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Latest news regarding 2nd installment tax bills from the Cook County Treasurer's office:

Second Installment bills are now available at cookcountytreasurer.com. They can be found under "Your Property Tax Overview." The Tax year 2020 Second Installment due date is October 1, 2021.

We are here to help with any missing exemptions or concerns. Please call our office at (708) 366-2787 or email us at assessor@riverforesttownship.org.

Board of Review 2021 Pre-file Information

The Cook County Board of Review sent email notices announcing they are accepting pre-file appeals prior to actual opening dates for all Cook County Townships. Most residents who file appeals with the Cook County Board of Review use lack of uniformity as the reason for their appeal. The most current 2021 assessed value data residents use to support appeals based on lack of uniformity is not yet available.

Prefiling is an unnecessary step without current data to support an appeal. I would recommend waiting until the 2021 data is available from the Cook County Assessor's office and then filing 2021 Assessed Value appeals with the Board of Review.

We will contact our residents who have requested appeal information from our office after we have received the data and are able to run comparable property information.

The River Forest Township Assessor's office is available to address questions and concerns.

Board of Review Outreach
Registering Your Property Assessment Appeal

Commissioner Tammy Wendt'
s outreach event
June 17th at 6pm


Meeting ID: 943 4796 8222

Please join us at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to ensure you are able to log in before the room is opened to the public.

Join Zoom Meeting


Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 943 4796 8222

We are serving residents by phone and email at this time, we currently do not have walk in hours. Call 708-366-2787 or email us at: assessor@riverforesttownship.org. Please include your name, address, phone number and concern.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions will automatically renew for tax year 2020. In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of households will receive a letter that confirms the auto-renewal of the exemptions placed on their home. For households who need to apply or reapply, applications will be made available by early February.

How can a property owner see which exemptions were applied to their home last year?
Check the Cook County Portal website, then review the Exemption History and Status section.

Exemptions that automatically renew for tax year 2020.

  • Homeowner Exemption
  • Senior Exemption
  • Senior Freeze Exemption
  • Persons with Disabilities Exemption
  • Veterans with Disabilities Exemption
  • Home Improvement Exemption
More information and applications for a new exemptions can be found here:
Property Tax Exemptions | Cook County Assessor's Office

Property Tax Bills
The first installment tax bills have been posted to the Cook County Treasurer’s Website: cookcountytreasurer.com. The first installment is always 55% of the total previous year’s tax bill. It is due Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Due to COVID-19 they have waved late payment penalties for two months. All assessment changes due to the triennial reassessment and all exemptions will be taken into account on your second installment tax bill. Tax bills may be paid on-line at cookcountytreasurer.com OR at Chase Bank OR by sending a check to the Cook County Treasurer.

Two-month Waiver of Property Tax Late Fees in 2021

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021.

Here is a link to Maria Papas' press release:
Cook County Treasurer's Office - Chicago, Illinois

Cook County Assessor's Office Announces Changes to Assessments and Appeals Due to COVID-19

Pappas: Auction of delinquent Cook County property taxes postponed indefinitely

Cook County's Assessor's Office Suspends Appeal Deadlines due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Township Assessor
Pamela Kende, Assessor:
P: 708.366.2787
E: assessor@riverforesttownship.org
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Our office is currently closed to the public but we are here to assist you. You may call our office at 708-366-2787. Please leave your name, address, phone number twice, and concern. Please speak slowly and clearly and have patience during this very busy time.

The Township Assessor serves as the local liaison with the Cook County Assessor office. The River Forest Township Assessor's Office acts as a tax payer advocate for local residents in the Cook County property tax system. With almost 1.8 million parcels in Cook County, assessments are determined triennially through a mass appraisal system by the Cook County Assessor. Our goal is to educate our taxpayers and to provide assistance and as they navigate the Cook County residential property system. The Township Assessor's Office provides a multitude of services related to residential properties including:

  • Assessed valuation complaints or appeals with the Cook County Assessor and Cook County Board of Review
  • Exemption applications
  • Property characteristic descriptions
  • Seminars on property assessments during appeal periods
  • Name and address changes on property tax bills

Press Releases

Release date: April 14, 2020
Cook County Assessor's Office Announces Changes to Assessments and Appeals Due to COVID-19

Release date: February 2020
River Forest Township Assessor: Triennial Property Assessments Notices Coming in the US Postal Mail Soon

Release date: February 2020

Release date: January 16, 2020

Release date: January 16, 2020

Release date: September 24, 2020

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