On Thursday, February 12th, Commissioner Dan Patlak hosted the Prospect High School Conservative Club at the Northwest Suburban Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Governor Chris Christie. This year's dinner was the largest in the history of the event with 900 attendees.
Commissioner Dan Patlak with Wife Dulce, Illinois State Representative Tom Morrison, Republican National Committeewoman Demetra Demonte and the Propsect High School Conservative Club.
Governor Chris Christie addresses the record setting crowd while sporting a hat for his new favorite football team, the Chicago Bears!
Many of us enjoyed our annual Christmas party last Sunday; our good volunteers packed out LaZingara, and we welcomed our state party chairmanTim Schneider, as well as Congressman Bob Dold and his whole family. State Rep. David & Michelle Harris were with us, as was our State Central Committeeman (10th District) Mark Shaw.
Our own Tax Review Commissioner Dan Patlak helped me emcee the occasion, and Women's Club incoming president Lisa Smith presented a memory book to outgoing president Penny Pullen to thank her for 10+ years at the helm of our auxiliary. And, of course, our township officials:Supervisor Mike Schroeder, Assessor Jerry Sadler, Hwy. Commissioner Scott Saewert & Trustees Kathy Penner, Mike Domrzalski & Robert Hoban.
Commissioner Dan Patlak was quoted in an article in the Journal & Topics Newspaper today:
The Cook County Board of Review announced a re-engineering and automation project that will replace the current manual paper-intensive appeal process. The board has engaged Databank LLC, an imaging and information management solutions firm, to create a new technology driven system.
The board of review processes over 400,000 property tax assessment appeals a year. Databank will re-engineer the BOR’s current operations using their OnBase software. This system will simplify the appeal process for taxpayers by allowing evidence to be filed online, reduce costs associated with paper printing and file storage, streamline operations by eliminating the need to physically circulate hundreds of thousands of paper files analysts review each year, and increase overall efficiency of the office.
“This is a milestone step in the board’s history. As we have experienced an increased number of appeals each year, investing in 21st century technology that allows us to keep pace with increased demand became vital to the continued success of our office,” said Commissioner Dan Patlak.
In August, engineers from Databank will begin working with BOR professionals to clone the manual system into a state-of-the-art digitized process that will be able to accommodate the board’s ever increasing workload. Initial implementation of the re-engineered system is slated for the 2015 assessment appeal session. The 2014 assessment session opens Aug. 4.
The Cook County Board of Review is a quasi-judicial elected office responsible for adjudicating assessment appeals for all property in Cook County. Patlak, of Wheeling, represents the 1st District of the Board of Review, which encompasses 90% of Suburban Cook County and part of the 19th and 41st & 45th wards of Chicago.
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 www.cookcountyboardofreview.com.
Democrats and Republicans can actually work together to make effective and efficient government. The Cook County Board of Review makes it happen every day.
Cook County Board of Review
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."
The Board of Review is now accepting pre-filed appeals on-line for the 2014 assessment appeal year at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com 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.
Congratulations to Board of Review Analyst Brendan Seyring on earning his CIAO designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.
Cook 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.