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Average Per Capita Property Taxes: How Does Your State Compare?

May 11, 2018

Katherine Loughead

Property tax collection is a critical source of revenue for local governments, accounting for 72 percentof local tax collections nationwide in 2015 (most recent data available). Local property taxes are largely used to fund police departments, emergency services, road maintenance, and other services mainly associated with property ownership or residency.

While states used […]

Women’s Property Tax Association Seminar

The Women’s Property Tax Association held a lunchtime seminar today in downtown Chicago. The topic was the definition of and valuation of fee simple interest. Over 90 attendees listened as four speakers made presentations and were available for questions and answers. 

Cook County Tax Sale


Illinois Property Taxes are Second Highest

Illinois Tax Study

You know Illinois’ property taxes are sky-high.

 But ….

William DeShazer / Chicago Tribune

Joanne CleaverChicago Tribune

We’re No. 2!

But second place isn’t usually something to brag about — and certainly not when it comes to property taxes. Illinois residents pay the second-highest property taxes in the country (New Jersey has the highest), according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine, Calif.-based real estate data company.

The […]

Excessive Tax Collections

Daily Herald

Is hoarding reserves violating spirit of tax cap law?

Back in 1991, in response to runaway property taxes, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were subjected to a new law that created hurdles to continued growth in tax rates.

The Property Tax Extension Limitation Law, better known as the property tax cap, allowed for modest […]

Cook County Assessor Race

Assessor Joseph Berrios has been defeated in his bid for a third term by Mr. Fritz Kaegi. It is expected that Kaegi will win the November 2018 general election. Congradulations to Mr. Kaegi.

Cook County Tax Incentive Changes

In a move to improve quality, the Cook County Board has approved an amendment to the tax incentives ordinance. The changes require the use of union-trained construction workers on all projects receiving a tax incentive and are effective September 1, 2018. 

Amazon tax incentives

An analysis of Amazon’s effect on the tax base from an Indiana perspective.

Cook County Treasurer Pappas announces the 2016 annual tax sale

Begins May 4, 2017