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Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. Holds Crucial Property Tax Appeal Forums with Lake and Hyde Park Township Elected Officials

Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. of the Cook County Board of Review, along with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressman Danny K. Davis, State Senator James T. Meeks, State Senator Mattie Hunter, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins, State Representative Robert Rita, State Representative Constance Howard, State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims, Cook County Commissioner Jerry Butler, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer, 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, 10th Ward Alderman John A. Pope, 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’ Shea, 21st Ward Alderman Howard A. Brookins, 34th Ward Alderman Carrie M. Austin, and the Housing Ministry of Trinity United Church of Christ will be holding several free property tax appeal community outreach forums throughout Lake and Hyde Park Township:

12/17/11 at 10:00 AM – 7th District Police Station (Community Room) – 1438 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL.
12/19/11 at 6:30 PM – Woodson Regional Library (Auditorium) – 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL.
12/20/11 at 7:00 PM – House of Hope – Salem Baptist Church (Main Lobby) – 752 E. 114th St., Chicago, IL
12/27/11 at 6:30 PM – Randolph Elementary School (Auditorium) – 7316 S. Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL.

These forums will consist of a presentation, where the function of the Cook County Board of Review, issues surrounding property tax assessed valuations, and the importance of filing a property tax assessment appeal will be discussed. After the presentation there will be a question and answer period, after which Board of Review staff will assist attendees with filling out assessed valuation appeal forms. Taxpayers are urged to please bring their tax bill to the events.

Commissioner Rogers has launched an aggressive community outreach campaign in response to the property tax crisis that residents across many communities of Cook County have been facing. He stated that “Through unemployment or underemployment, taxpayers are simply without the means to afford exorbitant tax bills.”

The Board of Review does not assess property, set tax rates, or collect taxes. There is no fee to file an appeal, and in most cases an attorney is not necessary. Board of Review complaint forms can be obtained at the office of Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. in the Cook County Building located at 118 N. Clark, Room 601, Chicago, IL 60602. They may also be found and filed on the Board of Review website at: www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. For further information about appealing your property taxes, you may contact Commissioner Rogers’ office at (312) 603-5540. Office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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