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Jefferson Township Spotlight: Cook County and Property Taxes

All properties in Cook County are reassessed on a triennial schedule. Every three years, the new valuations – along with appeals, exemptions, local tax levies, and assessments of nearby properties – determine the amount of future property tax bills.

The Assessor’s Office, the Board of Review, the Cook County Clerk, and the Cook County Treasurer all play a role in the property tax system.

Cook County Townships

For the purposes of reassessment scheduling, the thirty townships within Cook County are divided into three groups:

  • North and Northwest suburbs
  • South and Southwest suburbs
  • City of Chicago

Townships provide a set of core services to their respective residents that are financed by property tax revenue. These services usually include road maintenance, issuance of building permits, processing of tax exemption applications, and social programs.

City of Chicago

The townships of Hyde Park, Jefferson, Lake, Lakeview, North Chicago, Rogers Park, West Chicago, and South Chicago all fall into the City of Chicago grouping.

These townships were reassessed in 2015 and 2018. They will be reassessed again in 2021.

Jefferson Township

This township is made up of many different neighborhoods. Jefferson Township includes

  • Jefferson Park
  • North Park
  • Albany Park
  • Irving Park
  • Avondale
  • Hermosa
  • Belmont-Cragin
  • Montclare
  • Logan Square
  • Portage Park
  • Sections of Logan Square, Norridge, Norwood Park, and Harwood Heights

Jefferson Township is home to the Copernicus Civic and Cultural Center, Ed Paschke Art Center, Gift Theatre Company, and the largest Polish festival in the United States.

The Taste of Polonia festival is a major annual attraction with live bands, cultural performances, and authentic Polish cuisine. It has even drawn major political figures, such as former President George H.W. Bush who hosted the festival twice.

The Jefferson Park neighborhood is nicknamed “The Gateway to Chicago” due to its status as a major transportation hub- another one of many features that make this township stand out!

The Logan Square Neighborhood’s architectural charm is largely due to its Greystone and courtyard apartment buildings that line the streets alongside stately single-family homes.

Palmer Square is the perfect place to visit to get a sense of the pulse of the neighborhood. The park has been around since the 1870s and remains a popular place for locals to gather.

Property taxes unappealing? We can help!

Appealing your property taxes is one way to ensure that the amount you pay is fair whether you live in the north/northwest suburbs, south/southwest suburbs, or in the City of Chicago.

At present, Illinois is second only to New Jersey with the highest effective property tax rates in the United States. A 2020 study found that some Chicago area homeowners pay twice the national average in property taxes for a similarly valued home. Moreover, property tax hikes are slated for 2021.

Appeal.Tax can prepare your property tax appeal and handle it from start to finish. We understand local appeal procedures to help homeowners avoid being overburdened with property taxes.

Appeal.Tax has no fee unless a reduction is obtained. And we only charge a small portion of the overall tax savings secured. 

Since 2015, we’ve saved Illinois property owners over $100 million in reduced property taxes.

Contact Appeal.Tax today to discuss your Association, residential, or commercial property tax appeal. Tax Attorney Timothy Jacobs can be reached at 847-777-7270 or