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Cook County 2017 Triennial Reassessment

The Cook County Assessor has mailed the first notices of reassessment for the 2017 triennial reassessment. 

Cook County Tax Bills

The 2016 1st installment Cook County tax bills have been mailed. They are due March 1, 2017 and be paid at any Chase Bank facility in Cook County. 

Indiana Proposal to Eliminate Property Tax


A memo unveiled in the State Senate yesterday puts the elimination of property taxes back on the front burner, and it could happen as early as this year.

The co-sponsorship memo indicates that if the Property Tax Independence Act is enacted, school districts would no longer collect new property taxes […]

Tax Incentive to fight crime and poverty

Cook County proposes a unique approach to fighting crime and poverty. READ ABOUT IT HERE

Cook County proposes changes to it’s tax incentives


BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Chapter 74 TAXATION, ARTICLE II REAL PROPERTY TAXATION, DIVISION 2 CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM FOR ASSESSMENT, Sec. 74-60 through 74-73 of the Cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:

Sec. 74-60. – Short title.

This division shall be known and may […]

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


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.