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TONIGHT: Property Tax Appeals Workshop

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, June 30, 2011

Your property tax bill. Photo from freerepublic.com.

If you think your property taxes are too high, tonight’s the night to get over the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn how to appeal them. Sponsored by Cook County Commissioners Bridget Gainer (D-10) and John Fritchey (D-12), the workshop will include representatives from the Cook County Assessor’s office and Board of Review to walk you through the process.

The workshop is for property owners in Lakeview Township, which is bounded by Western Ave and the lake, Devon Ave. and North Ave. Or you can look at this nifty map.

If you’ve looked at your property tax bill just once, you know that Cook County has one of the most complicated property tax processes imaginable. (Read this explanation from the Chicago Bar Association to make your head spin.) Complicating the process is the fact that the appeals process is heavily politicized by campaign contributions and voter pressure, and a significant portion of both commercial and residential appeals are approved. If you live in your house, a residential appeal costs nothing, so the best way to make sure you get yours, is to get your appeal in and roll the dice.

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