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Cook County Treasurer announces streamlining

The Cook County Treasurer has announced the streamlining of the PTAB refund process, effective immediately. The cumbersome refund process is being replaced with a system which automatically generates a refund upon receipt of an order from the PTAB. 

City of Chicago Tax Rates

December 29, 2016
Chicago tax rates begin to catch up with the burbs

GREG HINZ ON POLITICS

Chicago property owners still are getting a relatively good deal compared to their counterparts in the suburbs, according to a new report from the Civic Federation.

But the spread is narrowing, especially for owners of commercial property, the government watchdog group says […]

Words of an Urban Planner

Leading change: Seven tips from two decades of civic and personal reinvention

Throughout MPC’s 82-year tenure, the region has faced many fiscal, political and cultural challenges. Our job is to help Chicagoland face these challenges head on, and grow stronger in spite of and because of them.

December 16, 2016

As the middle child of five, growing up, […]

Municipalities must pay refunds for dissolved TIF districts

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that property tax refunds from a dissolved TIF District must be paid by the municipality, not by the other affected taxing agencies. The case, Village of Arlington Heights v. Pappas, promises to set an important precedent that protects the revenues of school districts and non-municipal […]

2016 Reassessment

The Cook County Assessor has concluded the 2016 Triennial Reassessment of the north and northwest suburbs. The Cook County Board of Review is now accepting appeals. 

Cook County Board of Review is creating a PTAB division

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has adopted a budget amendment at the request of the Cook County Board of Review to create a new PTAB division at the Board. The amendment provides $546,465 in funding mainly for the creation of 5 new positions. (The Board initially requested $1,039,186 and 12 new positions to create […]

Patlak Re-elected

Cook County Board or Review Commissioner Dan Patlak (R) has been re-elected to another term. 

Chicago Board of Education

Given its bleak financial situation, Chicago Public Schools isn’t as transparent as it should be with the public, which pays its bills and lives with its decisions, according to a key fiscal watchdog group.
The Civic Federation recommended a number of fixes in a new brief quietly released last month, after taking CPS to task for […]

Civic Federation Report on the 2017 Chicago city budget

CITY OF CHICAGO FY2017 PROPOSED BUDGET:

Analysis and Recommendations

November 1, 2016

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1 CIVIC FEDERATION POSITION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………3

ISSUES THE CIVIC FEDERATION SUPPORTS ………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

Identifying and Dedicating Sources of Funding for all Four City Pension Funds………………………………………..4 Continuing to Reduce the Use of “Scoop and Toss” Borrowing and Eliminating the Practice by 2019………….5 Establishing a Garbage Collection Fund……………………………………………………………………………………………….6 […]

Dark Store Theory of Tax Assessment

Lowe’s lawsuits could start chain reaction; loss of state revenue ‘unconscionable’

By John Sharp | jsharp@al.com
September 22, 2016 

Lowe’s is a home-improvement center behemoth with more than 1,800 stores registering $59.1 billion in annual retail sales in 2015, a nearly 18-percent leap in five years.

But the North Carolina-based chain, in a sweeping effort throughout the […]