County plans online 'one-stop shop' for property tax info

Cook County officials today announced plans to launch a new consolidated website for property tax information.

Property data now is scattered across six different county websites.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today said the new website, scheduled to launch April 1, will make getting tax information more convenient and efficient.
“Any recorded document or transaction from every one of the 1.8 million parcels of homes, businesses and land in the nation’s second-largest county will find its way to the portal,” said Treasurer Maria Pappas, whose office paid for the new website.
“No more laborious trips from one website to another to find out what you owe, what you paid or didn’t pay, exemptions you should have, refunds waiting for you, and so on.”
Currently, property owners who want to see the tax history of a home, business or land must visit the websites of up to six different county offices to “piece together” the record of ownership, payments, exemptions, appeals, refunds and delinquencies – much of which goes back only one year.
When the Property Tax Portal goes live, an owner will get five years of history, in linear form and on a single screen.
The new portal compiles information from the Treasurer’s Office, the Cook County Assessor’s Office, the Recorder of Deeds, the County Clerk’s Office and the Board of Review, among others.