The Chicago Tribune has the best article I have ever read on real estate tax assessments.
Written by Jason Grotto with help from John Chase and David Kidwell, it proves the utter lack of assessment uniformity among homeowners in Cook County.
While my color blind impaired eyes wish the Tribune graphic had some blue, it shows the inequity in Cook County:
The article documents “a staggering pattern of inequality.
“From North Lawndale and Little Village to Calumet City and Melrose Park, residents in working-class neighborhoods were more likely to receive property tax bills that assumed their homes were worth more than their true market value, the Tribune found.
“Meanwhile, many living in the county’s wealthier and mostly white communities — including Winnetka, Glencoe, Lakeview and the Gold Coast — caught a break because property taxes weren’t based on the full value of their homes.”
The article is very long (almost 3,000 words), it is chock full of useful information.
I only wish similar articles would be written on the collar counties.