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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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High Property Taxes in Cook County? Don’t Move Just Yet

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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Effective Property Tax Rates for Cook County: Analyzing the Ten-Year Trend

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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Assessor Kaegi Completes Two Township Reassessments, and the Results are Large Assessment Increases for the Taxpayer

Assessor Kaegi was recently elected with a mandate from Cook County voters to “reform” the property tax assessment system. He campaigned on enacting massive changes to the methods of reassessment, and to the entire tax system. He spoke about assessment […]

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