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2019 Second Installment Property Tax Bills Mailed

The Cook County Treasurer's office has mailed out the 2019 Second Installment tax bills and has posed them online. Their website is You'll need your PIN (Property Index Number). You can look up your PIN using your address by visiting the Cook County Property Tax Portal website at

You should review your tax bill for correctness - have you received all the exemptions that you qualify for?

It is too late to appeal the 2019 Assessed Value that is reflected on the final tax bill.

The Second Installment is due August 3, but property owners can pay without any interest charge through October 1.

Property owners can start making partial payments to avoid one big payment on October 1.

Click this link for more information,

Missed Exemptions

You can file a "Certificate of Error" application for any missed Exemptions from years 2016-2019 (Homeowner, Sr., Sr. Freeze, etc.) online at This includes the current tax year of 2019 (payable in 2020). 
Click on the "Exemptions" tab, then the "Certificates of Error" tab. You'll need to upload a copy of your driver's license or state ID with this online submission.

If you'd prefer, you can print a hard copy application online, or I can email an application to you, then you can email me back the completed, signed form with a copy of your license or ID. I will submit your exemption application to the Assessor's office for processing.

For exemptions for tax year 2019, you'll receive an adjusted 2019 Second Installment tax bill reflecting your exemptions within one to two weeks after you've submitted your 2019 Certificate of Error exemption application.

For missed exemptions for years 2016-2018, you'll receive a refund check(s) via US mail in up to three months or so.

2020 Cook County Assessor Appeal - Decision letters to be mailed soon

The Cook County Assessor's office has not yet mailed out 2020 appeal decision letters for Evanston properties. The ETA is sometime in July, but no exact date has been provided. I will update this auto-reply email and my phone VM message once decisions are posted online and mailed out. You can check the status of your appeal by visiting the Assessor's website at; enter your PIN or address and then click on "Appeal History".

2020 Cook County BOR Appeal - Coming Soon

Your next opportunity to file a 2020 appeal will be with the Cook County Board of Review (BOR). The BOR will open sometime in July, but they have not yet announced opening dates. I will update this auto-reply email and my phone VM message once I know the BOR's estimated appeal opening date for Evanston properties and the procedure for helping homeowners to file appeals. You may also visit the BOR website at for updates.

You may also contact Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin's office at      (847) 864-1209 for general help with property tax related issues.

Cook County Assessor's office Announcements:

Released on June 11, 2020, regarding the automatic renewal of 3 property tax exemptions in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Released on April 14, 2020, regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Assessed Values:


Important Dates
An overview of important dates related to property taxes is attached below.

2020 Important Property Tax Dates - Updated on 4-13-2020

2019 Cook County Assessor Property Tax Appeal Seminar

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin hosted a Property Tax Appeal Seminar on March 21 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Video from the seminar is below. View the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting.

What We Do

The City of Evanston Property Tax Assessment Review Office acts as a taxpayer advocate for the residents of Evanston.  This Office does not actually assess property, rather it answers residents' questions and aids in exemption and appeal applications. The property assessment is done by the Cook County Assessor’s Office for all of Cook County.  The Cook County Assessor is permitted by law to use market values for the three years prior to the reassessment year in order to determine market value for any residential class of property in a specific area.

Available Services

  • Assistance with preparing appeals for the Cook County Assessor, (and Re-Review)
  • Assistance with preparing appeals for the Cook County Board of Review (and Re-Review)
    • We provide information about the various grounds for appeal
    •  We file appeals for you at your request

Cook County 

Cook County Assessor's office - Does all assessing in Cook County on a triennial basis; administers property exemptions (homeowner, senior, etc.); hears appeals from property owners.

Cook County Treasurer's office - Prepares all tax bills and collect all taxes. Taxes are collected in arrears; tax bills are issued in February (First Installment due March 1) and July  (Second Installment due August 1). These dates are subject to change.

Cook County Clerk's office - Applies levies from taxing bodies and applies those levies to the Assessed Value (AV) to calculate each property's tax liability; provides information on prior years delinquent taxes and handles the redemption process.

Cook County Board of Review office - Hears appeal from property owners (this is homeowner's second opportunity to appeal after the Cook County Assessor appeal); determines fair assessment.

Property Tax Bill Explanation

Contact Information
Property Tax Assessment Review Office
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Room G551Evanston, IL 60201 (currently not open to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Phone: 847-448-8168

Additional Resources

Skokie Phone: (847) 470-7237
Chicago Phone: (312) 443-7550 

Phone: (312) 443-5100 

Phone: (312) 603-5542

Phone: (312) 603-5656

Phone: (312) 603-5050


Springfield Phone: (217) 782-6076
Des Plaines Phone: (847) 294-4121




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