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Any taxpayer who is dissatisfied with the decision of the local Board of Review may appeal such decision to the State Property Tax Appeal Board. To begin an appeal, a taxpayer must first file a petition for appeal with the Board. Official forms and Rules of the State Property Tax Appeal Board are available both in the Board's offices in Springfield, at the Board of Review office and online.
Appeals to the State Board must be filed within 30 days of the postmark date or personal service date of a local Board of Review's decision. Generally, failure to file within the 30 day period forecloses appeal of the assessment for the year in question. The State Property Tax Appeal Board generally makes assessment decisions on one of two factual bases. The first is that the actual market value of a taxpayer's property is not accurately reflected in the assessment. The other avenue of appeal is an argument based upon equity. Evidence files that are used for the Lake County Board of Review process are accepted by the PTAB.
If a taxpayer has received a reduction in assessed value from the State Board and the County Board of Review has already adjourned for the subsequent year, the taxpayer may appeal the subsequent year's assessment directly to the State Board within 30 days of the State's Board's decision. Final decision of fact or law rendered by the State Board may be received by the Circuit Court under the Administrative Review Law on the record established in the State Board hearing.
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The township assessor is the only Illinois elected officeholder that has educational and certification requirements that must be completed before any election activities may be undertaken. The most common certification, that all current Lake County Assessors have, is the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer bestowed by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.
In years other than the general assessment year, such as tax years 2016, 2017 and 2018, the township assessor is to list and assess all property which becomes taxable and which was not part of the general assessment. The assessment rolls for these years shall include all new or added buildings, structures or other improvements that were not included in the valuation of the property for the general assessment. The township assessor would also exclude the value of any buildings, structures or other improvements previously included in the general assessment that are no longer present whether or not they are removed by the property owner or destroyed or damaged by fire, flood, etc. In the instance where the improvements are damaged and not destroyed, the assessor shall determine how much the value of the property has been diminished and adjust the value accordingly.
The township assessor will rely on exterior measurements of structures when calculating the overall size of the improvements. In order to accurately collect the data used to determine the assessment, it may be necessary for the assessor or their staff to go onto the property. There may also be rare instances when it is important for an assessor to gain entry into the property to clarify certain details; this should only occur if the assessing official provides proper identification.
The cost approach indicates what it would cost to build a house today, allows for depreciation based on age and condition and adds the value of the land to the depreciated cost of all improvements. Land is always valued as if it is vacant. The market or sales comparison approach to valuation analyzes similar properties that have sold recently where both buyer and seller acted without undue pressure in negotiating the final price of the property. Adjustments are made to the selling prices of the comparable properties for amenity differences from the property being appraised. The income approach is most often used when valuing commercial/industrial property. Here, value is estimated by analyzing the net income a property generates for its owner and converting that income into a valuation indication.
Because assessors have both a market value and uniformity standard and because they are required to appraise thousands of parcels, assessors will generally use a hybrid combination of the cost and market approaches to accomplish their goals. The cost approach is used to satisfy the uniformity criteria of the statutes. This value is compared to the actual selling prices of all property within the assessment neighborhood that have occurred during the three years prior to the assessment date. With the help of computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) systems, factors are developed to adjust the cost valuations either up or down to the median level of 33.33% for a particular group of properties, as indicated by the sales transactions that qualify for analysis purposes.
It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers who feel they are not being assessed fairly should meet with a member of their township assessor’s office. In an informal setting, the township assessor's office staff person can explain how the assessment was determined (or changed) and the rationale behind the valuation. Prior to the meeting, taxpayers should compile relevant evidence or other material in support of their claim to the township assessor's office for review.
Township Assessors and their staff are interested in fairly assessing the properties within their jurisdiction. None of the property assessment offices (township assessor, Chief County Assessment Office, Lake County Board of Review) have any direct involvement with the computation of your tax bill. Remember that the amount of increase in a particular assessment or tax bill is not an appropriate reason for an appeal of an assessment. When discussing your assessment with the assessor's office it is recommended that you discuss the fairness of your assessments relative to others and whether the market value estimate is appropriate based upon recent transactions in your immediate area.
Los resultados electorales son reportados conforme están disponibles, después de las 7 p.m. durante la noche de las elecciones. Los espectadores tendrán que hacer clic en el botón de actualización una vez que ingresen a las páginas de presentación de informes para asegurar que están viendo los resultados más recientes.
