Scary Start of Month for Cook County Homeowners

October 31, 2011

Monday might be Halloween, but Tuesday is something much more frightening for Chicago real estate owners: Cook County property tax bills are due.

Yes, the due date for the second installment of your Cook County property tax bills for tax year 2010 is November 1.

The scariest part: Even though most property values have dropped over the past four years, many Cook County homeowners found an increase in this installment’s property tax bill.

If you don’t include your property taxes in your monthly mortgage payment, then you need to come up with the money by Tuesday. Payments received after Nov. 1 will be charged with a 1.5 percent penalty per month, and you don’t want to get stuck paying more than necessary!

Property owners can pay their Cook County property tax bills:

*Online at cookcountytreasurer.com

*At any Chase Bank

*By mail: To avoid penalty, your mailed payment must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1, 2011, but it doesn’t have to be there by that day. Send it to:


P.O. BOX 4488

CAROL STREAM, IL 60197-4488

Be sure to write your Property Index Number (PIN) and your property’s location on your check.

Senior Cook County property owners should check their tax bills before paying them: You might be eligible for a tax break, for which you must apply. Check out our story at Chicagoland Real Estate Forum.

Remember that you can appeal your property tax bill. To read about that, click here.

For more information on your Cook County property tax bill, visit cookcountytreasurer.com or call (312) 443-5100.

Then, try to have a good month.

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