Wheeling Township Assessor’s Office
Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
Jerry Sadler , Assessor, C.I.A.O.
Staff: Jane Bernard Chief Deputy Assessor, C.I.A.O., Mary Sebastian Deputy Assessor, C.I.A.O.,Cathy Sloan, Jane Cazel C.I.A.O. and Gail Washco
THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW HAS OPENED WHEELING TOWNSHIPFOR 2013 ASSESSED VALUATION APPEALS: NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – DECEMBER 3, 2013
2013 is a triennial reassessment year. As a result, the Cook County Assessor’s office mailed 2013 assessment notices to all property owners in Wheeling Township in July. The deadline to file a 2013 assessment appeal with the Cook County Assessor’s office was August 14, 2013. Homeowners who missed that deadline can still file an appeal with the Cook County Board of Review. The Board has improved the assessment appeal process. Using the property index number, homeowners can file online at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com anytime in advance of the 30-day appeal window or during the 30-day appeal window that will be set by the Cook County Board of Review. The online pre-registration and appeal application processes both give the homeowner the option to request a hearing. However, you do not have to appear at the Cook County Board of Review. The Board will review your assessment for uniformity with like properties regardless. If you choose to send supporting data for the appeal, that can be mailed to the Board of Review’s Chicago address during the 30-day appeal window using the appeal number given to you upon filing.
We are available to provide information, direction and assistance on filing an appeal. Please have your property index number available when you visit or call our office at 847-259-1515. The Cook County Board of Review maintains branch offices at both the Rolling Meadows and Skokie Circuit Courthouse buildings.
ERRONEOUS PROPERTY TAX HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS
In accordance with recent Illinois Property Tax Code legislation, the Cook County Assessor‘s Office is administering a program to ensure that taxpayers are not receiving homestead exemptions on multiple properties. By law, homestead exemptions of any kind are to be given to the taxpayer on only one property. That property must be the principal residence of the taxpayer. Taxpayers who are taking erroneous property tax homestead exemptions will be subject to arrearage payments to include interest and penalties and civil or criminal prosecution. However, in accord with amendment to the Illinois Property Tax Code adding Section 9-275, effective June 1, 2013, the Cook County Assessor has established an amnesty period for all taxpayers owing any amount due to an erroneous homestead exemption granted in a tax year prior to the 2013 tax year. The amnesty period will run from June 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. To take advantage of the amnesty, the taxpayer must: 1) present himself or herself in person to the Office of the Cook County Assessor and affirmatively give notice that he or she received a specific erroneous homestead exemption in a specific previous assessment year and allow the amount of arrearages to be calculated and 2) pay all arrearages due to the Cook County Treasurer. The Cook County Assessor’s office can be reached at 312-443-7550 and is located at 118 N. Clark Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Illinois.
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, Long-Time Occupancy, Senior, Senior Freeze, Returning 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 thirty Cook County Township Assessors including Wheeling Township are not funded or controlled by the County Assessor. Assessment levels for all property are set by the Cook County Assessor. Your 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.
In addition, you can be assisted in filing for residential and commercial property appeals.
Understanding Your Assessment
Guide for Homeowners
- How Your Property’s Assessment is Determined
- Appealing Your Assessment
- What to do about High Property Taxes
- There are Four Property Tax Exemptions Available to Property Owners
- The Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program
This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's (Jim Houlihan) 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.
The Treasurer's web site allows you to check the status of your property tax bill payments as well as directing you where and how to pay your tax bill. Information is also available on refunds, services for senior, 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.