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The median homeowners in Cook County’s north and northwest suburbs saw their property tax bills rise 15.7% this year, according to a new study just released from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office.

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The employees were charged with accepting bribes in exchange for reducing assessed values on properties owned by Chicago-area fence installation company.

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If you are a homeowner in certain portions of the city, you’ve seen your bill go up quite a bit. On the predominately Latino Lower West Side, there was an increase of 46%, according to a new study.

Property taxes can be a doozy. Or rather, how they are calculated can be. WTTW News Explains walks you through the ins and outs of the process. 

Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 12, 2019.

He’s promised big ethics changes and is now pushing to streamline the assessment system and change the rules for some property owners. We sit down with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi.

Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 3, 2019.

The new Cook County assessor has vowed to bring fairness, transparency, ethics and modernization to the office. Fritz Kaegi joins us to discuss his 100-day plan and more.

Fritz Kaegi

“I will never take campaign contributions from the property tax appeals lawyers who do business with Cook County,” says Fritz Kaegi. Learn more about this candidate.

Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 6, 2018.

A political newcomer takes down one of the most powerful men in Chicago politics: Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. We speak with Fritz Kaegi.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, left, Fritz Kaegi and Andrea Raila.

In a blow to the Democratic establishment in Cook County, Fritz Kaegi has defeated incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. “The old machine style is no match for the people of Cook County,” Kaegi told a gathering of supporters. 

A conversation with on-again, off-again Cook County assessor candidate Andrea Raila, now that she’s on the ballot.

There’s a heated battle in the Democratic primary for Cook County assessor that few saw coming. Fritz Kaegi talks about taking on incumbent Joseph Berrios in our candidate forum.

Thomas Jaconetty speaks Thursday at a hearing.

After a highly critical independent report finds Cook County property taxes punish the poor, officials from the assessor’s office are put in the hot seat.

Andrea Raila

The Cook County Electoral Board has ruled that it is supposed to be a two-person race between Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and challenger Fritz Kaegi. So why will a third person be on the ballot?

“We can make the property tax system fair and equitable for property owners from all communities regardless of economic background or housing stock,” Andrea Raila writes. Learn more about this candidate.

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County assessor in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

“The Assessor’s Office might not be the most glamourous office, but it’s one where we can make a real improvement in people’s lives,” Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi writes. Learn more about this candidate.