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Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced that the second installment 2021 real estate tax bills will be posted on the Cook County Treasurer’s website (www.cookcountytreasurer.com) next Tuesday or Wednesday, November 14th or 15th.  Taxpayers will be able to download their tax bill to print and mail their payment in, pay online at the Treasurer’s website, […]
Continue Reading Second Installment 2021 Property Tax Bills Due on December 30, 2022

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) finalized the 2021 Cook County Equalization Factor of 3.0027 on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.  Since Cook County is the only County in the State of Illinois that “classifies” and thereby “assesses” different types of properties based on their use, the IDOR is required to configure and implement an annual […]
Continue Reading 2021 Cook County Equalization Factor Finalized

2022 marks the triennial assessment year for all of the north and northwestern townships of Cook County.  Through the first nine reassessment townships, Assessor Fritz Kaegi continues to increase assessments for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential properties at much higher rates than residential property owners.  This trend began during Assessor Kaegi’s first reassessment in 2019 […]
Continue Reading Cook County Assessor Raise Valuations of Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family Properties Substantially More Than Residential Properties

The Illinois Department of Revenue announced a tentative 2021 Cook County Equalization Factor on June 14, 2022.  The tentative Cook County Equalization Factor of 2.7297 was announced much later this year than in previous years.  For example, the 2020 tentative Equalization Factor which was announced on January 25, 2021.  This later release was representative of […]
Continue Reading Tentative 2021 Cook County Equalization Factor Set

The Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has publicly stated that she expects the second installment 2020 real estate tax bill to be due on October 1, 2021.  Ms. Pappas anticipates that the bills will go out in August so that they are received by Cook County taxpayers at least 30 days before the October 1, […]
Continue Reading 2020 Second Installment Cook County Real Estate Tax Bills Are Expected To Be Due On October 1, 2021

Every three (3) years, the City of Chicago is reassessed by the Cook County Assessor.  When that occurs, the Assessor reviews data from sales transactions within the City proper and looks towards “trends” in the real estate market on a more “macro” level of review.  There are eight (8) total Townships within the City which […]
Continue Reading City of Chicago Reassessment Begins With Significant Assessment Increases in Rogers Park

Due to delays in the finalization of Cook County Board of Review tax appeals and certification of final assessments, Cook County property owners will most likely get more time to pay their 2020 second installment property tax bills.  The current due date for the 2020 second installment of property tax payments is August 2nd, but […]
Continue Reading Second Installment 2020 Property Taxes For Cook County Taxpayers Will Most Likely Be Delayed

The Illinois Department of Revenue announced a tentative 2020 Cook County Equalization Factor of 3.0861 on January 26, 2021.  Every year, the Illinois Department of Revenue is legally required to calculate the equalization factor to achieve uniform property assessments throughout the state. The Cook County Equalization Factor or multiplier is a 5.51% increase from the […]
Continue Reading Tentative 2020 Cook County Equalization Factor Set

The Cook County Board of Commissioners in November 2020 waived the 1.5 percent late fee, for two months, on all Tax Year 2020 property taxes.  As a result, Cook County Taxpayers can pay the first installment which is due on March 2, 2021, through May 3, 2021, without incurring a late fee.  Late fees will […]
Continue Reading Cook County Board of Commissioners Waived Penalties and Interest for 2020 First Installment Tax Bill For Two Months or Until May 3, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with a deep recession and other factors in 2020, has caused the fewest number of commercial property sales in a decade.  Real estate investors bought and sold just under $11.5 billion of Chicago-area commercial real estate which is a 32% decrease from 2019 according to the data put forth by the […]
Continue Reading Commercial Real Estate Sales in Chicago drop to a 10-year low in 2020

Fritz Kaegi and the Cook County Assessor’s Office has recently prepared a report which it claims to show that the Cook County Board of Review has corrected the Assessor’s Office’s original assessments in an excessive manner, especially those assessments placed on commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners in the northern townships of Cook County during […]
Continue Reading The Cook County Board of Review Has Reviewed and Corrected the Excessive Assessments Issued by the Cook County Assessor

The Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has been sending out notices to taxpayers, particularly, residential homeowners and owners of apartment buildings of less than seven units.  A number of clients and attorneys have asked our attorneys the meaning or effect of these notices on their property taxes which become payable next year.  In response to […]
Continue Reading Cook County Assessor’s Covid19 Adjustments and Its Real Effects on Taxpayers

Each year one-third of Cook County gets reassessed by the Assessor.  In 2020, the south and southwest suburban townships have been reassessed by Assessor Fritz Kaegi for the first time.  The Assessor has continued his trend to increase the assessments of commercial property owners much more aggressively than residential property owners for the 2020 triennial […]
Continue Reading Commercial Property Owners Are Facing 2020 Assessment and Real Estate Tax Increases

Sales of commercial buildings located in Chicago declined from $16 billion in transactions in 2018 to $8.07 billion in 2019 per a study by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).  2019 was the worst year for the sales of commercial property which includes office, apartment, hotels, retail and industrial properties since 2013 when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.  […]
Continue Reading Total Sales of Commercial Buildings in Chicago Plummet From 2018 to 2019