure Is On to Raise Property Taxes in Illinois
By Gary Smith
04/10/2019

Illinois has a pension-fund shortage, and the continued solution for shoring up that fund has fallen on the backs of residential and commercial property taxpayers. Now, the Chicago Fed has introduced the idea a statewide residential property tax of 1 […]

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Effective Property Tax Rates for Cook County: Analyzing the Ten-Year Trend
By Gary Smith
03/22/2019

The Civic Federation recently released its annual “Effective Property Tax Rates report,” which looks at the effective property tax rates for Chicago and 28 other selected municipalities in northeastern Illinois. This year’s report estimates the tax year 2016, which means […]

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