Commissioner Dan Patlak

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April 18, 2017
Cook County Board of Review Closes 2016 Appeal Session with focus on outreach and accessibility

85% of Board of Review appeals from homeownersApril 18 (Chicago)—The Commissioners of the Cook County Board of Review, the highest volume assessment appeals board in the country, closed the...

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Letter from Commissioner Dan Patlak

 

Dear Cook County Taxpayers,

Welcome to the Cook County Board of Review website. I was first elected into office in 2010, and it is an honor and privilege to serve you.

Here at the Board of Review, we work to ensure fair property tax assessments for property owners.  As a taxpayer, you have the right to appeal your property tax assessment every year at no cost.  Residential property owners should know they are not required to hire an attorney to file an appeal unless their property is incorporated.

Since I’ve served on the Board, we have made several improvements to our appeal review system, including the ability to file an appeal online.  This has helped simplify and expedite the process for taxpayers, and streamline the review process within the Board, ensuring timely results. This year marks the third year in a row property tax bills will be mailed out on time due to these technological improvements. Something that had not been accomplished in over 30 years!

It is my aim to empower taxpayers through education and communication.  One way I work to inform the public about property tax assessment appeals is by holding outreach seminars throughout townships in my district.  I provide a detailed presentation about the property tax system and how to file a successful appeal. This past year we conducted 38 outreach seminars across Cook County. Click here to download a copy of the property tax appeal process pamphlet.  You may also view a video on Why Property Taxes go up when the assessment is lowered. 

To better serve you, education of my staff is also a priority. I am proud to say ten of our analysts on staff have become Certified Illinois Assessing Officers, and many others have made significant progress toward achieving the CIAO designation.

We are committed to the highest level of professional service to you. As always, please do not hesitate to Contact us with any questions or concerns. We encourage you to Sign up for our occasional email newsletter which provides pertinent information & updates about the Board of Review and the Cook County property tax system.

Sincerely,

Commissioner Dan Patlak