Board of review cooperates for success

Dan Patlak's Letter To The Editor was published in the Daily Herald:

Cook County homeowners have received their second installment property tax bill for 2013. While most folks don't enjoy receiving their bill, there is good news this time. After more than 30 years of late billing, for the third year in a row, the bills have gone out on time.

The Board of Review has worked in a nonpartisan way to end late billing. With help from other offices, we are doing so -- to the benefit of all taxpayers.

The 2013 property tax appeal sessions, in which property owners exercise their right to ask the Board of Review to check their taxes for fairness, saw over 402,000 requests, the third-highest number in board history. We took that amount in stride, thanks to comprehensive modernization. In fact, we finished a week ahead of schedule, enabling the on-time billing.

Property owners now know when to expect their tax bills. That helps them budget. Also, their local units of government, from school boards to villages, and many others, will receive their property tax proceeds from the county on time. That saves the local governments and, ultimately, the taxpayers themselves, high costs of borrowing to fill budget gaps left by late payments due to late billings.

None of this happened by accident. Respectful working relationships with the assessor, treasurer and county clerk are key.

The board made its own commitment to improving the status quo. We embraced technology and promoted a culture that supports change. Establishing a first ethics manual for the board helped morale and instilled professional pride.

Also, this year will mark the fourth consecutive Board of Review Annual Report. It's available at

Democrats and Republicans can actually work together to make effective and efficient government. The Cook County Board of Review makes it happen every day.

Dan Patlak
Cook County Board of Review


A Safe Haven 2014 Run

Dan Patlak and his team participated in this year's A Safe Haven 5k run with 109 Team Patlak runners.  Team Patlak was the #1 fundraising team bringing in over $11,000 to help aid homeless veterans!  Thanks to everyone who came out and made this effort a great success!

Co-founder and President of A Safe Haven Foundation Neli Vazquez-Rowland sends along the following: "Congratulations & Thank you Team Patlak Republicans! On behalf of all of us at A Safe Haven Foundation, and the people we serve. Because of your commitment and dedication to the cause of helping lift people out of poverty and homelessness more people and more Veterans will get the help that they need to become self-sufficient. Thank you for being a great example of servant leadership on behalf of all citizens."


2014 Cook County Board Of Review Pre-File Now Available

The Board of Review is now accepting pre-filed appeals on-line for the 2014 assessment appeal year at from residential property owners filing on their own behalf without representation from an attorney.  


This is the earliest the Board of Review has ever accepted pre-filed appeals. The Board will not accept evidence from appellants until the township in which the appellant's property is located opens for appeal.  Property owners who pre-file on-line will receive an e-mail from the Board of Review notifying them when their township opens and instructing them to mail or deliver their evidence to the Board.  Allowing individuals to pre-file means that homeowners will no longer need to constantly track when their township will open, thus eliminating the possibility they may miss their appeal window.


Join Team Patlak in the 2014 Safe Haven 5K

Join Commissioner Dan Patlak and the Team Patlak Republicans for the 4th Annual Safe Haven 5K Race on Sunday July 13th at 8:00am.  Download our flyer for information on joining Dan's Team!


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.

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