Property Tax Bills Are in the Mail; How High Will Yours Be?

Unless you are in Cook County, your property tax bills are in the mail. What continues to surprise many is even though assessments have fallen dramatically in the past few years, property taxes have continued to increase. Here are a few definitions to be aware of for the rest of this article and when a […]

Rahm Emanuel Wants Springfield to Raise Property Taxes

With the city of Chicago facing a pension crisis of their own, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is looking to Springfield for help. He wants the Michael Madigan and John Cullerton to get the legislature to raise property taxes so he doesn’t get the blame. Last Friday, the mayor held a 2.5-hour meeting with the Illinois House […]

Which school districts tax the most per student?

When it comes to his school district’s finances, Addison Elementary District 4 Superintendent John Langton is fully aware of the shortcomings of his property tax base. The district will collect nearly $28.7 million in property taxes this year. But spread among the 4,151 students, that’s just $6,907 per pupil. That’s far below the average of […]

Learn How to Lower Your Property Taxes

Free Seminar on How To Lower your Property Taxes Sponsored By: Waukegan Activist Keith Turner and For Our Children’s Future When: Tuesday August 20th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM Where: Community Action Project 1200 Glen Flora in Waukegan Free and open to the public

Property Tax Reform for Illinois

Representative Dave McSweeney is working on pension reform. Illinois homeowners can’t afford higher property taxes. Home values have gone down – but property taxes have gone up. It’s a real problem – as many Illinois residents are searching for jobs in a poor economy and families have been hit with a 67% tax hike. Sign […]

McSweeney “Respectfully” Asks Madigan for Tax Bill Vote

A House GOP lawmaker is calling on House Speaker Michael Madigan to release a property tax bill amendment from a key House panel. State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) is seeking to spring his amendment to legislation, Senate Bill 1937, to give Illinois residents living within township governments a 2-year property tax levy freeze, from […]

Lake County Board of Review Limiting Taxpayer Rights?

The Lake County Board of Review (BOR) presented its proposed rules changes to the public. The major change limits the rights of Lake County property owners who want to appeal their property tax assessments to be handled by either themselves of a licensed attorney.  This rules specifically disallows the following from representing a taxpayer: Accountants Tax Consultants […]

The Ever Increasing Property Taxes

Take out your tax bill and see where all the money goes. You see the biggest portion goes to your local school districts. While we all support a quality education, it is clear there is a problem with the ever increasing property taxes. All across Illinois, school districts are putting together budgets. In all but […]

Grayslake D127 Superintendent Gets 30% Raise

Grayslake High School District 127 received a new 5 year contract. The contract gives Dr. Catherine Finger a $65,000 raise (see table below) or put another way, a 30% increase over the next 5 years. This raise does not include all benefits as calculated by TRS (Teacher retirement System) and is stated to mirror the […]