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River Forest is open for Assessment appeals with the Cook County Assessor

River Forest Township is open for assessment appeals with the Cook County Assessor till May 21st, 2021. Assessment appeals are filed on-line at the Cook County Assessor's website: cookcountyassessor.com.

We can assist you in finding comparable properties and with directions on how to file on-line. Please call 708-366-2787 or email us at: assessor@riverforesttownship.org. We will need your name, address and phone number. If you call, leave your phone number twice, please speak slowly and clearly. We will create an appeal packet for you.


Exemptions
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions will automatically renew for tax year 2020. In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of households will receive a letter that confirms the auto-renewal of the exemptions placed on their home. For households who need to apply or reapply, applications will be made available by early February.

How can a property owner see which exemptions were applied to their home last year?
Check the Cook County Portal website, then review the Exemption History and Status section.

Exemptions that automatically renew for tax year 2020.

  • Homeowner Exemption
  • Senior Exemption
  • Senior Freeze Exemption
  • Persons with Disabilities Exemption
  • Veterans with Disabilities Exemption
  • Home Improvement Exemption
More information and applications for a new exemptions can be found here:
Property Tax Exemptions | Cook County Assessor's Office


Property Tax Bills
The first installment tax bills have been posted to the Cook County Treasurer’s Website: cookcountytreasurer.com. The first installment is always 55% of the total previous year’s tax bill. It is due Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Due to COVID-19 they have waved late payment penalties for two months. All assessment changes due to the triennial reassessment and all exemptions will be taken into account on your second installment tax bill. Tax bills may be paid on-line at cookcountytreasurer.com OR at Chase Bank OR by sending a check to the Cook County Treasurer.


Two-month Waiver of Property Tax Late Fees in 2021

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021.

Here is a link to Maria Papas' press release:
Cook County Treasurer's Office - Chicago, Illinois


Cook County Assessor's Office Announces Changes to Assessments and Appeals Due to COVID-19

Pappas: Auction of delinquent Cook County property taxes postponed indefinitely

Cook County's Assessor's Office Suspends Appeal Deadlines due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Township Assessor
Pamela Kende, Assessor:
P: 708.366.2787
E: assessor@riverforesttownship.org
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Our office is currently closed to the public but we are here to assist you. You may call our office at 708-366-2787. Please leave your name, address, phone number twice, and concern. Please speak slowly and clearly and have patience during this very busy time.


The Township Assessor serves as the local liaison with the Cook County Assessor office. The River Forest Township Assessor's Office acts as a tax payer advocate for local residents in the Cook County property tax system. With almost 1.8 million parcels in Cook County, assessments are determined triennially through a mass appraisal system by the Cook County Assessor. Our goal is to educate our taxpayers and to provide assistance and as they navigate the Cook County residential property system. The Township Assessor's Office provides a multitude of services related to residential properties including:

  • Assessed valuation complaints or appeals with the Cook County Assessor and Cook County Board of Review
  • Exemption applications
  • Property characteristic descriptions
  • Seminars on property assessments during appeal periods
  • Name and address changes on property tax bills

Press Releases

Release date: April 14, 2020
Cook County Assessor's Office Announces Changes to Assessments and Appeals Due to COVID-19

Release date: February 2020
River Forest Township Assessor: Triennial Property Assessments Notices Coming in the US Postal Mail Soon

Release date: February 2020
SURVIVING SPOUSE TAX ABATEMENT

Release date: January 16, 2020
NEW TAX LAW ELIMINATES PAPERWORK FOR SOME SENIORS

Release date: January 16, 2020
SENIOR CITIZENS SEEKING TAX RELIEF CAN DEFER UP TO $5,000 IN PROPERTY TAXES THIS YEAR

Release date: September 24, 2020
ATTENTION: 60,000 HOMEOWNERS SHOULD UPDATE THEIR MAILING ADDRESS AT COOKCOUNTYTREASURER.COM


































 
   
 
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