Elgin Township Property Tax Appeal Deadline

Elgin Township Property Tax Appeal Deadline – August 22

Elgin area property tax assessments were recently published in the newspaper as required by law. There is only a 30 day window every year to appeal your property assessment. Once this deadline is passed, the next opportunity will not be until next year. The deadline to appeal your 2016 assessment is August 22nd, 2016.

Your property tax assessment determines how much of the property tax levy you pay. Local governing bodies (i.e. schools, villages, park districts) request the taxes and your property assessment determines how large a share you pay.

Increased assessments and higher levies will increase your property tax bill.

To obtain assessment information about a property in Rutland Township, please contact the Rutland Township Assessor’s Office or visit the township assessor’s website. You can find a full directory of Kane County township assessors on this page of the Supervisor of Assessments website.

Taxpayers who believe their properties are over-assessed should first contact their township assessor, who developed the assessed valuation. If not satisfied after addressing the issue with the township assessor, taxpayers may file an assessment complaint with the Kane County Board of Review

To obtain complaint forms and a copy of the Rules and Procedures of the Kane County Board of Review, visit this page on the Kane County Assessments.org website or call 630-208-3818.

As mentioned above, the deadline to file 2017 assessment complaints for the properties within Rutland Township is Aug. 22, 2016.  No complaint for property in this township can be accepted after that date.

Chicago Tribune Endorses Skillicorn For The Illinois House

Editorial Board | Chicago Tribune

66th District: Our first question to the four candidates running for this House seat: Anyone play guitar? Because someone might have to fill in for retiring Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, member of the Boat Drink Caucus, a band made up of several lawmakers. Tryon announced last year he would not seek another term. Four Republicans are vying to replace him: Lakewood trustee Paul Serwatka, West Dundee trustee Dan Wilbrandt, East Dundee trustee Allen Skillicorn and McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield of Crystal Lake…

Skillicorn moves into lead

-from Illinois Review

EAST DUNDEE – A four-way Republican primary to fill retiring State Rep. Michael Tryon’s 66th House seat may have a candidate that is breaking out of the pack. Recent polling shows East Dundee trustee Allen Skillicorn could be moving into the lead to win the March 15th GOP primary.

While the majority of the 346 polled by Compass Consulting have yet to make their pick in the 66th House District GOP primary, on a sample ballot, the survey showed that Skillicorn leads with 24%, 15 points ahead of next highest GOP candidate in the race.

Suburban Property Tax Rates Skyrocket As Home Prices Stagnate

By: Mark Glennon


Nobody of any political stripe or party can defend property tax rates now exploding in many communities surrounding Chicago. Aside from rank unfairness, some towns are on a clear road towards self-destruction. The resulting loss in home values is a personal tragedy for those who can least afford it, making this is an issue on which progressives and conservatives must agree. The crisis will worsen because stunningly large, further bills have just been stuck in the drawer, not yet sent — unfunded municipal pension liabilities.

Where the big primary races will be in suburbs

by Mike Riopell | Daily Herald

Despite frustration over a historic budget impasse in Springfield, Republicans and Democrats in the suburbs so far are avoiding dramatic primary election challenges to their veteran incumbents, state elections records show.

Monday is the last day for candidates to make their intentions known, and so far, the only major local primary contests for seats at the state Capitol are where incumbents — Rep. Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake and Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin — are departing.

Elgin considers borrowing $25 million, raising tax levy

by Madhu Krishnamurthy | Daily Herald

With uncertainty over revenues, Elgin officials are considering borrowing $25 million for street and utility improvements in 2016 and raising the property tax levy.

The city council got its first look this week at the proposed $285 million budget for 2016. The budget must be approved by Dec. 31 as Elgin’s fiscal year begins Jan. 1.

Officials are concerned whether the city’s share of gambling revenues from the Grand Victoria Casino, and motor fuel and emergency telephone systems taxes will come through in 2016 due to the state’s budget crisis. Nearly $5 million of $10.2 million in casino revenues are overdue. Those revenues fund infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, and grants for cultural arts and social service agencies.

“After several years of a declining tax levy, we have to move in the other direction,” City Manager Sean Stegall told the city council Wednesday.

Canceling the Elgin Valley Fox Trot in 2016 and reducing operating hours for city facilities also may be in the offing, if the state funding shortfall continues, he added.

Elgin, IL rebuked again in Federal Court concerning anti-Ultrasound case

Elgin’s motion to halt TLC lawsuit denied
Dec. 13, 2013

(Elgin, Ill.) Today judges Kenneth F. Ripple, Ann Claire Williams, and Diane S. Sykes for the U. S. Court of Appeals rejected Elgin’s motion to halt the lawsuit against it from TLC Pregnancy Services. Elgin’s motion was filed on Oct. 4.

This order follows several prior rulings. In March 2013, U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan ordered Elgin temporarily to stop interrupting TLC Pregnancy Services from providing free services to expectant mothers. The injunction against Elgin was entered as permanent on Aug. 8. On Sept. 25, Judge Der-Yeghiayan then rejected Elgin’s motion to stop proceeding while the city appealed.

“Actually since December 2012, TLC Pregnancy has implored Elgin to allow their not-for-profit organization to provide free ultrasound services from their mobile unit, for the benefit of women and children,” said TLC attorney John Mauck. “Today’s ruling constitutes the fourth time federal judges have ruled against Elgin in this litigation.”

City of Elgin Rebuked by Federal Judge over TLC Case

Press Release from Life Center Pregnancy Services
Sept. 25, 2013

(Elgin, Ill.) U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan issued a severe order Tuesday in the case of TLC Pregnancy Services denying the city of Elgin’s request to delay proceedings. The judge noted that any further stalling, “would unjustly delay the vindication of the rights of the Plaintiffs seeking relief on the 11 remaining counts.” Judge Der-Yeghiayan also stated that he was, “not foreclosing the issue of whether sanctions are warranted.”

“The judge’s order referencing sanctions suggests Elgin’s statements to the court, in August, that it needed time to pursue settlement options were misleading given that Elgin filed for its appeal immediately after the court gave the city 30 days to pursue such settlement,” said TLC attorney John Mauck.

In March 2013, TLC filed suit after its free mobile ultrasound facility for expectant mothers was shut down by the city for violating a temporary use ordinance. Judge Der-Yeghiayan ruled on Aug. 8, 2013 that Elgin’s ordinance was “vague” and “overbroad” allowing TLC to resume operations. According to TLC, since 2010, over 200 low-income women and girls have been given free pregnancy and ultrasound tests through the mobile facility.

“Most importantly these women who find themselves pregnant come aboard the mobile facility feeling overwhelmed and alone. We are available for them providing the practical, emotional, and spiritual support they need,” said TLC director Vivian Maly.

TLC will continue to pursue the case against Elgin by taking depositions of certain city council members and other officials. “We hope to expose to the people of Elgin which officials and what actions were behind this shutdown of free services to expectant mothers,” said Mauck.