Letter from Commissioner Dan Patlak
After graduating from Valparaiso University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, I began my professional career as a real estate Broker in the near north suburbs of Chicago in 1986 and continued in that capacity until 1995. I am a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) and have been a member of the National and Illinois Realtors Associations for more than twenty years.
As a volunteer coordinator for Citizens Against Government Waste from 1992 to 1994 I organized “Taxpayer Action Day Rallies” in successive years at the Kluczynski Federal Building and the Daley Plaza to draw attention to wasteful government spending. I also testified before the Cook County Board in opposition to the original $.75 county sales tax.
I was employed at the Cook County Board of Review from January 1999 to December 2006. I served as a property assessment appeal analyst for Commissioner Maureen Murphy specializing in residential, commercial apartment and exempt properties. In addition, I represented the Board of Review at over 500 Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) oral hearings. Maureen Murphy’s office conducted over 300 Property Assessment Appeal Seminars during her eight years in office. I served as her surrogate speaker at more than 60 of those seminars. I also served as Murphy’s Public Information Officer fielding media inquiries, writing letters to the editor, arranging press conferences, scheduling public appearances and helping write the Board’s Annual Report.
After completing advanced courses in property appraisal required to become a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, I was elected Assessor of Wheeling Township in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. I am a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers. I was also an elected Board Member of East Maine School District #63 in the mid-90’s.
I am a member of the National Taxpayers Union, St. Joseph the Worker Church and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. I reside in the Village of Wheeling with my wife Dulce and my twelve year old son Teddy.
We are committed to the highest level of professional service to you. As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any comments or questions.
Commissioner Dan Patlak