Los recuentos de último minuto de los votos emitidos durante el día de las elecciones para cada contienda son reportados en formato de gráficas de barra. Los resultados también se enlazan a mapas de distritos electorales codificados por colores, mostrando el color asignado al candidato que lleva ventaja en ese distrito electoral.
Para pasar de un resumen de la contienda a un mapa codificado por color, primero elija el idioma “Spanish” usando el botón marcado "Choose Language" ubicado en la parte superior a mano derecha de la página. Posteriormente, haga clic en el icono titulado "Mapa". Este icono se encuentra adyacente al encabezamiento listando el título de la contienda.
Se les insta a los votantes y las partes interesadas que visiten nuestra página de resultados electorales antes del día de las elecciones para familiarícese con las características del sitio. La oficina de la Secretaria no podrá proporcionar resoluciones a problemas relacionados a la página web durante el día de las elecciones. La oficina de la Secretaria del Condado también ofrece un recuento de los votos actuales por teléfono al 847-377-2410 a partir de las 8 p.m. durante la noche de las elecciones.
Los espectadores también pueden adquirir un reporte de los resultados utilizando los informes de la votación reportada. Después de que los distritos electorales reportan sus conteos del día de las elecciones, los recuentos de los votos recibidos por correo, mediante la votación durante el período de gracia, y la votación temprana, se presentan en un formato de cuadrícula y se añaden a los votos del día de las elecciones.
Los votos por escrito son contados por jueces electorales que representan a los dos partidos políticos en el distrito electoral. Las información anotada en las hojas de recuento es transferida a archivos electrónicos en la oficina de la Secretaria del Condado durante la noche de las elecciones y después de las elecciones (para incluir los votos por escrito de las boletas emitidas durante la votación temprana y por correo). Una vez que se haya completado el conteo, los resultados son publicados— no más de 7 días posteriores a las elecciones.
Todos los recuentos de las boletas provisionales o boletas tardías, emitidas por correo, son reportados 14 días después del día de las elecciones cuando los resultados electorales se declaran definitivos. El escrutinio de los resultados electorales ocurre el próximo día.
Yes. Even if there is an eviction moratorium in place, you are still required to pay rent. If you do not pay rent, you will owe your landlord for all the rent you did not pay. If you can’t afford your rent because you lost your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, apply to the FERA program.
The FERA program helps low-income Lake County renters that have a financial hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible applicants can get help in the form of financial assistance for rent and utility bills.
You may be eligible if:
No. Rent and utility payments will be made directly to your landlord or utility company.
You can get up to 3 months of assistance with your future rent. If you have past due rent, you can receive assistance with that as well. No household can receive more than 12 months of assistance total.
You can apply online at LakeCountyIL.gov/renthelp. You will need to fill out an application and attach proof of your eligibility. If you have questions, you can call 211 to speak with someone who can help. If you need help with your application, you can call 211 for a referral to a provider that can help you.
If you don’t have a computer or internet access, you can go to a community agency that has computers or devices for you to use. Call 211 to get a referral to a community agency.
You will need proof of all eligibility factors, including proof you are renting in Lake County, proof of your COVID-related financial hardship, proof you are at risk of housing instability or homelessness, and proof of your income. If you aren’t sure if you have the right documents, call 211 to get connected to someone who can help.
You can get help with gas, electricity, trash removal, and water and sewer utility bills. You can also get help with your internet service bills. You cannot apply for assistance with phone services, mobile phone services, or cable bills.
This program is for units in Lake County only. If you are moving into Lake County and have a signed lease on a unit in Lake County, you may apply for assistance. You may not receive assistance on any unit outside of Lake County, Illinois.
Yes, if you pay lot rent in Lake County, this counts as an obligation to pay rent in Lake County.
No, if you aren’t a renter, you are not eligible for assistance through this program. If you need help, call 211 for a referral to a different program that can help you.
You may have a COVID-related financial hardship if:
You may be at-risk of homelessness or housing instability if:
No. If your application is approved, you can get help with up to three months of your rent, even if you don’t have a past due balance.
Yes, you can apply for both rent and utilities. If you don’t need help with both, you can apply for rent or utilities only.
You only need to apply to one FERA provider agency. If you apply to multiple agencies, only the first agency that receives your application will process it. Submitting applications to multiple agencies may delay assistance.
Assistance is not guaranteed for every Lake County resident that is eligible. Submitting an application does not guarantee assistance.
In most cases, you will need a lease. If you don’t have a lease, you may be eligible if you are able to prove that you were paying rent prior to your financial hardship. If you are not sure if you can prove you are paying rent, talk to 211 or a FERA provider to see if you have the right documents.
Yes. You will need to provide proof that you are paying rent on that room.
Yes. Applications include information for everyone in the household. A utility bill can be eligible if a household member other than the person filling out the application is listed on the utility bill.
Yes. FERA will only help with the portion of your rent or utilities that you pay each month. If you reduced your income, make sure to notify your housing provider that your income has changed. After you notify them, you can apply for FERA. If your income has not changed but you need help paying your rent because of a large unexpected cost due to COVID, you can also apply to FERA.
Please wait 10 days to hear back from the agency. If you have not yet heard back after 10 days, please call the agency that you received a referral for. The agency’s phone number can be found by going to 211LakeCounty.org and typing the agency’s name into the search box about halfway down the page.
Yes. If you qualified for unemployment after March 13, 2020, you can be eligible for FERA even if you were already receiving unemployment benefits before March 13, 2020.
If you were approved for assistance and continue to need additional assistance after the assistance runs out, you can submit a Continued Assistance Form. You will have to prove that you are still eligible.
If you meet all eligibility criteria, you may receive assistance on a security deposit and rent in a new unit. You must have a signed lease in order to qualify for assistance.
No, but you can help your tenants apply. If you are a landlord, your tenant will need to qualify for the program and agree to submit an application. If you talk to your tenant and they agree to apply, you can fill out the Landlord Application. When you fill out the Landlord Application, an email will be sent to your tenant. That email will have an application that your tenant needs to fill out and submit.
• If you are requesting the records to be transferred to another healthcare facility, the fees are as follows: Free of chargeNOTE: You must provide the full address of the healthcare facility, including the city, state and zip code.
• If you need a copy of your medical records for your insurance company, attorney or any other 3rd party or agent, the fees are as follows:Basic Fee: $26.77 and $1.00 per page for the first 25 pages, $0.67 per page for pages 26-50, and $0.33 per page for pages 51+, plus shipping & handling (if applicable).
Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
Privacy Officer3010 Grand Ave.Waukegan, IL 60085847-377-8592, Option 3
Office of Civil RightsU.S. Department of Health and Human Services
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240Chicago, IL. 60601Phone: (312) 886-2359; (312) 353-5693 (TDD)http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html
All complaints must be submitted in writing and addressed to the PRIVACY OFFICER. We support your right to protect the privacy of your medical information. We will not retaliate in any way or refuse services if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights.
To use the map, hover your mouse over a municipality to view the number of cases reported. The data displayed is a range of cases, for example, fewer than 5, 5 to 9, 10-14, etc.
Areas on the map with a higher prevalence of reported cases per 10,000 residents are shaded darker. For example, if both Lake Forest and Highland Park have the same number of cases, Lake Forest will display as darker on the map because it has fewer residents, so the prevalence per 10,000 is higher.
The dashboard shows a higher concentration of cases in some Lake County communities. The Lake County Health Department cautions that:
There are a number of reasons that one community may have a higher number of positive cases:
Health-related data, including when someone tests positive for COVID-19, is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under this federal law, public health agencies and healthcare providers must do everything within our power to protect the privacy of residents or patients. We use ranges of cases in our dashboard to assure the privacy of residents with COVID-19 while still providing meaningful data to our municipalities.
It is safe to assume that every community in Lake County is impacted by COVID-19. We can all help prevent the spread of illness by:
Diligently following the “stay-at-home” order
Strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines
Washing your hands frequently
Covering coughs and sneezes
Staying home and isolating yourself from others in your household if you are sick
If public water supply is made available to a dwelling with a well, a well contractor should apply and pay for a Lake County Health Department water well sealing application. The Lake County Health Department should be contacted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the sealing of the water well. A representative from the department will verify the sealing of the water well. The old well should be sealed within 30 days of the dwelling being connected to the municipal supply.
If one desires to maintain and use their well as a non-potable water supply for outdoor watering, you must contact the Lake County Health Department to schedule an inspection to determine if your well is in compliance. Once the well has been determined to be in compliance the well will be required to be registered as a “Supplemental Irrigation Well” at the Lake County Recorder of Deed’s Office for a fee.
If you have additional concerns or questions, please contact us at 847-377-8020. Our staff will gladly help you obtain a water supply that meets the Illinois Department of Public Health standards for drinking water.
The levee consists of earthen materials (soil) and is one mile long. See the map for details.
