Commissioner Dan Patlak

Commissioner Dan Patlak Cook County Board of Review Commissioner (1 of 3). Empowering taxpayers through communication and education. First elected into office in 2010, I am currently serving my third term as Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review.

Prior Background: 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 Kluzinski 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 fifteen year old son Teddy.

11/16/2020

The following Townships are now open for appeal through December 15: Cicero, Lakeview, Lyons, Maine, Orland & Schaumburg

11/02/2020

The following Townships are Now Open for Appeal: Barrington, Elk Grove, Leyden, New Trier & Wheeling thru 12/2

Join me Thursday, September 3, for an assessment appeal webinar for residents of Barrington, Maine, New Trier, Norwood P...
09/01/2020
Appealing your Assessment at the Cook County Board of Review

Join me Thursday, September 3, for an assessment appeal webinar for residents of Barrington, Maine, New Trier, Norwood Park, Schaumburg, Wheeling and Worth Townships. 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM. Learn how to file a successful appeal from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Commissioner Dan Patlak presents an in depth and clear explanation of how to navigate the Cook County Property Assessment Appeal process.

This Thursday, 8/20! I will be presenting another Assessment Appeal Webinar for residents of Riverside and River Forest ...
08/18/2020
Appealing your Assessment at the Cook County Board of Review

This Thursday, 8/20! I will be presenting another Assessment Appeal Webinar for residents of Riverside and River Forest Townships seeking to appeal their 2020 assessments.
11:00AM & 6:00PM Click below to register! These townships close for appeal August 28th!

Commissioner Dan Patlak presents an in depth and clear explanation of how to navigate the Cook County Property Assessment Appeal process.

My Letter to the Editor published last Friday on how the BOR has continued to successfully operated during this unforese...
05/04/2020
Letter To Our Editor: Work Continues At Board Of Review | Journal & Topics Media Group

My Letter to the Editor published last Friday on how the BOR has continued to successfully operated during this unforeseen pandemic:

As one of three commissioners at the Cook County Board of Review, I would like to take a moment to provide a brief update on operations at the Board amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without the advanced technology now in use by the Board of Review, most state, county and local government offices have severely scaled back their operations while the Board of Review has offered a stark contrast by diligently continuing its work for the people of Cook County. Board services have operated uninterrupted, and thanks to the work ethic of our staff, the hardworking people of Cook County have continued to receive results of their 2019 tax year property tax appeals in a timely manner.

On Monday, March 16 during a morning conference call with heads of every county office and department, President Toni Preckwinkle announced that due to the coronavirus, the county building would be closed. Commissioners Larry Rogers Jr., Mike Cabonargi and myself anticipated a week earlier that this might be the eventual decision and put in place a contingency plan to ensure the continuity of the work of the Board. That same afternoon, each commissioner’s staff of analysts met with their supervisors and received instructions that they were to take home their laptop computers, docking stations and monitors. Pre-packaged kits of tech supplies were made available to those who needed them. Instructions on how to connect with the county VPN were given as well, along with information about who to contact if they had any difficulties getting set-up.

By Tuesday morning, 90% of Board analysts were up adjudicating appeal files in their homes and by Wednesday morning every analyst was working at full capacity. That week, the Board as a whole completed over 14,000 appeal files, an amount at the high end of production in the best of circumstances. That production has only increased in the weeks following. While technological difficulties did crop up for individual analysts from time to time, they were quickly addressed by Board management and tech staff.

The fact that the Board of Review has continued operating at full capacity during the shut-down is testament to the implementation of our award-winning Digital Appeals Processing System (DAPS) five years earlier and subsequent upgrades made to it each year thereafter. Not only did the DAPS make it possible to process a record number of appeals, it also provided the flexibility to Board management to allow our employees to work from home. This has included not only analysts but also human resources, payroll, scheduling, IT, balancing personnel and taxpayer services returning phone calls and e-mails from appellants.

As things stand today, the Board of Review is on schedule to finish adjudicating its record 253,000 appeals on or before our originally anticipated date of May 10.

