Dear friend,

 

As we prepare to receive our 2019 property tax bills from Cook County, there are a few things to remember. It’s likely many homeowners will be looking at an increase over their 2018 bill. I’ve outlined a few important things to remember as you prepare to settle your property tax bill in anticipation of the Aug. 3 deadline.

 

While the due date for tax bills is Aug. 3, homeowners can settle their tax bills as late as Oct. 1 without incurring penalties. Be aware, however, that failing to pay by Oct. 1 could result in your property being subject to a tax sale. You should be receiving your 2019 final installment tax bill in the mail this week. Remember that Cook County collects your 2019 taxes a year later in 2020.

 

At this time, you can't appeal your assessment, but you can review the bill for correctness and then pay the amount owed. If you believe you may not have received all the proper exemptions to which you are entitled, the first thing you should do is check to the exemptions at the bottom left part of the second installment tax bill.

 

The key exemptions are:

  • Homeowner. You own the property and live there;
  • Senior Homeowner. You own the property, live there and one of the owners is 65 years or older; and
  • Senior Freeze. You own the property, live there, one of the owners was born in 1954 or before, your 2018 household income was $65,000 or less, and you have filed a verified Senior Freeze application.

 

If any of these exemptions are missing or if you see another error on your tax bill, do one of the following before paying the bill:

  • You can call the office of your county commissioner. 13th District Commissioner Larry Suffredin can be reached at 847-864-1209 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how to correct the bill. 10th District Commissioner Bridget Gainer can be reached at 312-603-4210 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If you live in New Trier Township, contact New Trier Township Assessor Jan Churchwell (847-446-8202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • If you live in Niles Township, contact Niles Township Assessor Scott Bagnall (847-673-9300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Once you are satisfied that your exemptions are correct, you can safely pay your bill to the Cook County Treasurer in one of the following ways:

  • Mail a check using the envelope provided
  • Pay online at cookcountytreasurer.com
  • Pay at any Chase Bank location

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions about your property tax bill. You can contact my office via email here.

 

Sincerely,


Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th Illinois Senate District

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