Bill Text: IL SB2084 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Property Tax Code. Makes structural changes concerning homestead exemptions by creating separate divisions for homestead exemptions in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants. Effective January 1, 2018.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-31 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [SB2084 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2084-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning revenue.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Property Tax Code is amended by renumbering
5Section 15-174, by changing Sections 9-275, 15-167, 15-168,
615-169, 15-170, 15-172, 15-173, 15-175, 15-176, 15-177, and
715-180, by adding Division headings to Division 20 of Article
810, Division 1 of Article 15, and Division 2 of Article 15, and
9by adding Sections 15-13 and 15-163 and Division 3 of Article
1015 as follows:
11 (35 ILCS 200/9-275)
12 Sec. 9-275. Erroneous homestead exemptions.
13 (a) For purposes of this Section:
14 "Erroneous homestead exemption" means a homestead
15exemption that was granted for real property in a taxable year
16if the property was not eligible for that exemption in that
17taxable year. If the taxpayer receives an erroneous homestead
18exemption under a single Section of this Code for the same
19property in multiple years, that exemption is considered a
20single erroneous homestead exemption for purposes of this
21Section. However, if the taxpayer receives erroneous homestead
22exemptions under multiple Sections of this Code for the same
23property, or if the taxpayer receives erroneous homestead

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1exemptions under the same Section of this Code for multiple
2properties, then each of those exemptions is considered a
3separate erroneous homestead exemption for purposes of this
4Section.
5 "Homestead exemption" means an exemption under Division 2
6of Article 15 of this Code Section 15-165 (veterans with
7disabilities), 15-167 (returning veterans), 15-168 (persons
8with disabilities), 15-169 (standard homestead for veterans
9with disabilities), 15-170 (senior citizens), 15-172 (senior
10citizens assessment freeze), 15-175 (general homestead),
1115-176 (alternative general homestead), or 15-177 (long-time
12occupant).
13 "Erroneous exemption principal amount" means the total
14difference between the property taxes actually billed to a
15property index number and the amount of property taxes that
16would have been billed but for the erroneous exemption or
17exemptions.
18 "Taxpayer" means the property owner or leasehold owner that
19erroneously received a homestead exemption upon property.
20 (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in counties
21with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the chief county assessment
22officer shall include the following information with each
23assessment notice sent in a general assessment year: (1) a list
24of each homestead exemption available under Article 15 of this
25Code and a description of the eligibility criteria for that
26exemption; (2) a list of each homestead exemption applied to

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1the property in the current assessment year; (3) information
2regarding penalties and interest that may be incurred under
3this Section if the taxpayer received an erroneous homestead
4exemption in a previous taxable year; and (4) notice of the
560-day grace period available under this subsection. If, within
660 days after receiving his or her assessment notice, the
7taxpayer notifies the chief county assessment officer that he
8or she received an erroneous homestead exemption in a previous
9taxable year, and if the taxpayer pays the erroneous exemption
10principal amount, plus interest as provided in subsection (f),
11then the taxpayer shall not be liable for the penalties
12provided in subsection (f) with respect to that exemption.
13 (c) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, when
14the chief county assessment officer determines that one or more
15erroneous homestead exemptions was applied to the property, the
16erroneous exemption principal amount, together with all
17applicable interest and penalties as provided in subsections
18(f) and (j), shall constitute a lien in the name of the People
19of Cook County on the property receiving the erroneous
20homestead exemption. Upon becoming aware of the existence of
21one or more erroneous homestead exemptions, the chief county
22assessment officer shall cause to be served, by both regular
23mail and certified mail, a notice of discovery as set forth in
24subsection (c-5). The chief county assessment officer in a
25county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants may cause a lien to
26be recorded against property that (1) is located in the county

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1and (2) received one or more erroneous homestead exemptions if,
2upon determination of the chief county assessment officer, the
3taxpayer received: (A) one or 2 erroneous homestead exemptions
4for real property, including at least one erroneous homestead
5exemption granted for the property against which the lien is
6sought, during any of the 3 collection years immediately prior
7to the current collection year in which the notice of discovery
8is served; or (B) 3 or more erroneous homestead exemptions for
9real property, including at least one erroneous homestead
10exemption granted for the property against which the lien is
11sought, during any of the 6 collection years immediately prior
12to the current collection year in which the notice of discovery
13is served. Prior to recording the lien against the property,
14the chief county assessment officer shall cause to be served,
15by both regular mail and certified mail, return receipt
16requested, on the person to whom the most recent tax bill was
17mailed and the owner of record, a notice of intent to record a
18lien against the property. The chief county assessment officer
19shall cause the notice of intent to record a lien to be served
20within 3 years from the date on which the notice of discovery
21was served.
22 (c-5) The notice of discovery described in subsection (c)
23shall: (1) identify, by property index number, the property for
24which the chief county assessment officer has knowledge
25indicating the existence of an erroneous homestead exemption;
26(2) set forth the taxpayer's liability for principal, interest,

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1penalties, and administrative costs including, but not limited
2to, recording fees described in subsection (f); (3) inform the
3taxpayer that he or she will be served with a notice of intent
4to record a lien within 3 years from the date of service of the
5notice of discovery; (4) inform the taxpayer that he or she may
6pay the outstanding amount, plus interest, penalties, and
7administrative costs at any time prior to being served with the
8notice of intent to record a lien or within 30 days after the
9notice of intent to record a lien is served; and (5) inform the
10taxpayer that, if the taxpayer provided notice to the chief
11county assessment officer as provided in subsection (d-1) of
12Section 15-175 of this Code, upon submission by the taxpayer of
13evidence of timely notice and receipt thereof by the chief
14county assessment officer, the chief county assessment officer
15will withdraw the notice of discovery and reissue a notice of
16discovery in compliance with this Section in which the taxpayer
17is not liable for interest and penalties for the current tax
18year in which the notice was received.
19 For the purposes of this subsection (c-5):
20 "Collection year" means the year in which the first and
21second installment of the current tax year is billed.
22 "Current tax year" means the year prior to the collection
23year.
24 (d) The notice of intent to record a lien described in
25subsection (c) shall: (1) identify, by property index number,
26the property against which the lien is being sought; (2)

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1identify each specific homestead exemption that was
2erroneously granted and the year or years in which each
3exemption was granted; (3) set forth the erroneous exemption
4principal amount due and the interest amount and any penalty
5and administrative costs due; (4) inform the taxpayer that he
6or she may request a hearing within 30 days after service and
7may appeal the hearing officer's ruling to the circuit court;
8(5) inform the taxpayer that he or she may pay the erroneous
9exemption principal amount, plus interest and penalties,
10within 30 days after service; and (6) inform the taxpayer that,
11if the lien is recorded against the property, the amount of the
12lien will be adjusted to include the applicable recording fee
13and that fees for recording a release of the lien shall be
14incurred by the taxpayer. A lien shall not be filed pursuant to
15this Section if the taxpayer pays the erroneous exemption
16principal amount, plus penalties and interest, within 30 days
17of service of the notice of intent to record a lien.
18 (e) The notice of intent to record a lien shall also
19include a form that the taxpayer may return to the chief county
20assessment officer to request a hearing. The taxpayer may
21request a hearing by returning the form within 30 days after
22service. The hearing shall be held within 90 days after the
23taxpayer is served. The chief county assessment officer shall
24promulgate rules of service and procedure for the hearing. The
25chief county assessment officer must generally follow rules of
26evidence and practices that prevail in the county circuit