Dan Patlak

Commissioner

Board of Review

Editor, Journal: As one of three commissioners at the Cook County Board of Review, I would like to take a moment to provide a brief update on operations at the Board amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Withou

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak (left) congratulates staff analyst Dominic Catrambone, of Orland Par...
02/03/2020
Photo: Certified, recognized

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak (left) congratulates staff analyst Dominic Catrambone, of Orland Park, on earning his Illinois Assessing Officer designation from the Illinois Property Assessment!

Orland Parker earns special designation for assessors in Illinois

FIRST INSTALLMENT TAX BILLS ARE DUE MARCH 3, 2020    First installment property tax bills for tax year 2019 are being ma...
01/27/2020
Cook County Treasurer's Office - Chicago, Illinois

FIRST INSTALLMENT TAX BILLS ARE DUE MARCH 3, 2020

First installment property tax bills for tax year 2019 are being mailed out the last week of January. Property taxes are paid in two installments. The first installment is fifty-five percent (55%) of a property's total tax bill for the previous year, and will be due on March 3, 2020.

Taxpayers should note that first installment tax bills will not reflect homeowner, senior citizen or other exemptions, nor will they reflect the impact of successful assessment appeals filed for tax year 2019. Exemptions and successful appeals will instead appear on second installment bills, along with the effect of changes in the tax levies of local governments.
Total tax bills for the year should be calculated by late June, at which time second installment bills will be issued. The amount due on the second installment will be the total annual tax bill for each property, less the first installment payment.

Details about Paying Taxes

Property owners who do not have mortgage companies paying their taxes can make tax payments in person, by mail, or online at the Cook County Treasurer’s web site, www.cookcountytreasurer.com.

Those wishing to pay in person can do so at the Cook County Treasurer’s downtown office at 118 N. Clark Street and at any Chase Bank in the Chicago area. For questions regarding paying your property tax bill, please call the Cook County Treasurer’s Office at 312.443.5100.

Cook County Government will celebrate 190 years in January 2021. All County residents currently attending high school (g...
01/24/2020
FLAG2021 | CookCountyIL.gov

Cook County Government will celebrate 190 years in January 2021. All County residents currently attending high school (grades 9–12) are encouraged to help design the new County flag, or #FLAG2021.

The winning design will be the official banner of Cook County Government, flown in all County operated locations and raised above Daley Plaza next January in a ceremony marking the introduction of #FLAG2021. Click below for more information!

GEOGRAPHY: Consider any or all of the following—the Forest Preserve, Lake Michigan, the rivers which run throughout the County and feed the lake. There are six main geographic regions of the County–the City of Chicago is the County seat (capital) and the five suburban regions (North, Northwest, ...

01/15/2020

NEW TAX LAW ELMINATES PAPERWORK FOR SOME SENIORS

Senior citizens no longer must file renewal forms for one of the two property tax exemptions available to them. A new law taking effect this year eliminates the annual renewal requirement for the Senior Exemption, but remains in place for the Senior Freeze.

The Senior Exemption is available to all homeowners sixty-five years of age or older, regardless of income. Under the new law, property owners who received the Senior Exemption last year will have it automatically renewed this year.

New Senior Citizens
Homeowners who were born in 1954 would have turned sixty-five in 2019, and thus will likely be eligible for the senior exemptions for the first time this year. Although the new law automatically renews the exemptions of those who received the Senior Exemption last year, new seniors will have to apply for the exemption this year. Forms can be found on the Cook County Assessor’s website

Exemption Eligibility Rules
The Senior Exemption provides tax savings if an owner of a property was born in 1954 or earlier, and used the property as a principal residence in 2019.

Senior Freeze
The Senior Freeze provides additional tax savings for low- to moderate-income seniors, but it must be applied for annually, as incomes can change from year to year. Any senior who received the Freeze last year should receive a renewal application in the mail the week of January 13, and must return it by February 13, 2020. Forms can be found on the Cook County Assessor’s website.

Exemption Eligibility Rules
The Senior Freeze provides seniors with additional savings if the combined income of all members of the household is less than $65,000 and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2018.

The eligibility requirements described above are for the 2019 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2020. The savings from these exemptions will appear on second installment tax bills that will likely be mailed in late June, 2020.

