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.

24th District Community Alert
Seeking to Identify – Homicide Rogers Park

About the Crimes:
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is seeking to identify the subject pictured on the left in relation to recent homicides that occurred in the 24th District (Rogers Park). On Sunday, September 30, at approximately 10:07 a.m., the victim was walking his dog on the block of 1400 W. Sherwin Avenue when the offender approached him. The offender fatally shot the victim and fled westbound on Sherwin Avenue and then southbound in the west alley. The offender is described by witnesses as a black male, thin build, and wearing dark clothing. This same suspect is implicated in the murder of a second man on the lakefront path near Lunt Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1. Ballistics testing determined that the bullets came from the same gun.

What You Can Do:

  • Call 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity
  • Walk in pairs
  • Don’t talk to strangers or approach strange vehicles
  • Be aware of your surroundings and travel in well lit and populated areas

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8261. Click here to submit anonymous tips. Reference – RD# JB456724. CPD is offering a reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

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