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Updated Cook County Treasurer website

Cook County Treasurer Maria Papas has unveiled a new and improved website. See it at www.cookcountytreasurer.com. 

Rauner Executive Order

In an action of questionable legality, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a ban on legislators financially benefiting from state property-tax appeals.

Rauner issued an executive order Friday calling such representation “a clear conflict of interest that must end.” It is effective immediately.

Rauner has often accused Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of benefiting from high Illinois […]


Amazon narrows the list of metro areas for its new headquarters to 20

Amazon says it has narrowed the list of places for its second headquarters to 20.
The company says it will spend $5 billion in the area where it builds its second headquarters and will employ 50,000 there.
It expects to make a final decision this […]

City of San Francisco seeks property tax increase to house the homeless

Five San Francisco supervisors joined forces Tuesday to put a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise about $100 million a year to pay for 10,000 low- and middle-income housing units and shelter accommodations for the city’s homeless population over the next decade.

The ballot measure, dubbed “Housing for All,” asks voters to raise […]

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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 […]