Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
Jerry Sadler , Assessor, C.I.A.O.
Staff: Julia Lipka, Chief Deputy Assessor, C.I.A.O.;
Kimberly Bless, Deputy Assessor; Barbara Raisanen; Linda Calvey;
Mary Sebastian, C.I.A.O.; Cathy Sloan; Jane Bernard, C.I.A.O
2019 Property Tax Bills
The Senior Freeze Exemption has been miscalculated on a large number of Property Tax Bills in Wheeling Township. If you notice your Freeze value is within the $200 range, and previously received the Freeze Exemption it is likely the bill is incorrect. Cook County Assessor is aware of the situation and will be issuing revised bills. Please call our office at 847-259-1515 or email email@example.com and have your Property Index Number available. We will review your information.
2019 Triennial Reassessment
Cook County Assessor reassesses properties every three years. This year Townships in the northwest suburbs, including Wheeling will be reassessed. Property owners will receive a letter in early July with the new assessed value, which will be reflected on the 2019 tax bill, payable in 2020. This value will remain in effect until the next Triennial, unless it is appealed (and reduced.)
Wheeling Township is tentatively scheduled to open in early July for appeals with the Cook County Assessor. The filing period is 30 days, check the Assessor website for updates as the opening date may change.
For assistance with an online appeal email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the Property Index number in the subject line and name and address in the email. We will research your property and send a list of possible comparable properties and instructions for an appeal at www.cookcountyassessor.com.
A hard copy of the appeal is available in our office for completion prior to the open date. These will be delivered to the County at the end of the appeal period.
If Assessed Value is lowered, the new assessed value will be reflected on the 2019 2nd Installment tax bill issued in 2020.
2018 TAX BILLS
2018 second installment tax bills will be mailed in July, with payment due in August. Please remember the first installment is 55% of the 2017 bill. Exemptions are deducted from the second installment.
Please check your bill carefully. If an exemption is missing, a Certificate of Error form is available on the Cook County Assessor website www.cookcountyassessor.com or in our office. Send this form along with a copy of your tax bill and ID at the property address to:
Cook County Assessor 118 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60602
If you pay the taxes and this form is submitted before receiving the tax bill, a revised bill will be mailed to you a few weeks after receipt of the original. If a mortgage company pays the bill, you will receive a refund.
Payments can be made free of charge with a bank debit at www.cookcountytreasurer.com. You can also pay at any Chase Bank or by mail.
Cook County has increased the exemption amounts as of tax year 2017.
The homeowner exemption is $10,000 off the EAV or 10,000 X the local tax rate.
The senior exemption is $8,000 off the EAV or 8,000 X the local tax rate.
The county has increased the income limitation allowing up to $65,000 gross household income from the previous income tax year. The senior freeze is a minimum $2,000 off the EAV - or 2,000 X the local tax rate. Therefore, all seniors who qualify based on their household income will see a reduction.
Under current law SENIOR EXEMPTIONS MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR. Anyone who received a senior exemption on their property in the past and still qualifies for the exemption must submit a renewal form each year. The Cook County Assessor's Office mails senior citizen renewal applications for senior citizen property tax exemptions in early January.
If you file after the deadline, your exemptions will not appear on the tax bill. If a mortgage company pays the full amount, you will receive a refund. If you are responsible for the tax bill, a revised bill will be mailed a few weeks after receipt of the original. Please note the bill is due on the original due date, even if a revised bill is not received.
Eligibility for Senior Citizen Exemptions (Born in 1953 or Earlier)
There are two senior citizen property tax exemptions:
- The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces the Equalized Assessed Value on your 2nd Installment bill by $8,000. That can equate into a savings of $500 or more annually on the property tax bill.
EVEN IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE SENIOR FREEZE fill out the FRONT of the form to renew your senior exemption.
2. Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined gross income of all occupants in a senior's household is less than $65,000 (for income tax year 2017), and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since January 1, 2017. The senior freeze does not freeze the total amount due each year. It freezes the total assessed value. You are still subject to the state equalizer and local tax rate changing each year.
