Cook County Sending Tax Refunds to 30K Homeowners

The Cook County Treasurer’s Office is sending nearly 30,000 homeowners property tax refunds totaling $8.3 million without requiring an application, another example of using technology to make things easier for taxpayers, according to Treasurer Maria Pappas. Future plans include eliminating the refund application altogether.

Overpayments occur for a variety of reasons, including the simple mistake of paying more than is owed on the tax bill. More often, overpayments result from a reduction in property taxes after the bill was paid. Click here for the official announcement.

Cook County Property Tax First Installment Posted Early

In response to requests by taxpayers, accountants and tax advisors, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has posted next year’s First Installment property tax bill on the website, nearly three months before the due date. The official announcement and instructions can be found here.

This is the earliest that First Installment payments have been accepted. Property owners should consult with a tax professional about income tax deductions for 2018. The Cook County Treasurer is also offering a loan program that may help qualifying senior citizens pay their property taxes. Click here for details.

Legislative Updates

The Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its spring session on May 31st. None of the bills being followed that addressed condo owners’ privacy concerns regarding Section 19 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act (see  discussion) were brought to the floor for a vote. SB572 and HB5126 were re-referred to the Rules Committee and are unlikely to be brought up in the fall session. These bills (or others like them) will have to be re-introduced next January.

For Chicagoans, the good news is that HB4910 also went nowhere. That means the ordinance passed by the City Council on March 28th that established a “Home Rule” remains in effect. This substitute ordinance overrides the provision in Section 19 that condo associations must provide homeowners’ email addresses and phone numbers to any association member who asks for them. However, if owners in an association want to nullify this ordinance, they may do so with a two-thirds majority vote. It took effect on April 18. If you have any questions about the ordinance, please contact Jerry Goodman at