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1courts, but, because of the nature of these proceedings, the
2chief county assessment officer is not bound by those rules in
3all particulars. The chief county assessment officer shall
4appoint a hearing officer to oversee the hearing. The taxpayer
5shall be allowed to present evidence to the hearing officer at
6the hearing. After taking into consideration all the relevant
7testimony and evidence, the hearing officer shall make an
8administrative decision on whether the taxpayer was
9erroneously granted a homestead exemption for the taxable year
10in question. The taxpayer may appeal the hearing officer's
11ruling to the circuit court of the county where the property is
12located as a final administrative decision under the
13Administrative Review Law.
14 (f) A lien against the property imposed under this Section
15shall be filed with the county recorder of deeds, but may not
16be filed sooner than 60 days after the notice of intent to
17record a lien was delivered to the taxpayer if the taxpayer
18does not request a hearing, or until the conclusion of the
19hearing and all appeals if the taxpayer does request a hearing.
20If a lien is filed pursuant to this Section and the taxpayer
21received one or 2 erroneous homestead exemptions during any of
22the 3 collection years immediately prior to the current
23collection year in which the notice of discovery is served,
24then the erroneous exemption principal amount, plus 10%
25interest per annum or portion thereof from the date the
26erroneous exemption principal amount would have become due if

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1properly included in the tax bill, shall be charged against the
2property by the chief county assessment officer. However, if a
3lien is filed pursuant to this Section and the taxpayer
4received 3 or more erroneous homestead exemptions during any of
5the 6 collection years immediately prior to the current
6collection year in which the notice of discovery is served, the
7erroneous exemption principal amount, plus a penalty of 50% of
8the total amount of the erroneous exemption principal amount
9for that property and 10% interest per annum or portion thereof
10from the date the erroneous exemption principal amount would
11have become due if properly included in the tax bill, shall be
12charged against the property by the chief county assessment
13officer. If a lien is filed pursuant to this Section, the
14taxpayer shall not be liable for interest that accrues between
15the date the notice of discovery is served and the date the
16lien is filed. Before recording the lien with the county
17recorder of deeds, the chief county assessment officer shall
18adjust the amount of the lien to add administrative costs,
19including but not limited to the applicable recording fee, to
20the total lien amount.
21 (g) If a person received an erroneous homestead exemption
22under Section 15-170 and: (1) the person was the spouse, child,
23grandchild, brother, sister, niece, or nephew of the previous
24taxpayer; and (2) the person received the property by bequest
25or inheritance; then the person is not liable for the penalties
26imposed under this Section for any year or years during which

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1the chief county assessment officer did not require an annual
2application for the exemption. However, that person is
3responsible for any interest owed under subsection (f).
4 (h) If the erroneous homestead exemption was granted as a
5result of a clerical error or omission on the part of the chief
6county assessment officer, and if the taxpayer has paid the tax
7bills as received for the year in which the error occurred,
8then the interest and penalties authorized by this Section with
9respect to that homestead exemption shall not be chargeable to
10the taxpayer. However, nothing in this Section shall prevent
11the collection of the erroneous exemption principal amount due
12and owing.
13 (i) A lien under this Section is not valid as to (1) any
14bona fide purchaser for value without notice of the erroneous
15homestead exemption whose rights in and to the underlying
16parcel arose after the erroneous homestead exemption was
17granted but before the filing of the notice of lien; or (2) any
18mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor whose rights in
19and to the underlying parcel arose before the filing of the
20notice of lien. A title insurance policy for the property that
21is issued by a title company licensed to do business in the
22State showing that the property is free and clear of any liens
23imposed under this Section shall be prima facie evidence that
24the taxpayer is without notice of the erroneous homestead
25exemption. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to impair
26the rights of subsequent creditors and subsequent purchasers

