Statement from Governor Rauner on Property Tax Bills

Governor Rauner issued the following statement as many homeowners throughout Illinois face a deadline today to pay property taxes: "Illinois residents are being hit with record property tax increases in communities all around the state even though they already pay the highest property taxes in the nation.

Governor Announces Appointments

Currently, Karahalios is the Chief Legal Counsel and Sworn Deputy Treasurer in the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. He oversees the compliance of state statutes and county ordinances on real estate tax collection and coordinates litigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Governor Quinn Signs Property Tax Relief Law

CHICAGO - April 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will reduce property tax bills for seniors across Illinois. Senate Bill 1894 raises the senior homestead exemption from $4,000 to $5,000 – potentially saving seniors up to more than $200 annually. This new exemption for seniors takes effect for Cook County this year

Important Tax Deadline for Seniors this Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- If you’re 65 years old or older and you live in Cook County, there’s an important property tax deadline for you coming up this Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Hiring of Veterans and Grow Jobs in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL - July 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will help more Illinois Veterans find employment following their service to our country, an important measure he proposed during his State of the State address in February.

Governor Quinn Signs Major Property Tax Legislation to Benefit Millions of Illinois Homeowners

CHICAGO, IL - August 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- August 1, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to reform property assessments for millions of Illinois homeowners and provide property tax relief for Cook County residents.

Governor Quinn Introduces Homeowner’s Property Tax Relief Initiative of 2010

CHICAGO, IL - May 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled legislation that will provide extensive and much-needed property tax relief to millions of taxpayers while also pressing for greater citizen participation and openness in the tax assessment process.

State pays nearly $78,000 to Illinois homeowners hurt by American Escrow closure

CHICAGO, IL - November 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Thirty-four Illinois homeowners were made whole this month when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) repaid all the money lost from their escrow funds earlier this year. The homeowners were in default for taxes and insurance coverage after Chicago-based American Escrow, LLC went out of business without making the obligatory property tax and insurance payments from their escrow accounts.


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Make Your Garage Door Quieter

How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!