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Commission Dan Patlak Continues His Commitment To Educating The Public With An Outreach In New Trier Township

Commissioner Dan Patlak has hosted 6 outreaches so far this year to packed rooms across the Chicago suburbs, currently averaging 2 a week.  These outreaches are held in Townships currently open for appeal with the Cook County Board of Review.  Dan and his staff are educating anyone interested on the intracacies of the Cook County property tax system and how they can make sure they are fairly assessed.

Commissioner Dan Patlak Joined the 890AM Big John and Ray Show to Discuss the Launch Of Cook County Property Tax Appeals

On August 1st, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak joined Big John and Ray on AM890 to talk about the beginning of citizens chance to appeal their property tax bills.  Dan discusses how to appeal property taxes including online filing.  With online filing, homeowners can create an account to appeal online in steps and followup to get status updates.  Listen to the interview on wlsam.com.

Team Patlak Republicans Runs To End Veteran Homelessness - Wins Top Fundraiser and Largest Team

For the second year in a row, Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak won Top Fundraiser and Largest Team with 121 runners at the annual A Safe Haven 5K this past Sunday.  The money raised with help put an end to Veteran homelessness.


Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak receives congratulations from A Safe Haven's Co-founder & President Neli Vazquez Rowland for winning Top Fundraiser and largest team of 121 runners at their annual 5K this past Sunday July 10th, 2016.

At the 2 minute mark of ABC 7 Chicago's coverage, you can see Commissioner Patlak and wife Dulce first off the starting line of the 5K.

Join Team Patlak Republicans To End Veteran Homelessness At The 6th Annual A Safe Haven 5K

Team Patlak Republicans is participating in the 6th annual A Safe Haven 5K to help end veteran homelessness.  A Safe Haven Foundation is an organization based in Chicago which assists homeless people, especially veterans, who may be suffering from the many causes of homelessness including various addictions. A Safe Haven Foundation assists in recovery and rehabilitation so that these men and women who have served our country can be brought back to full participation as engaged citizens.

With your help, we organized the largest team at the A Safe Haven 5K in Douglas Park last year, and raised more money than any other team for a very worthy cause - helping homeless veterans. Please join us again this year to stand up for those that protect our nation.

A Safe Haven Foundation will hosts its 6th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness, on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Chicago’s historic Douglas Park, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Join our team today!

Commissioner Dan Patlak's Letter To The Editor

Commissioner Dan Patlak recently had a Letter to the Editor giving an update on the completed 2015 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Session published in the Daily Herald. Please read on to find out the exciting developments at the Board of Review.

The Cook County Board of Review recently closed its 2015 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Session on time. This is not news in itself as the Board of Review has closed on target the past five years. Except this was not a typical assessment year. 2015 marked a monumental leap in efficiency at the Board of Review leading the way in county government with the launch of a new Digital Appeals Processing System.

Simultaneously occurring during the 2015 assessment session was a city triennial assessment cycle -- which yielded a historic number of appeals filed with the Board. A perfect storm was in place!

The new technology provided an unprecedented ability to track and process files; greater transparency, access, and ease of use for the appellant; better overall management; and saved over 2 million pieces of paper .

With the streamlined system in place, the board adjudicated more appeals with a smaller staff and completed our work early.

This means second installment property tax bills will be mailed out on time and assures an uninterrupted revenue stream for local education, police and fire protection, and numerous other local services and projects. It is important to note it is a bipartisan effort that allows the board to succeed.

The board consists of three commissioners, two Democrats and one Republican. At a time when other government offices are at odds, the Board of Review is once again quietly and efficiently accomplishing its job with a state-of-the-art system that came in on time and on budget .

Commissioner Dan Patlak joined over 1000 other Republicans at the 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner

Commissioner Dan Patlak joined over 1000 other Republicans at the largest ever Northwest Suburban Lincoln Day Dinner.  The 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner's featured speaker was Texas Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz.

Dan Patlak on WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the Primary

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WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the Primary is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for Cook County office in the March 15 election.

Every candidate running for a Cook County office was given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected.

About this office: The Board of Review

The Cook County Board of Review is a three-member board, elected from three electoral districts, that hears and decides taxpayer complaints on assessed value or exempt status of real property in Cook County. In 2016, one commissioner each from two of the three districts will be elected.

About this candidate:

Name: Dan Patlak
Party: Republican
Born: March 1962
Residence: Wheeling
Family: Married with one son
Occupation:Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review
Political experience:Elected to Cook County Board of Review November 2010; re-elected to Board of Review in 2012; elected Wheeling Township Assessor 2005 and again 2009; elected East Maine School District 63 Board Member 1995.

What is your vision for this office?
To provide fair and impartial hearings in a timely, professional and cost efficient manner for taxpayers who are contesting their property tax assessment.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Hello, my name is Dan Patlak and I am a commissioner at the Cook County Board of Review, the office that reviews property assessment appeals.

In 2010 I ran on the premise that taxpayers were entitled to have a commissioner who was highly qualified and who would make the job a priority. As a twice-elected township assessor, a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, a licensed real estate broker and a former analyst at the Board of Review, I promised that I would serve as the first-ever, full-time commissioner and I have kept that promise.

By working with my fellow commissioners we have made tremendous strides in making our office more efficient, transparent and accessible. Online appeals were a priority and we put them in place eight months after my election. Our offices' first-ever annual report was issued in 2011 and every year thereafter and is available on our website. A Freedom of Information page was added to our website to make it easier for the public to review our decisions. This past year we made the most dramatic improvement in the history of the Board’s operations, completing a four-year project that resulted in the Digital Appeals Processing system, a government project that was completed in time and on-budget.

DAPS, as we now call it, allows appellants to upload their evidence to us online and they can check the results of their appeal and the notes written by our analysts on their home computer. We have eliminated the use of over two million pieces of paper by going to a completely digital system that eliminates the need to physically create, analyze and transport paper appeal files. DAPS has allowed us to adjudicate the largest number of appeals in the history of the county while still finishing our job in time to get second installment tax bills out on time.

As a candidate running for re-election I am asking for your vote in the March 15 primary and the November 8 general election.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Commissioner Dan Patlak Featured On ABC 7 News

Commissioner Dan Patlak was featured on ABC 7 News for being first in a long line outside Cook County Clerk David Orr's office as the one-week filing period starts for candidates seeking countywide offices in the March 15 primary election.  "We decided we wanted to be first and we did it," Patlak said.

Commissioner Dan Patlak Officially Declares Candidacy With Over 13,400 Signatures

Commissioner Dan Patlak officially declared his candidacy for re-election this morning as the first candidate to file at the Cook County Clerk's office. We submitted one-thousand and six pages containing over thirteen-thousand-four-hundred signatures. Much thanks to all those who signed and special thanks to the over two hundred circulators who helped us eviscerate our petition goal. Now, on to victory in the March 15 primary and November 1 general election.

Team Patlak Republicans Raises The Most Money With The Biggest Team For A Safe Haven 5K

Thank you Team Patlak Republicans!

With your help, we organized the largest team at the A Safe Haven 5K race in Douglas Park, and raised more money than any other team for a very worthy cause - helping homeless veterans. We received 2 awards from Neli Vasquez Rowland, President & Co-Founder of A Safe Haven: Team with most members (113), and raising the most in donations!

With your participation, we demonstrated Republican Community Service to a facet of Chicago society that does not normally have the opportunity to see it.

A successful event! Let's do this again next year!

Sincerely,
Commissioner Dan Patlak

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