Have you ever appealed property taxes on any property you own? If so, what was the outcome?

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The home owner's association of our condo appealed property tax assessments for all the building's residents. The residents take no part in that process.

I personally appealed our taxes twice. The first time in the mid-90s on our 2 bedroom, 1500 sq.ft ranch. I appealed directly to the county and won a small reduction. I simply filled out the paperwork and went before the board myself. The second time I appealed our taxes in 2009. Again, I did the appeal myself and went straight to the county for the appeal. We had just expanded our current home. The assessor had completely inaccurate information on the square footage, the value of the addition (I had all the receipts on the cost - real cost is a determinate in the valuation of new property), the amount of finished space and more. We received a reduction but it was still overvalued based on an independent appraisal.

Yes, and the reassessments were approved.

I own two pieces of property, one in Burr Ridge and one in Berwyn. The latter is a business property. I have appealed my assessments many times over the past 30 years and have received small decreases most of the time. The lawyers take 50% and I have probably achieved a savings in the range of $6,000 to 8,000 per property over the past 30 years.

Yes, I have appealed my property taxes on my home where I was over assessed compared to my neighbors. I ended up paying more in property taxes even after the appeal was completed. As the head of the Merchandise Mart and the Wolf Point development, I had a fiduciary duty to appeal assessments on those properties to obtain the fairest tax rate for those properties.

No, I have never appealed property taxes on any property I own. Our property tax appeals system is riddled with loopholes and secretive processes that line the pockets of the the wealthy and well-connected while middle-class families like mine pay the price. All too often, I see politicians and candidates, both Democrat and Republican, take advantage of the system for personal gain — and that's not right. I refuse to appeal my property taxes because I worry that I would get special treatment due to my role as a legislator. I refuse to take a tax break at the expense of other middle-class and working families.

I personally appealed our taxes twice. The first time in the mid-90s on our 2 bedroom, 1500 sq.ft ranch. I appealed directly to the county and won a small reduction. I simply filled out the paperwork and went before the board myself. The second time I appealed our taxes in 2009. Again, I did the appeal myself and went straight to the county for the appeal. We had just expanded our current home. The assessor had completely inaccurate information on the square footage, the value of the addition (I had all the receipts on the cost - real cost is a determinate in the valuation of new property), the amount of finished space and more. We received a reduction but it was still overvalued based on an independent appraisal.

Yes, and the reassessments were approved.

I own two pieces of property, one in Burr Ridge and one in Berwyn. The latter is a business property. I have appealed my assessments many times over the past 30 years and have received small decreases most of the time. The lawyers take 50% and I have probably achieved a savings in the range of $6,000 to 8,000 per property over the past 30 years.

Yes, I have appealed my property taxes on my home where I was over assessed compared to my neighbors. I ended up paying more in property taxes even after the appeal was completed. As the head of the Merchandise Mart and the Wolf Point development, I had a fiduciary duty to appeal assessments on those properties to obtain the fairest tax rate for those properties.

No, I have never appealed property taxes on any property I own. Our property tax appeals system is riddled with loopholes and secretive processes that line the pockets of the the wealthy and well-connected while middle-class families like mine pay the price. All too often, I see politicians and candidates, both Democrat and Republican, take advantage of the system for personal gain — and that's not right. I refuse to appeal my property taxes because I worry that I would get special treatment due to my role as a legislator. I refuse to take a tax break at the expense of other middle-class and working families.