Illinois

The Chicago Public School board wants higher taxes to balance its budget problems. Read More
 

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced that his exemption fraud legislation, which a nationally recognized expert estimated the County may recover $65 million for taxing bodies in the first year, was signed by Governor Quinn yesterday. Read More

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Twenty-six properties owned by entities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mostly in Nauvoo, were exempted from paying Hancock County property taxes. Read More

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McLean County Board members Tuesday signed off on a tax abatement renovation project in downtown Bloomington, according to our news partner WJBC Radio. Green Building LLC wants tax breaks to build apartments, a restaurant and retail space at 115 East Monroe in a $1.6 million project. Read More

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Cook County taxpayers are expected to end up shelling out more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people Assessor Joseph Berrios fired for unlawful political reasons after his election in 2010. Read More

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State and parish tax officials say a recent report released by the auditor's office paints an inaccurate picture.  They say they're assessing properly and taxpayers are paying the right amount. Read More

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City officials are looking to intervene in a pending Carle Foundation Hospital lawsuit that asks for $5 million in refunds related to property taxes it paid on 29 parcels between 2007 and 2011. Read More

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Property tax rates in Peoria are among the highest in the Midwest, according to a study commissioned by the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. Read More
 

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Checks to Nauvoo property owners from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will provide a partial refund on higher taxes paid this year after a change in the church's tax status on its holdings in Nauvoo. Read More

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Cook County property owners next year will for the first time see how much they pay toward tax-increment financing districts, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Thursday. Read More

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A La Salle County judge is considering whether to dismiss a nearly $1 million lawsuit against the Exelon power company. Read More

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When it comes to Cook County property taxes I am always amazed at how little Chicago realtors actually know about this topic. In fact, many real estate attorneys often don't know as much as they should. Well, with last week's release of the 2012 property tax rates for Chicago and the rest of Cook County by David Orr, Cook County Clerk, I decided it was time for me to attempt to demystify the subject and give you a preview of what you (if you live in Chicago) will probably find in your mailbox in a week or so when your get your property tax bill. Read More

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Before Bloomington District 87 school board members approved a tax abatement request at their Wednesday meeting, they heard opposition from a resident and support from City Manager David Hales. Read More

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Several months ago, a member of the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation board approached the Rochelle Elementary District Board of Education requesting a five-year tax abatement on the Fairway’s Golf Course it is currently running, and last week at June’s regularly scheduled board meeting, it took the board members some time before coming to a conclusion. Read More

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Chicago homeowners and businesses have grown accustomed to up-to-the-limit school property tax increases, but they might be forced to endure even more pain to bail the Chicago Public Schools out of a $1 billion shortfall. Read More

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The city believes a new economic development incentive application process will push forward only worthy projects, and officials on Monday said the first project to go through it will only benefit the public. Read More

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Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard says Joe Berrios has been dodging a subpoena for nearly a year. Read More

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Ald. Edward M. Burke, the most powerful member of Chicago’s City Council, is also Edward M. Burke, attorney at law. His specialty: getting property-tax cuts and refunds for an A-list of business clients that includes Commonwealth Edison, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Avis Rent a Car and dozens of other companies that do business with City Hall. Read More

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Mayor Laurel Prussing is continuing to take a strong stand against a state-mandated property tax exemption for Carle Foundation Hospital, and she plans to ask for support from local lawmakers. Read More

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Quincy Township is asking for a 34.1 percent increase in its property tax levy because officials said its surplus funds have been depleted in recent years because of rising costs and declining revenue.Read More

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