Brendan Seyring Earns The Certified Illinois Assessor Officer (CIAO) Designation

Congratulations to Board of Review Analyst Brendan Seyring on earning his CIAO designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.

 

Elly Drake Earns The Certified Illinois Assessor Officer (CIAO) Designation

ellyCook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak announced that Commercial analyst Elly Drake has earned the Certified Illinois Assessor Officer (CIAO) designation. Administered by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, the CIAO designation requires 90 hours of classroom instruction and a passing grade in each class. Drake has been a member of Commissioner Patlak’s staff since December of 2010. 

Drake holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Loyola University and is a part-time, evening student at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Drake is fluent in Spanish, Greek and French, using her language skills to assist non-English speaking taxpayers file their appeals at the Board of Review. 

“We are very happy that Elly invested the time and money necessary to earn the CIAO designation,” said Commissioner Dan Patlak. “One of my campaign promises was to improve the professional qualifications of our Board analysts. That’s why we have worked with the IPAI and IDOR to conduct four of their classes right here at the Board of Review. Over the next several years we expect many of our analysts to earn the CIAO designation as well.” 

Commercial/Industrial Analyst Doug LaSota from Patlak’s staff, also recently obtained his CAIO designation.

 

Board of Review Analyst Doug LaSota Receives CIAO Designation

2013-Doug-LaSotaChicago--Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak announced today that Commercial/Industrial analyst Doug LaSota has earned the Certified Illinois Assessor Officer designation. The CIAO designation administered and awarded by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute requires 90 hours of classroom instruction and a passing grade in each class. Classes include Basic Assessment Practices, Property Valuation, Introduction to Mass Appraisal Techniques, Introduction to Residential Assessment Practices and Introduction to Sales Ratio Studies. Classes were administered by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute and the Illinois Department of Revenue. The CIAO designation is required for anyone who wishes to run for Township Assessor and requires 60 hours of additional class time every four years in order to keep current. Doug LaSota has been a member of Commissioner Patlak's staff since December of 2011. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

"We are very happy that Doug invested the time and money necessary to earn the CIAO designation," said Commissioner Dan Patlak. "One of my campaign promises was to improve the professional qualifications of our Board analysts. That's why we have worked with the IPAI and IDOR to conduct four of their classes right here at the Board of Review. Over the next several years we expect many of our analysts to earn the CIAO designation as well," concluded Patlak.

The Cook County Board of Review is a quasi-judicial office run by three independently elected officials who represent three separate districts within the county. The Board reviews property assessment appeals from owners of industrial, commercial, residential and vacant property within Cook County. Commissioner Patlak was first elected to a two year term in 2010 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2012. His district (#1) includes most of suburban Cook County. Patlak holds a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University, is a licensed Real Estate Broker, CIAO, Graduate of the Real Estate Institute and served as an analyst at the Board of Review from January 1999 to December 2006. He lives in Wheeling with his wife Dulce and twelve year old son Teddy.

 

Letter From Taxpayer

Dear Commissioner Patlak,

It is with deep appreciation that I am writing this letter to say THANK YOU for coming out to New Trier Township last night to explain what the Board of Review does, the grounds for appeal and property tax exemptions to the home owners.

It was my first time attending this kind of hearing and meeting on property tax. It was not only an eye- opening experience for me, but an educational one. Thank you so very much for taking your time to meet all of us. Thank you for offering your expertise on the subjects and for providing answers to all the questions from the audience.

I would also like to mention that the other three staff members of the Board of Review were genuine and helpful at the end of the meeting. Today I received an email from the Board of Review that acknowledged the receipt of my complaint, which made me feel hopeful that the Board is caring about people's needs and that the Board is highly efficient with today's technologies.

Thank you very much for the good work you have done. Your leadership to the Board of Review will make it a fine government to the people in the Township.

Sincerely Yours,
Lucinda Yang

 

Northwest Suburban Republican Picnic

Dan Patlak and his crew attended the most successful Northwest Suburban Republican picnic in many years.

 
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