Grafton Township Property Tax Appeal Deadline 11/7

Grafton 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 2017 assessment is November 7th, 2016.

Lowering Illinois Property Taxes Through Consolidation

Absurdly high property taxes demand bold reforms from Illinois lawmakers. New recommendations from a state task force show exactly what kind.

by Austin Berg

Illinois has the second-highest property taxes in the nation, but it’s likely the state will take the No. 1 spot in taxing homeowners very soon. For too many Illinois families, property taxes have become a second mortgage they can never pay off.

Local Government Consolidation Gathers Speed In Springfield

First posted at First Electric Newspaper

One of four bills to extend DuPage County’s pilot government consolidation program statewide passed a House committee Wednesday while over the in the Senate the Local Government Committee announced a series of hearings next week on various consolidation bills aimed at shrinking local government.

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.

Grafton Board Votes “No Confidence” In Township Assessor’s Process

from the First Electric Newspaper

After a half-hour closed session marked by raised voices, the Grafton Township Board unanimously passed a resolution of “no confidence in [Assessor Al Zielinski’s] assessment process [for 2015]” and ordered him to post McHenry County property sales data on the Township website by “close of business [today].”

Zielinski was in the closed session initially but returned to the Board Room about 15 minutes later after Supervisor Jim Kearns could be heard through a closed door and own the hallway shouting about “incompetence.”

Grafton OK’s Flat Township, “Almost Flat” Road Levies

from the First Electric Newspaper

The Grafton Board Monday unanimously passed a flat levy for the Township against property taxes due next June and an “almost flat” one for the Grafton Road District.  The Township levy was $1,158,939, exactly the same as last year’s.  The Road District levy was $834,686, a roughly $1,500 increase over last year covered by “new growth”, according to Highway Commissioner Tom Poznanski.