2017 Cook County Illinois Property Tax Appeal Seminar

In case you missed it, you can view the this hour long Cook County (Illinois) Property Tax Appeal seminar recorded at the Wheeling Village Hall in December 2017. This seminar provides the most recent information about the Cook County Board of Review appeal system and how to file a successful appeal. The information provided applies to all townships within Cook County.

Video Of A Safe Haven's 7th Annual 5K

As we previously posted, Commissioner Dan Patlak participated in A Safe Haven's 7th Annual 5K where Team Patlak Republicans won the top two awards.

Thanks to Dan Schmitt, we have video from the event with pre-race interviews with Commissioner Patlak, Vince Kolber, Dan Fitzgerald, Joe Walsh, and State Representative Allen Skillicorn.

Commissioner Dan Patlak Featured On Dan Proft's Against The Current

Commissioner Dan Patlak was featured on Dan Proft's Against The Current:
Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation. Cook and the collar counties know that especially well. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak about Cook County's property tax system, its appeals process, and how Cook County differs from the rest of the state in terms of property taxes. They also discuss some of the drivers behind the county's ever-increasing property taxes, and ways to reform the system.

Team Patlak Republicans wins the top two awards at A Safe Haven's 7th Annual 5K

For the 3rd year in a row, Commissioner Dan Patlak and the Team Patlak Republicans won the top 2 awards at A Safe Haven's 7th Annual 5K.  The money raised with help put an end to Veteran homelessness.  This was Team Patlak's biggest and best year to date!  This year, Commissioner Patlak was invited to sound the starting horn to begin the 5K race!

Chicago City Wire - Cook County official: Mismanagement to blame for tax increases

Commissioner Dan Patlak was featured in an article in the Chicago City Wire:

As the most recent property tax bills in Chicago and Cook County arrive in mailboxes, critics of property tax rates argue that the tax burden will push Illinois residents out of their homes.

The average Chicago property tax bill will increase by 10 percent, while suburban Cook County homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from 3.9 percent to 6.5 percent more, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Hosts Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson spoke with Dan Patlak, a commissioner with the Cook County Board of Review, who said mismanagement of the city has resulted in a series of tax increases that will take place over the next several years.

Proft is a principal of Local Government Information Services, which owns this publication.

Patlak said people need to know they can appeal their property assessments in an effort to cut their tax bills.

“I do about 50 assessment appeal seminars every year throughout my district,” Patlak said. “If you live in the suburbs, you can get help from your local township assessor, and they will help you file an appeal at the board of review.”

The Tribune reported that more than 50 percent of appeals are approved, and that the figure goes up to 80 percent after rejected appeals are considered by the board.

Patlak said that uniquely, Cook County's commercial and industrial properties are assessed at 25 percent, while residential property is assessed at 10 percent, meaning the former subsidizes the latter.

“When a commercial property like the Hilton is forced out of business, their value goes way down, their assessment goes way down and their tax bill goes way down," he said. "When their tax bill goes down, everybody else’s tax bill goes up."

Property taxes are also going up because of unfunded teacher, firefighter and police pensions, Patlak said.

“The previous administration prior to (Mayor) Rahm Emanuel sold off some very large assets, where they had a regular revenue stream, and now that’s disappeared, so they’re left with one main revenue stream, and that is property,” Patlak said.

ICYMI: Commissioner Patlak was on Chicago's Morning Answer AM 560 Yesterday

ICYMI: I was on Chicago's Morning Answer AM 560 yesterday with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson discussing the property tax increases that will be reflected in upcoming 2nd installment tax bills and what property owners can do to try and ease the burden. Check it out!

Run with Commissioner Patlak on July 15th to End Veteran Homelessness

Join Team Patlak Republicans in the fight to end veteran homelessness! Use coupon code PATLAK when signing up for Team Patlak Republicans for $5 off registration!

A Safe Haven Foundation will host its 7th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Chicago’s beautiful Montrose Harbor Grove 16 at 600 W Montrose Harbor Dr., Chicago, IL 60613 at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to support the mission of transforming lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. Music and a FREE Kids Fun RUN!

Cook County Board of Review Earns National Achievement Award for Information Technology

Chicago – The Cook County Board of Review, the largest assessment appeal board in the US, adjudicating over 400,000 assessment appeals annually has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. 

NACo recognized the Cook County Board of Review’s Digital Appeals Processing System (DAPS) which transformed its paper-based process to a digital enterprise content management system.  DAPS opened an online portal for constituents and created an internal digital workflow for analysis.  Taxpayers can now file appeals, upload evidence, and view results online.  The system's new digital workflow allows staff to review and decide appeals electronically.  DAPS allows management to establish metrics and base decisions on a data-driven work process.  The DAPS project finished under budget and on time.  

