Commissioner Dan Patlak Receives the Tribune Endorsement For Cook County Board of (Tax) Review

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Commissioner Dan Patlak for Cook County Board of (Tax) Review:

Incumbent Dan Patlak is the sole Republican on this three-member board that hears property tax appeals — 476,000 of them in 2015. We write often that this is where politically clouted lawyers long have won big assessment reductions for big commercial clients — board decisions that shifted tax burdens to homeowners. Other county politicians (yes, Democrats) tell us Patlak is smart and diligent, and that he tries to keep the system fair. On his watch the board has done its part to get tax bills issued on time, a change that saves money for other governments. A digital appeals system saves enormous amounts of paper. And the board's annual reports, dry but useful, give taxpayers a basic overview of the tax appeals system. Patlak is endorsed over Democrat Marty Stack, an attorney.

Dan Patlak on WTTW Chicago Tonight's Candidate Free Time

Dan Patlak participated in WTTW Chicago Tonight's Candidate Free Time with a video statement, information about the office (Board of Review), Candidate Q&A and Candidate Statement.

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.

Dan Patlak Appears On The North Town News Magazine

Dan Patlak appeared on the North Town News Magazine

Vote By Mail & Early Voting

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Commissioner Dan Patlak Hosts Fundraiser

Commission Dan Patlak hosted a very successful fundraiser at the Valley Lo Club in Glenview, IL.  

Join Commissioner Patlak at a Cocktail Reception at the Valley Lo Club

You are cordially invited to join

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner
Dan Patlak

at a cocktail reception

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Host Committee Reception 5:30 - 6:00 PM
General Reception 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Valley Lo Club
2200 Tanglewood Dr
Glenview, IL 60025


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

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!