Feb 22nd 2018

Whether you own a home, a business, or you rent, everyone who lives in Cook County is affected by the county’s property tax system. That system is deeply unfair, and riddled with errors, extensive reporting by ProPublica Illinois’ Jason Grotto shows. And who’s paying the price? Residents and business owners on Chicago’s South and West sides. Let’s talk about that.

-Do you find your property assessment confusing? Bring a copy.
-How does your property assessment compare with your neighbors’? We can show you.
-Have you tried, or thought about filing an appeal? We can explain how the process works*.
-What can be done to level the playing field? We’ll talk through various approaches we’ve learned from our reporting.

Grotto and data reporter Sandhya Kambhampati will first walk you through their reporting on this topic, and then we’ll shift to a community conversation about Cook County’s property tax assessment system, what it means for it to be broken, and how it’s supposed to really work.

*Note: We are not offering expert or legal advice. We are journalists; this event is informed by our reporting.


This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

For more info on past and future Public Newsroom workshops and to become a sustaining member of City Bureau, visit http://www.citybureau.org/

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