I didn’t stop the newspapers when we went on vacation last month and am working my way though back issues.
On June 16th, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown shared information virtually forbidden in Chicago-based media.
The fact that those outside of Cook County in the Chicago metropolitan area pay way, way higher real estate taxes than those inside Cook County.
To make his point he told of his tax bill for schools on his Four Colonies home worth $235,000, according to assessing officials.
With whom did he decide to make comparisons?
Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Mike Madigan. Madigan, by the way, makes bundles when his law firm appeals property taxes.
So how much does Pat Quinn pay for schools on his home worth $290,000?
Quinn’s first public office was membership on the Cook County Board of (Property Tax) Appeals.
How much does Mike Madigan pay in taxes for schools?
$2,680 on a $342,000 home.
Sensing an inequity?
And the title of the column?
On the internet:
“City, suburban, Downstate property tax bills not equal when it comes to schools”
In the newspaper: