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Cook County OKs junk mail with assessments

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Daily Herald
by Robert McCoppin

Homeowners in Cook County will soon begin getting commercial advertisements with their new property value assessments.

Without debate, the county board Tuesday approved a measure to allow the assessor to include the junk mail with its assessments.

The county is reassessing Chicago residences and lowering suburban assessments to reflect the down market this year. Eventually, all 1.2 million homes in the county will get the notices.

The ads are projected to generate more than $200,000 in revenue, to be split with Assessor James Houlihan's office after costs with a contractor, Municipal Media Solutions of Chicago.



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