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2016 Cook County tax rates released

The 2016 property tax rates, calculated by the Cook County Clerk’s office for the county’s more than 1,400 taxing agencies, were released today – the final step in the tax process before bills are mailed out.

The average City of Chicago residential taxpayer should expect to see a roughly 10 percent increase in their tax bill […]

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City of Chicago Population Density Increases

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As Chicago’s construction boom continues, delivering thousands of new apartment units, hotel rooms, and millions of square feet of new office space in this latest cycle, urban planners are taking notice of the changing population density in Chicago and other major cities throughout the country. According to a new report from the New York […]

Mapping Out Chicago’s Top 10 Taxpaying Buildings


 Earlier this year, Blackstone announced its iconic Willis Tower–the tallest building in Chicago and second-tallest in the U.S.–was gearing up for the first major renovation in its 43-year history. So we thought we’d head (Mid)west towards the Chicago commercial real estate market, birthplace of the modern […]

The Top 100 Property Taxes in the US


In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.Benjamin Franklin

Property owners in the U.S. shell out substantial–sometimes huge–amounts of cash on property taxes every year, and those taxes only increase as a building changes hands at a higher price […]

Women’s Property Tax Association

The Women’s Property Tax Association in conjunction with ISBA Mutual and Board of Review Commissioner Larry R. Rogers, Jr. presented a seminar relating to practice before the Cook County Board of Review. Over 75 people listened to a very informative presentation by William O’Shields, esq. Nick Jordan, Lena Y. Henderson and Chris Beck. 

LaSalle County Property Tax Case Settled

The city of La Salle, Illinois has agreed to refund $350,000 and a tax reduction of approximately $500,000 to XPO Logistics as part of a settlement over a property tax litigation going back to 2010. The La Salle City Council on Monday approved authorization to execute the settlement agreement said Jim McPhedran, the city’s attorney.
XPO Logistics, […]

2016 Cook County Tax Multiplier Set

The Illinois Department of Revenue has announced that the final 2016 Cook County equalization factor is 2.8032 for Cook County. It represents an increase of .050% over the 2015 equalization factor of 2.6685.

Chicago Building Boom

Due to excellent demographics and a favorable tax climate, there are currently 52 high rises under construction in Chicago. At least two dozen more projects are planned. Location of 52 high ridge projects.


State by State Comparison

The latest report on property tax comparisons within the USA has been released. A report from Attom Data shows just how nuts things are becoming with regard to taxes. Property taxes have become extreme in the North. The average annual property tax bill in Alabama in 2016 was $776 compared to the the highest average is New Jersey […]