Continued Push for Bill to Require Commercial Income Data

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has not given up on efforts to pass legislation requiring some commercial property owners to submit information about building income to the assessor’s office, which he has called “the first, best step in legislative tax reform.”

The so-called Data Modernization Bill passed the Illinois Senate earlier this year, but was shelved by a House committee amid opposition from groups that include the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, among others. Opponents say the bill would impose burdensome reporting requirements and includes information that is confidential.

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Senior Exemption Will Renew Automatically Next Year

Cook County property owners who have already applied for and received a senior exemption will have one less chore next year under a law that makes the exemption automatic for property owners 65 and older.

In the past, the senior exemption had to be renewed annually, a task that the Cook County Treasurer’s Office found was overlooked by more than 25,000 of the county’s approximately 740,000 eligible seniors.

Under the law that went into effect this year, eligible seniors will only have to apply for the exemption once and it will auto renew annually. The exemption can reduce a homeowner’s property tax bill by an average of $300 a year as it reduces the property’s equalized assessed value by $8,000.
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Board of Review Opens Group 5 for 2019 Appeals

Listening Tour A Chance to Question Cook County Assessor The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2019 property tax appeals for the fifth group. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2019 assessed value is November 5th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 5:

  • Barrington
  • Lyons
  • Maine
  • Stickney

If you missed your appeal opportunity at the Assessor’s office earlier in the year, or if you did appeal and weren’t satisfied with the result, you have a second opportunity to appeal at the Board of Review. Appealing your home’s 2019 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2020, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed.
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Hard-hit Chicago Homeowners Could Face Additional Property Tax Hikes

Hard-hit Chicago Homeowners Could Face Additional Property Tax Hikes

Faced with a pension crisis and a budget shortfall of $838 million next year, Chicago’s mayor says additional property tax increases cannot be ruled out.

In comments made as part of her state of the city speech and more recently at a conference for municipal bond investors, Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear that other proposals for closing the gap, including the refinancing of some high-cost debt, may not be enough to avoid having to go back to property owners for the revenue that will be needed to meet the city’s pension obligations and other budget needs.

The gap, a third of which is attributed to pension costs, is the result of the city’s long-term failure to meet pension obligations and fix the structural problems that have caused the crisis, Lightfoot said.
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Hanover Township 2019 Triennial Reassessments Mailed

Hanover2019 Triennial reassessment notices were mailed to Hanover Township homeowners on Tuesday, September 24th. The following cities, towns, and villages are in Hanover Township: Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg (west edge), South Barrington (south edge), and Streamwood. Homeowners in Hanover Township have 30 days to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there will be a second opportunity to appeal later in the year at the Board of Review, whether you appeal at the Assessor’s office or not). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is October 24th.

Valuation statistics for Hanover Township will be published by the Cook County Assessor’s office here when they become available. We recommend homeowners review their assessment annually, particularly in a triennial reassessment year, to ensure they do not pay more than their fair share in property taxes. Successfully appealing in a reassessment year may provide 3 years of savings on future property tax bills. If you would like a free analysis of your Hanover Township home, in comparison to similar properties, we would be happy to conduct a “no obligation” analysis and provide you with a free estimate of how much we believe we could help you save with an appeal.
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South Chicago Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

Listening Tour A Chance to Question Cook County Assessor2019 property assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Thursday, September 19th, to South Chicago Township property owners. The following cities, towns, and villages are in South Chicago Township: Bridgeport, Brighton Park, Bronzeville, Lake Meadows, Loop, McKinley Park, Prairie Shores, and South Loop. The one month window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of October 21st.

We recommend property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. South Chicago Township was reassessed in 2018 but even if you appealed last year you may appeal your assessment again this year. A successful appeal in 2019 may result in two years of savings, until South Chicago is reassessed in 2021. The best way to ensure you never pay more than your fair share in property taxes is to review your assessment every year and appeal whenever you have a strong basis for an appeal argument, no matter where your township is at in the triennial reassessment cycle.
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Bloom Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

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2019 property assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on September 23rd to Bloom Township property owners. The following cities, towns, and villages are in Bloom Township:Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Glenwood (almost all), Homewood (portion), Lansing, Lynwood, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Sauk Village (almost all), South Chicago Heights, and Steger. The one month window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of October 23rd.

We suggest property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. Bloom Township’s next triennial reassessment is scheduled for 2020. However, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal, property owners have the right to appeal every year at the Assessor’s office and at the Board of Review. If you’d like a professional opinion on your home’s assessed value as it compares to similar properties in your neighborhood contact us for a free, no obligation, review and analysis of your home.
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Board of Review Opens Group 4 for 2019 Appeals

Listening Tour A Chance to Question Cook County AssessorThe Cook County Board of Review has opened 2019 property tax appeals for the fourth group. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2019 assessed value is October 8th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 4:

  • Calumet
  • Elk Grove
  • Lake View

If you missed your appeal opportunity at the Assessor’s office earlier in the year, or if you did appeal and weren’t satisfied with the result, you have a second opportunity to appeal at the Board of Review. Appealing your home’s 2019 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2020, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed.
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North Chicago Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

Listening Tour A Chance to Question Cook County Assessor2019 property assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Wednesday, September 11th, to North Chicago Township property owners. The following cities, towns, and villages are in North Chicago Township: Gold Coast, Loop, Old Town, River North, and Streeterville. The one month window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of October 11th.

We recommend property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. North Chicago Township was reassessed in 2018 but even if you appealed last year you may appeal your assessment again this year. A successful appeal in 2019 may result in two years of savings, until North Chicago is reassessed in 2021. The best way to ensure you never pay more than your fair share in property taxes is to review your assessment every year and appeal whenever you have a strong basis for an appeal argument, no matter where your township is at in the triennial reassessment cycle.
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Rich Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

Rich Township2019 property assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on September 11th to Rich Township property owners. The following cities, towns, and villages are in Rich Township: Country Club Hills, Flossmoor (west 3/4), Frankfort, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Matteson (majority), Olympia Fields (vast majority), Park Forest (north 3/4), Richton Park, Tinley Park (portion), and University Park (portion). The one month window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of October 11th.

We suggest property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. Rich Township’s next triennial reassessment is scheduled for 2020. However, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal, property owners have the right to appeal every year at the Assessor’s office and at the Board of Review. If you’d like a professional opinion on your home’s assessed value as it compares to similar properties in your neighborhood contact us for a free, no obligation, review and analysis of your home.
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