The Lake County Department of Public Works is responsible for inspecting, maintaining, operating and repairing the levee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performs routine inspections on an annual basis and conducts an in-depth, periodic inspection every five years.
The levee is intended to protect properties from, but not prevent, flooding. Nevertheless, the levee as currently built has the ability to contain all known floods since the subdivision was built in 1954. With increased rainfall projections in Lake County, however, there is a greater than 50% chance that the levee will overflow from flooding at least once in the next 25 years. Knowing this, it’s important to be prepared if flooding occurs.
Flood insurance is recommended for every home within North Libertyville Estates. As shown in the map, many homes could be impacted by several feet of water if flooding occurs.
Property owners residing in North Libertyville Estates may be eligible to save an average of $281 a year on their flood insurance policies. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, residents within unincorporated Lake County – who meet certain requirements – are eligible for up 20% savings on flood insurance premiums. Contact your insurance agent for coverage information, pricing, and CRS flood insurance discount information.
Yes. A gauge at the stormwater pump station monitors the river level and provides notification to Lake County personnel. If necessary, Lake County will contact residents by phone when the river approaches a high-water level, and again if an evacuation order is issued. Such order may result in the closing of roads and emergency shut-off or suspension of utilities or other services to avoid risks to persons, property, and infrastructure.
Water will rise very quickly if the levee overflows or is breached. Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it if flooding occurs.
Levee maintenance fees fund levee mowing, rock erosion control replacement, pump operation and maintenance, tree removal, and other miscellaneous maintenance and repair expenses.
Residents should keep fences, trees, bushes, fire pits, and garbage barrels away from the levee. These encroachments can hinder operations and maintenance, or negatively impact the integrity of the levee. Also, do not dump leaves and grass clippings in levee ditches, and refrain from driving motorized vehicles on the levee. Your assistance in this regard will help minimize levee maintenance costs.
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Phone: 847-377-2600 Fax: 847-984-5854
Please complete the form and mail, fax, email or hand deliver directly to the Planning, Building and Development Department FOIA Officer. Phone:847-377-2600 Fax: 847-984-5854 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please use the
Site Capacity Calculations are required when a proposed development meets one the applicability requirements found in Chapter 151: Unified Development Ordinance
The following documents and/or information should be available when preparing the calculations:
- Plat of survey of the property showing the legal boundaries and area of the property.
- The types and extent of natural resources (see below) present on the property.
- The maximum density (residential development), or the floor area factor and impervious surface ratio (nonresidential development). These are found in the Density and Dimensional Standard Tables in Chapter 151: UDO
Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located on the sixth floor of the administration tower of the Lake County Building at 18 N. County Street in Waukegan. Please call 847-377-2575 for directions.
You can request a copy from our office in person, by mail, fax, phone or email. If your request is by phone or fax you will need to pay with a credit card. Please call our office at 847-377-2575 if you wish to place an order.
If you need to research recorded property records over the Internet you may wish to obtain online access. This product will allow you to conduct business 24/7!
For more information, please refer to our Online Access Information page. It is our hope that you find this new product easy to use from the convenience of your office.
Please refer to our fee schedule to determine the applicable recording and copy fees charged by our office in accordance with state regulations.
If the release deed has already been recorded you'll see a file stamp with a document number, recording date and other information from the Recorder of Deeds Office. If that's the case, there is nothing you need to do except file the document away in a safe place.
If the release deed has not been recorded, you should submit that document to the Recorder of Deeds Office for recording. This may be done by mail or in person on the sixth floor of the County Building.
If you mail it in, please write the words "Mail To" somewhere on the document followed by the address where the original document should be mailed back to after processing.
Please refer to our fee schedule to determine the applicable recording fees charged by our office in accordance with state regulations.
By law, the Recorder of Deeds Office is not allowed to perform title searches, and we can only provide you with information we have available. You may visit our office, and we will assist you in tracing property ownership and other property tax-related information that is accessible on one of our public access terminals.
Please note that only a title company can perform and guarantee a full search of the property; something we are unable to do for you.
We accept cash or checks (made payable to the Lake County Recorder), as well as Discover, MasterCard and VISA credit card payments for all of the services that we provide. Frequent customers also have the option of opening a charge account, which enables them to be billed on a monthly basis.
Requests for a charge account must include a company name, mailing address, phone/fax numbers and a point of contact for billing issues. Requests must be written and may be submitted via mail or fax. Once your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter with your charge account code to be used for your transactions.
