Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



Niles raises property tax about $21 per average household

Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Pioneer Press
by Judith Ruiz-Branch

The Niles village board unanimously approved a 4.9% property tax increase for residents at its Oct. 22 meeting. That amounts to an increase of about $21 per average household in Niles, according to Trustee George Alpogianis.

The additional $265,332 generated from the 4.9% increase will be used to fund police and fire pensions, he said.

According to a Chicago Tribune editorial, the village of Niles has 225 employees paying into the pension fund, while 580 retirees are drawing from it. Those numbers come from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office.

Over the last five years, the village has contributed over $35.9 million to its police and fire pensions “in an effort to address the funding issues that it, like so many other communities, face,” said Alpogianis.

and will budget the full amount of the required pension contributions again in the 2021 budget," Alpogianis added.
 

"This illustrates the village’s... relatively recent commitment to addressing this issue,” said Alpogianis.

That’s right,” said Przybylo. “The point is that it’s going to fluctuate all the time. I agree with raising it 4.9% because it’s necessary. I wonder if it’s necessary enough.”

The village faced public scrutiny last year after a University of Chicago report called it out for being one of 74 fire and police pension funds across the state that are underfunded.

The village’s decision to fully fund both pensions since 2014 sets it on track to full funding of the pensions by 2040, as required by law. In 2011, a law passed to help curb underfunded pensions across the state that requires all public safety funds to have a funding ratio of 90 percent.

The 2019 fiscal year budget for Niles showed police pensions funded at 40 percent and fire pensions at 42 percent.



Recent Headlines

The other financial storm threatening to capsize Illinois' economy
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

County: Higher property taxes partly a hangover from foreclosure crisis
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Glencoe District 35 increases property tax levy by 4.45%
Sunday, December 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Niles Township Property Tax Appeal Workshops Offered In Skokie
Friday, December 06, 2019
Patch

Want to pay your property taxes early? Here's how.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Column: Twitter exchange with Cook County assessor sums up outrage and exodus: Tax hikes are paying for debt, not services.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Niles taxing bodies, including schools, set to share $3.4 million surplus of TIF district funds
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Pioneer Press

Unknown tale: Father George Clements’s role in Cook County court reform
Monday, December 02, 2019
Injustice Watch

State panel faces Dec. 31 deadline for property tax relief recommendations
Monday, December 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A drop in people, a $1 billion rise in property taxes
Monday, December 02, 2019
Daily Herald

In tents and under bridges, a new Cook County sheriff’s office program helps hard-to-reach drug users
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

No pay-to-play in the Cook County assessor's office
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Dorothy Brown’s office debuts upgrade to criminal court computers to wide ridicule
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Chicago Tribune

What's happening to Chicago's safety-net hospitals?
Monday, November 25, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Health CEO ousted by board
Friday, November 22, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County OKs suburban infrastructure funding
Friday, November 22, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Health CEO out at the end of 2019 after hospital system opts against renewing his contract
Friday, November 22, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board greenlights 2020 budget
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Former friary to ‘revert to its natural state’ under Cook County Forest Preserve District
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Daily Southtown

Federal Prosecutors to Participate in ‘Project Guardian’ to Target Chicago Gun Crime
Thursday, November 21, 2019
WTTW News

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP