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Executive Director of PTAB, Louis G. Apostol, JD, CAE, resigns.

This is effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Apostol did so much for the PTAB and by extension, the taxpayers of Illinois. Best wishes for him in his new pursuit. 

IRS says many who prepaid property taxes may still face cap on deductions

With the Republicans’ new tax law slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, there’s a short window to take certain steps to lower your tax bill. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

By Peter Jamison, Jeff Stein and Patricia Sullivan December 27 at 9:16 PM
People across the United States rushed this week to pay their 2018 property […]

Prepayment of Cook County Property Taxes


There are 7000 units of Local Government in Illinois!

There comes a time when important issues that generally make our eyes glaze over start making us mad: Lamentations on our “crumbling infrastructure” moving from public policy forums to close encounters with jarring potholes. Congressional “debt ceiling” debates ending in debilitating government shutdowns. Alarmist commentaries on “unfunded pension liabilities” foreshadowing costly credit downgrades and tax […]

Illinois Drives People Away, Wall Street Journal

The taxpayer migration continues from the Land of Ever Higher Taxes.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol, July 26. Photo: Justin Fowler/Associated Press

By The Wall Street Journal

If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment […]

Indiana gets tough with late property tax payments

Treasurer hopes move would get bills paid; commissioners resistant to plan

By Mark Webber –
12/11/17 9:28 PM

A proposal to take state income tax refunds from people who are at least three installments behind in property taxes is facing resistance from the Bartholomew County Commissioners.

Taking away tax refunds has the potential to hurt financial struggling families already […]

In an interesting twist, a Lake County, Illinois judge has taken on the role of budget making in Cook County, Illinois

Judge orders appropriation to fund a court function

Chicago Park District increase taxes

Chicago Park District tax increase

City of Chicago tax increases approved by aldermen

Chicago tax increases



By: Rachel L. Leven

Cook County began its 2018 budget hearings facing a $200 million budget hole. Meanwhile, the City of Chicago is staring down the tunnel towards major pension payments and Cook County’s own pensions aren’t on steady ground. In 2011, newly elected […]