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H-F board applies for state grant to reduce taxes

By Marilyn Thomas on January 7, 2019 – 6:06pm

The District 233 school board unanimously approved a grant application that could help reduce property taxes by more than $2 million.
The board agreed at its December meeting to apply for the Property Tax Relief Grant. The Illinois State Board of Education will review applications this month to […]

Cook County Tax Bills

The 1st Installment 2018 Cook County tax bills are now available for download and payment at the Cook County Treasurers website. Paper bills will be mailed in January 2019.

New Cook County Office Holders

Mr. Fritz Kaegi has been sworn in as the 10th Assessor of Cook County and Ms. Karen A. Yarbrough has been sworn in at the Cook County Clerk. 

Cook County Board of Review Commissioners re-elected


Cook County Board of Review Commissioners Michael M. Carbonari and Larry R. Rogers, Jr. have been re-elected. They will be sworn in on December 3, 2018. Congratulations to both of them. 

New Cook County Assessor

Mr. Fritz Kaegi has been elected the 10th Assessor of Cook County. He will be sworn in on December 3, 2018. Congratulations to Mr. Kaegi. 

TIF’s Up Close


Cool deal: To renovate Chicago’s Navy Pier, Mayor Rahm Emanuel used $55 million in TIF dollars—ostensibly meant for fighting blight. Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Popsicle/AP Images

The Trouble With TIF’s


SEP 12, 2018

Cities love to use Tax Increment Financing to boost development. Should they?

Local governments often hail this tool as a way to revitalize investment-deprived neighborhoods, fix […]

Law meant to give homeowners tax break may have done opposite for commercial property owners

The measure expanded property tax exemptions for seniors, crashing total assessed values in some towns
August 30, 2018 

A Cook County tax bill

A state law designed to give all Cook County homeowners a break on their property taxes may have done the opposite for owners of commercial and renter-occupied properties, especially in the city’s less affluent south […]

Circuit Court Meeting

The Cook County Circuit Court held an invitation only, informational meeting today. The specific topic discussed was the advantages and shortcomings of the current electronic filing system. 


Property Tax disputes land in U.S. district court

Last week a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by a group of seven Cook County taxpayers challenging the time it has taken to adjudicate their claims in the Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit is brought, in part, under the Tax Injunction Act, a federal statute […]

Cook County TIFs to bring in a record $1 Billion

July 24, 2018
Over 30% of property tax collected by the City of Chicago this year comes from TIF revenue
CHICAGO – Of the $14.4 billion in property tax billed in Cook County this year, a record $1 billion is due to Tax Increment Financing (TIF), says Cook County Clerk David Orr. This is a 17.9% increase […]