Board of Review Opens Six Townships for Appeal

From the Office of Commissioner Dan Patlak…

CHICAGO– The Cook County Board of Review has announced dates for filing assessment appeal complaints for property owners in Barrington, Berwyn, Bremen, Calumet, Lakeview, and Evanston Townships. The filing dates for property assessment appeals begin on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and will end on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Property owners may appeal their assessments to the Board if they believe that their assessment is too high. A lawyer is not required to file an appeal on behalf of a residential property owner. Anyone interested in receiving an assessment appeal complaint form can call the Cook County Board of Review at 312-603-5542. Appeal complaint forms can also be picked up in person at the Board, 118 N. Clark in Chicago or printed from our website at

A limited number of appeal complaint forms are also available at local township Assessor offices and at Board of Review satellite offices located in county courthouses in Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Markham, Maywood and Bridgeview.

The Cook County Board of Review is a quasi-judicial agency responsible for adjudicating assessment appeals for all property in Cook County. The Board is run by three commissioners elected from separate geographic districts within the county. Last year the Board ruled on over 439,000 appeals. Commissioner Patlak is the newly elected commissioner from the 1st district. Fulfilling his promise to work full-time at the Board of Review, Commissioner Patlak is one of the most qualified individuals to ever occupy a Board seat. As a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, he is professionally trained in property valuation, having worked as an analyst at the Board for eight years and as a local Township Assessor in Wheeling Township. Patlak is also a licensed real estate broker.

Anyone interested in more information or with questions regarding the appeals process should call the Board at (312) 603-5542.

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