For further information regarding charge accounts and/or billing questions, please contact our Billing Accounts Supervisor at 847-377-2334 or send a request via email.
No - These records are maintained by the Vital Records Department of the Lake County Clerk's Office, which is located on the first floor of the County Administration Building. Their phone number is 847-377-2411.
Please call our main office number at 847-377-2575 and your call will be transferred to the appropriate supervisor. In the event that the office supervisor is unavailable to take your call at that time, please leave a voice mail message. One of our office supervisors will respond back to you ASAP - so please do not hesitate to leave a message.
Office supervisors receive email and you can send your messages, comments, suggestions, compliments or concerns directly to them.
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Contact Lake County Human Resources: 18 North County Street -7th Floor Waukegan, IL 60085 Phone: 847/377-2415 Fax: 847/984-5988
No, you do not. Once the sale is complete, the lender’s attorneys must go back to court to get the sale approved in a Confirmation of Sale hearing. When the sale is approved by the judge, the deed to the home is issued to the lender or third-party bidder. A homeowner is provided a minimum of 30 days after this final court date before an eviction can take place. If you would like to attend the final court date, please call the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 847-377-3380 to find out the date and time of the hearing.
The Sheriff’s Office holds auctions each Tuesday at 9:30 am, with the exception of holidays. Check the Sales Schedule (PDF)
Third-party bidders are urged to research whether or not any liens, mechanics liens, second or third mortgages, or any other judgment liens held against a property are the responsibility of winning bidder. Liens may be settled between the homeowner and the lender prior to the auction, however there is no guarantee. It is the responsibility of the bidder to examine the title of the property. Public court records regarding the property can be found at the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office. The telephone number is 847-377-3380.
Yes. On the sale day, bidders are required to place a minimum 10% deposit of the maximum amount they are willing to spend for the property. If the bid exceeds the bidder’s maximum amount available, the bidder will automatically be out of the bidding process. Keep in mind there may be a number of people bidding for the same property. An opening bid is provided by the lender as a starting point. If an opening bid is not provided by the lender, the property will not go to auction on that day. The opening bid can be found on the Foreclosed Property Listings the day before the scheduled sale date. The balance is due no later than two business days after the scheduled sale date. The Sheriff’s Office accepts certified funds (i.e. bank checks) and/or cash. Personal checks, loan approval notes from a bank or wire transfers will not be accepted.
Once the sale takes place, the lender’s attorneys must go back to court to get the sale approved. This court hearing is also known as confirming the sale. Once the sale is approved by a judge in court, the deed to the home is issued to the purchaser. If the homeowner is still living in the house, a minimum of 30 days is typically granted to the homeowner after this final court date before an eviction can be scheduled. We strongly suggest you attend the confirmation hearing to expedite receiving the deed. The sale confirmation hearing will take place at the Main Courthouse located at: 18 N. County Street Waukegan, IL 60085
Please call the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 847-377-3212 to find out the date and time of the court hearing. If you cannot attend the hearing, a copy of the court order (Order Approving Sale) can be obtained at the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Office. You will need to bring the Order Approving Sale to the Lake County Sheriff's Office to obtain the deed.
However, only a small percentage of criminal cases actually go to trial. The majority of defendants eventually admit guilt in criminal cases and plead guilty. Commonly, this occurs in one of two ways: in a negotiated plea, the prosecutor and the defense agree to a sentence, and they present the plea to the judge for approval; alternatively, defendants sometimes simply plead guilty and the judge determines the sentence. If the defendant maintains his or her innocence in court and requests that the State prove criminal charges at trial, then victims and witnesses are subpoenaed to testify in court. Even if there is no trial, however, witness testimony is sometimes necessary or appropriate. For example, if the defendant pleads guilty to a crime, the victim of a violent crime may want to present a victim impact statement at the time of the plea or at the sentencing hearing. Another time witness testimony may be necessary is at a restitution hearing. Restitution hearings are sometimes necessary to determine the amount of out-of-pocket medical expenses or other damages that a defendant caused a victim to incur.
The tax bills will be mailed the first part of May, with due dates in early June and September. Duplicate copies of the tax bills are available online once the bills are mailed.
There are several factors that could make your tax bill increase: an increase in the property equalized assessed value, an increase in tax rates, which come from the individual taxing districts, and new referendums approved by voters. Keep in mind, the assessment for your current bill is calculated as of January 2019.
The tax remains with the property regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit, or contact your attorney.
Yes, prepayments are accepted December 7th - December 28th.
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.