Exemptions can only be taken on one property, and that must be the owner's principal residence. One senior/senior freeze exemption per household is permitted. If you have questions, need a form or help in completing the form, please contact us at 847-259-1515, or visit the Wheeling Township Assessor's office. We ask that you always have the 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN) available when you call or visit with any property tax questions. The PIN can be found at the top of your property tax bill.
Homeowners who were born in 1953 and turned sixty-five in 2018 do not receive senior application forms when the senior renewal forms are mailed. A first-time applicant must complete the 2018 Homeowner/Senior Exemption application or the 2018 Senior Freeze application and attach a copy of the most recent property tax bill and a current driver's license or a valid Illinois State I.D. at the address of the subject property. The forms are available online at www.cookcountyassessor.com or from our office. They can be mailed to the address on the form or dropped at our office for forwarding to the Cook County Assessor's office.
DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION
Veterans with 30%-49% service connected disability receive $2,500 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV).
Veterans with 50%-69% service connected disability receive $5,000 reduction in the EAV.
Veterans with 70% or more service connected disability are completely exempt from property taxation on their primary residence UP TO A 250,000 EAV.
The Disabled Persons' Homeowner Exemption provides an annual $2,000 reduction in the EAV of the property. The property must have been owned and occupied on January 1 of the assessment year by a disabled person who is liable for the payment of property taxes.
We offer the following services to residents of Wheeling Township:
- Assistance with the Filing of Assessment Appeals through the Cook County Assessor's Office and Cook County Board of Review
- Application for and verification of Homeowner's, Senior, Senior Freeze, Disabled Veterans, and Disabled Persons Homestead Exemptions
- Assistance with filing for Real Estate Tax Refunds (Certificates of Error)
- Provide property index numbers (PIN) as required by local municipal variance applications
- Information and Assistance with Use of Relevant Cook County Real Estate Internet Sites, i.e. Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Treasurer, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Cook County Clerk
- Assistance with Name and Address Changes for the Cook County Treasurer's Office and Property Location Changes for the Cook County Assessor's Office
- Processing of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy with the Cook County Assessor for Entry on Tax Rolls
- Maintain current Real Estate Sales Transfer Declarations
- Free Notarization for property tax-related forms
- Provide forms for division and consolidation applications
Township Assessors do not assess property in Cook County. The Cook County Township Assessors including Wheeling Township are not funded or controlled by the County Assessor. Assessment levels for all properties are set by the Cook County Assessor. The Wheeling Township Office cooperates with the Cook County Assessor's Office in order to assist the taxpayer - you. We serve as your Taxpayer Advocate.
The Cook County Assessor is required by law to identify and assign fair market values to all properties in Cook County. The County Assessor does not set taxes, mail bills or collect taxes. The County Assessor is responsible only for estimating the value of your property, which determines your assessed valuation.
This site provides an overview of property tax information for any property within Cook County and serves as a "portal" into related sites.
This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's (Fritz Kaegi) office, which is responsible for assessing all property in Cook County. You can use this site to look up the assessment and characteristics of your property as well as the other 1.8 million parcels of property in the county. That information can be used as evidence in your assessment appeal at the County Assessor's Office, Board of Review and Property Tax Appeal Board. The county Assessor's site also contains information about property exemptions.
This site will tell you how to file an assessment appeal at the Board of Review.
Cook County Treasurer's website allows you to check the status of your property tax bill, download a duplicate copy, and pay online (no fee). Information is also available on name and address changes, refunds, exemptions and tax dates.
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds site can be used to look up information about property transactions, deeds and mortgages.
The state of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) site will provide information on how to file an assessment appeal at PTAB. ***ALERT*** Be advised that you may only file an appeal at PTAB if you have previously filed an appeal at the Cook County Board of Review for the tax year in question.
Find information on redemption of delinquent property taxes that have been sold. Learn how the Clerk's office calculates tax rates based on tax levies. This site will also give you information on how to get legal descriptions of parcels and copies of tax maps.