Civic Federation Property Tax Primers

The Cook County property tax system is very complex and difficult to understand. To help educate the public about the tax process and hold elected officials accountable, the Civic Federation has prepared a series of primers about the various processes and associated governmental bodies that manage the Cook County property tax system. Also located on this page is a link to all Civic Federation research about property taxes, including blog posts and budget analyses.

Appeals

Cook County Property Tax Appeals: A Primer on the Appeals Process with Comparative Data for 2000-2008, published on November 17, 2009

Assessment and Exemptions

The Cook County Property Assessment Process: A Primer on Assessment, Classification, Equalization and Property Tax Exemptions, published on April 5, 2010

Rates, Extensions and TIF

The Cook County Property Tax Extension Process: A Primer on Levies, Tax Caps, and the Effect of Tax Increment Financing Districts, updated on September 7, 2011

Tax Principles

The Cook County Property Tax System and Fundamental Principles of Taxation: A Primer that Applies Fundamental Tax Principles to the Cook County Property Tax System, published on November 22, 2010

The Civic Federation's Position on the Cook County Property Tax System

Civic Federation Position on the Cook County Property Tax System, published on December 20, 2010


Click here to read additional Civic Federation research about property tax issues.

Click here to browse through the Civic Federation's blog posts about property tax and tax increment financing issues.