"The implementation of DAPS has allowed us to provide an efficient, accessible and user-friendly appeal process for the taxpayers of Cook County,” said Commissioner Larry R. Rogers, Jr.  “We appreciate the recognition of NACo and we are honored by this award."

“The NACo Achievement Award is recognition of the Board of Review staff’s hard work and the dedication of the Board and Commissioners to provide increased transparency, efficiency, fairness and access through innovation and technology,” said Commissioner Michael Cabonargi.  “We need to encourage government to develop innovative systems like DAPS to improve the quality of service provided to all constituents.”  

 “We are delighted to be recognized by NACo for the innovative DAPS program recently launched at the Cook County Board of Review. As the highest volume assessment review office in the nation, we have successfully transitioned from an obsolete paper filing system to a 21st century online processing system while adjudicating an ever-increasing volume of appeals. Most importantly, DAPS allows for greater transparency for appellants, a key goal we all strive for at the Board,” said Commissioner Dan Patlak. 

NACo President Bryan Desloge said, “Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services and constantly do more with less. We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition July 21–24 in Franklin County, Ohio.  

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Learn more at

The Cook County Board of Review is a quasi-judicial independent office responsible for adjudicating assessment appeals for all property in Cook County.  The Board consists of three Commissioners elected in three separate districts in Cook County.  Please contact the Board of Review at (312) 603-5542 with any questions.  For more information, please go to

Letter From Property Owner Appealed At The Board Of Review

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, I received the following letter from a property owner who attended a hearing at the Cook County Board of Review.  I'm very happy Mr. Le was pleased with the service we provided.

by Kevin Le
My experience working with the Cook County Board of Review, Room 601, 118 N Clark.

Today I would like to share with you some of my thoughts about my first time experience when I go to Cook County Board of Review to appeal my tax. As an Illinois resident for many years, I have come to Cook County building in Chicago many times and this is the first time I feel and appreciate there is some things Chicago does really good. It was the Cook County Board of Review (CCBR).

I am extremely impressed with how the effective, efficiency and streamline CCBR works. The night before I go to CCBR office, I expected there will be a long line, with everyone take a number and wait in the waiting area for hours therefore, I make sure my phone and my laptop fully charged. However in contrary to my expectation, the whole time I spent at the CCBR was less than eight minutes! The ways everyone were working there was so impressive. There was no waiting in line at all.

I was greeted at the front door and the person immediately asks me if I have any evidence to support my tax appeal. Once I show her I have a stack of at least 100 pages of documents, she directs me to one of the four stations to have my documents scanned. Immediately, when I step to one of these stations, someone greets me and handed my document to the person works at one of the scanning stations to scan my document. Within 2 minutes, more than 100 pages of my documents were completely scanned in the computer. They returned my original document and instructed me to go to the room in the back.

When I walked in the back room there was Commissioner Dan Patlak waiting to meet me. He looked at my paper work, looked at my complaint number and instructed me to meet the Assessor Analyst which was already there waiting for me. The analyst then asked me to present my case while she looked up for my 100 pages of document which was just scanned in a few minutes ago. Wow, what‘s an amazing system. This office has adopted technology so it has become a completely a paperless system which is much more effective and efficient than the traditional paper and pen system, not to mention the amount of paper wasted to print millions of document like mine! Not to mention the amount of storage space to store these document! I was so amazed at this speedy workflow; the whole process is so effective and efficient for a government entity. Once I am done with presenting my case, she said I am done for the day. I did not believe what I heard as I just came here and in less than 5 minutes and I am done? I ask her again, “Do you mean I am done and I can leave now?” “Yes” she confirms. That was it.

On my way out, as I was walking pass Commissioner Dan Patlak, he said “Goodbye Mr. Le” I stop and ask him how he knows my name? His response was “Your name is Kevin Le”. Wow, what an amazing customer service! Commissioner Dan Patlak has remembered my name when he greeted me earlier! I was stunted for the rest of the day. I have never experienced like this in both private and public sectors before. The services at Cook County Board of Review have surpassed my expectation and have changed my perception about how Chicago public works. There was no time wasted during the whole process. So much time was saved. Chicago resident doesn’t need to spend the whole day waiting to appeal their tax. I don’t know if my tax appeal will success and I will see a reduction in my tax but so far, I was able to text my boss to inform him that I will be available for the 10AM meeting because my meeting at the Cook County Board of Review was cut short to 5 minutes.

Commissioner Dan Patlak Reelected To Cook County Board Of Review

Commission Dan Patlak and wife, Dulce, celebrate their victory on election night.  Dan won with his highest percent of the vote yet.