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New State Law Cracks Down on Illegal Cook County Homeowner Exemptions

Friday, July 19, 2013
Progress Illinois

Cook County residents who claim homeowner exemptions they do not deserve will now face fines under a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed this week. 

The move will help rein in some $65 million lost annually due to people claiming undeserved exemptions, according to Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios' office. The Illinois General Assembly passed the measure back in May.

The assessor's office will start penalizing those who claim illegal homeowner, senior, veteran or disabled persons' exemptions, and residents will see a lien against their home if fines are not paid after more than 60 days. Those who owe up to two wrongly-claimed exemptions dating back prior to the 2013 tax year have until December 31 to pay them free of penalties.



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