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How the Foreclosure Crisis Played a Role in the Rise of Your Property Tax Bill

Predatory lending practices by mortgage giant Bank of America could be partially to blame for the foreclosure crisis that caused property tax bills to spike in Cook County. How the Foreclosure Prevented Property Tax Collections In the wake of the […]

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Here’s How Your Property Tax Bill Is Calculated

The dollars collected from property taxes are used to fund a number of state and local services, including education, transportation, emergency, parks, and libraries. How those dollars are calculated involves a variety of entities and a lot of math. How […]

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Get Prepared Cook County Property Owners: Your Tax Bill Is Ready

Cook County first installment property tax bills which are due on March 3, 2020, are now available online. This year’s first installment bill was calculated at 55% of last year’s total bill. To find the property’s tax bill on the […]

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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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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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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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Cook County Property Taxes: Your Refund May Be On the Way

In August, Cook County taxpayers received about $24.6 million in property tax refunds, mostly due from property tax exemptions. Who Should Have Received Property Tax Refunds? Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said nearly 25,000 homeowners received refunds, and their second-installment […]

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How to Find Your Property Index Number (PIN)

To find a Property Index Number (PIN), owners can look at their deed, tax bill, or other documentation from when the real estate was purchased. For those who are unable to locate these documents, the Cook County Assessor’s website is […]

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Pappas: $86 Million in Overpayments, $44 Million in Unclaimed Exemptions

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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