Seniors eligible for the Freeze for the first time. If the senior qualifies for the Senior Freeze this year but did not last year, a Freeze application will have to be completed. Seniors in this situation will not get a Freeze application in the mail, but can obtain an application from the Cook County Assessor's website.

For more information on exemptions, please call the Cook County Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550.

01/14/2020
www.cookcountyassessor.com

NEW TAX LAW ELMINATES PAPERWORK FOR SOME SENIORS

Senior citizens no longer must file renewal forms for one of the two property tax exemptions available to them. A new law taking effect this year eliminates the annual renewal requirement for the Senior Exemption, but remains in place for the Senior Freeze.

The Senior Exemption is available to all homeowners sixty-five years of age or older, regardless of income. Under the new law, property owners who received the Senior Exemption last year will have it automatically renewed this year.

New Senior Citizens
Homeowners who were born in 1954 would have turned sixty-five in 2019, and thus will likely be eligible for the senior exemptions for the first time this year. Although the new law automatically renews the exemptions of those who received the Senior Exemption last year, new seniors will have to apply for the exemption this year. Forms can be found on the Cook County Assessor’s website

Exemption Eligibility Rules
The Senior Exemption provides tax savings if an owner of a property was born in 1954 or earlier, and used the property as a principal residence in 2019.

Senior Freeze
The Senior Freeze provides additional tax savings for low- to moderate-income seniors, but it must be applied for annually, as incomes can change from year to year. Any senior who received the Freeze last year should receive a renewal application in the mail the week of January 13, and must return it by February 13, 2020. Forms can be found on the Cook County Assessor’s website.

Exemption Eligibility Rules
The Senior Freeze provides seniors with additional savings if the combined income of all members of the household is less than $65,000 and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2018.

The eligibility requirements described above are for the 2019 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2020. The savings from these exemptions will appear on second installment tax bills that will likely be mailed in late June, 2020.

Seniors eligible for the Freeze for the first time. If the senior qualifies for the Senior Freeze this year but did not last year, a Freeze application will have to be completed. Seniors in this situation will not get a Freeze application in the mail, but can obtain an application from the Cook County Assessor's website.

For more information on exemptions, please call the Cook County Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550.

12/19/2019

Tonight! I'll be presenting an appeal seminar at St. Eugene School, 7930 W. Foster, Shaunessy Center, Chicago, 6:00pm, for residents of Jefferson Township seeking to appeal their 2019 assessments. No registration required.

12/18/2019

Tonight! My office is holding an appeal seminar at the Richton Park Village Hall, 6:00 pm, for residents of Rich Township seeking to appeal their 2019 property assessments. No registration required. Rich Township is open for appeal through January 8, 2020.

12/17/2019

The following townships close for appeal tonight: Hyde Park, Leyden, Proviso, West Chicago, Worth

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County Building, 118 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
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I submitted an appeal to the board of review and it was just recently rejected. As I was going through the information by the three analysts on line, I have to ask why was the information I provided ignored? I spent time researching and I felt I had provided solid evidence yet none of the three analysts used the information I provided. Trying to contact someone at the downtown site is often mission impossible. I would appreciate some feedback as I feel as an overburdened, senior citizen it is getting to the point where it has become too expensive to live not only in this county but the state!
Ill get you 150 signatures Dan.
Ill get you 150 signatures, Dan..
Property taxes are destroying the traditional right to own property for the four southern counties of Cook County. The rest of Cook County is rapidly being pulled into the same condition as businesses of all dimensions are evacuating a tax system that destroys the basis of making a living. And the answer by our formal leaders: Appeal your taxes.
Interesting morning with the Realtors at Home Smart in Arlington Heights. Lots of good information and questions. Thanks Donna Dugan and Bill Flemming!
Spent this morning with the Realtors at Home Smart Connect in Arlington Heights. It was a lively session with lots of questions. Thanks Donna Dugan!
Commissioner Patlak was at the Edgebrook Coldwell Banker Office on Devon Avenue in Chicago on Thursday 7/13. Thanks Susan Swift for hosting us.