Illinois

Both Urbana hospitals have won property tax exemptions from the Illinois Department of Revenue, with the help of a new Illinois law passed last summer that set new standards for hospitals to qualify. Read More

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 Acting under provisions of a seldom-used state law, the Calhoun County Board has voted unanimously to fire its elected supervisor of assessments, effective immediately. Read More

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Assessments that exceed allowed state levels have prompted the Illinois Department of Revenue to stop reimbursing its half of the Calhoun County assessor's salary. Read More

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Roscoe clinic disputes Winnebago County’s tax assessment NorthPointe Wellness Center is seeking a 65 percent reduction in its property assessment that could dramatically lower its property tax bill and, in turn, the revenue it sends to two school districts and eight other local governments. Read More

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The City Council passed a resolution recommending a significant property tax break for a former warehouse just south of the Little Calumet River that has sat empty in recent years. Read More

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Five property owners sued Madison County, former Treasurer Fred Bathon and others Thursday, claiming that buyers of delinquent taxes conspired to rob property owners of millions of dollars. Read More

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Alan Zielinski, candidate for Grafton Township Assessor, wants to make sure taxpayers’ dollars get the highest return on their investment. Read More

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Bid-rigging in the sale of liens on tax-delinquent property in Madison County may have affected nearly 10,000 parcels and dramatically increased interest rates owners had to pay on more than $17 million in back taxes and related costs, a Post-Dispatch analysis shows. Read More

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A local representative wants to cut back funding even more by freezing our property tax rates. Read More

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It’s been two years and counting since Richard Kramer asked a state board to weigh in on what he feels is an unfair property tax assessment. Read More

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(R-Machesney Park) has filed legislation which would freeze property tax rates. House Bill 1521 is designed to prevent the recent practice of cities and school boards raising rates on property taxes to make up for the declining value in homes values, which can serve to maintain or even increase property taxes even though a home's value may have declined. Read More

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Three hospitals in Illinois are seeking state tax refunds totaling nearly $10 million, reported Crain's Chicago Business. The hospitals include Edward Hospital & Health Services, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital. Read More
 

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Readers in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Deerfield and Highland Park had a strong reaction—both pro and con—to a case brought by the Onwentsia Club which will decide whether private clubs on open land like golf courses must pay real estate tax on their buildings. Read More

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After a lengthy lobbying effort by nonprofit hospitals to preserve their tax-exempt status, three Illinois hospitals are waiting on refunds totaling nearly $10 million for taxes paid while the battle was raging. Read More

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Millburn Elementary District 24 voters will decide a referendum question asking for permission to allow a larger-than-usual property tax increase only for next year. Read More

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A new report that tries to make an apples-to-apples comparison of property tax burdens across the Chicago region found effective tax rates on the rise in 2010 — based on the latest data available. Read More

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Property taxes are the number one headache for a small business in Tinley Park, says Creative Cakes Co-Owner Beth Fahey.

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Double-check all calls from the Cook County Assessor's Office because the contact may be a scam, a release from the office warns. Read More

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When word broke that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf was eligible for the basketball hall of fame, team coach Tom Thibodeau gushed praise for his boss. Read More

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DuPage County taxpayers can toast to more than just a new year this month with The DuPage Airport Authority’s announcement that it has abated its 2013 tax levy by $500,000, bringing the total abatement since 2010 to $2.5 million. Read More

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