The primary role of the Assessor is to estimate the property
value of approximately 1.8 million parcels of real estate in
Cook County. Each year, one third of the County (a triennial
district) is reassessed. The Assessor also administers
important money-saving property tax exemption programs.
The Office of the Recorder of Deeds records, stores, and
provides information that is accurate, legible, timely, and
easily retrievable for public and private use. The office
creates public records of land transactions as well as Federal
and State tax liens, articles of incorporation, and Uniform
Commercial Code filings..
The Cook County Treasurer is a constitutional office in
Illinois, manages the second largest property tax collection
system in the United States of America. The Cook County
Treasurer's Office is chiefly responsible for mailing tax bills
and accurately collecting, investing, distributing and issuing
refunds on approximately $10 billion in real-estate tax payments
annually. These billings and collection involve the owners and
owners representatives for nearly 1.7 million local government
agencies and sub agencies across Cook County.
Board of Review
The Board of Review is vested with quasi-judicial powers to hear
and decide taxpayer complaints on the value or exempt status of
real property, which includes residential, commercial,
industrial and condominium property, along with vacant land.
The County Clerk's Office is the official custodian of Cook
County records and books. The office records, maintains and
copies vital documents such as real estate property tax books,
tax redemption records, and official County Maps. In addition,
the office issues tax rates, permanent real estate numbers and
new tax codes.
Clerk of Circuit
Under the Illinois Constitution, the Office of the Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Cook County is part of the judicial branch of
state government. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the
official record keeper of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
More than 400 judges hear traffic, civil, criminal, juvenile and
all other types of cases originating in Chicago and Suburban