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1under Section 30 of the Conveyances Act.
2 (j) When a lien is filed against the property pursuant to
3this Section, the chief county assessment officer shall mail a
4copy of the lien to the person to whom the most recent tax bill
5was mailed and to the owner of record, and the outstanding
6liability created by such a lien is due and payable within 30
7days after the mailing of the lien by the chief county
8assessment officer. This liability is deemed delinquent and
9shall bear interest beginning on the day after the due date at
10a rate of 1.5% per month or portion thereof. Payment shall be
11made to the county treasurer. Upon receipt of the full amount
12due, as determined by the chief county assessment officer, the
13county treasurer shall distribute the amount paid as provided
14in subsection (k). Upon presentment by the taxpayer to the
15chief county assessment officer of proof of payment of the
16total liability, the chief county assessment officer shall
17provide in reasonable form a release of the lien. The release
18of the lien provided shall clearly inform the taxpayer that it
19is the responsibility of the taxpayer to record the lien
20release form with the county recorder of deeds and to pay any
21applicable recording fees.
22 (k) The county treasurer shall pay collected erroneous
23exemption principal amounts, pro rata, to the taxing districts,
24or their legal successors, that levied upon the subject
25property in the taxable year or years for which the erroneous
26homestead exemptions were granted, except as set forth in this

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1Section. The county treasurer shall deposit collected
2penalties and interest into a special fund established by the
3county treasurer to offset the costs of administration of the
4provisions of this Section by the chief county assessment
5officer's office, as appropriated by the county board. If the
6costs of administration of this Section exceed the amount of
7interest and penalties collected in the special fund, the chief
8county assessor shall be reimbursed by each taxing district or
9their legal successors for those costs. Such costs shall be
10paid out of the funds collected by the county treasurer on
11behalf of each taxing district pursuant to this Section.
12 (l) The chief county assessment officer in a county with
133,000,000 or more inhabitants shall establish an amnesty period
14for all taxpayers owing any tax due to an erroneous homestead
15exemption granted in a tax year prior to the 2013 tax year. The
16amnesty period shall begin on the effective date of this
17amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly and shall run
18through December 31, 2013. If, during the amnesty period, the
19taxpayer pays the entire arrearage of taxes due for tax years
20prior to 2013, the county clerk shall abate and not seek to
21collect any interest or penalties that may be applicable and
22shall not seek civil or criminal prosecution for any taxpayer
23for tax years prior to 2013. Failure to pay all such taxes due
24during the amnesty period established under this Section shall
25invalidate the amnesty period for that taxpayer.
26 The chief county assessment officer in a county with

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13,000,000 or more inhabitants shall (i) mail notice of the
2amnesty period with the tax bills for the second installment of
3taxes for the 2012 assessment year and (ii) as soon as possible
4after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th
5General Assembly, publish notice of the amnesty period in a
6newspaper of general circulation in the county. Notices shall
7include information on the amnesty period, its purpose, and the
8method by which to make payment.
9 Taxpayers who are a party to any criminal investigation or
10to any civil or criminal litigation that is pending in any
11circuit court or appellate court, or in the Supreme Court of
12this State, for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation
13to any property tax imposed by any taxing district located in
14the State on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the
1598th General Assembly may not take advantage of the amnesty
16period.
17 A taxpayer who has claimed 3 or more homestead exemptions
18in error shall not be eligible for the amnesty period
19established under this subsection.
20(Source: P.A. 98-93, eff. 7-16-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14;
2198-811, eff. 1-1-15; 98-1143, eff. 1-1-15; 99-143, eff.
227-27-15; 99-851, eff. 8-19-16.)
23 (35 ILCS 200/Art. 10 Div. 20 heading new)
24
Division 20. Community stabilization assessment freeze pilot
25
program

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1 (35 ILCS 200/10-800) (was 35 ILCS 200/15-174)
2 Sec. 10-800 15-174. Community stabilization assessment
3freeze pilot program.
4 (a) Beginning January 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2029, the
5chief county assessment officer of any county may reduce the
6assessed value of improvements to residential real property in
7accordance with subsection (b) for 10 taxable years after the
8improvements are put in service, if and only if all of the
9following factors have been met:
10 (1) the improvements are residential;
11 (2) the parcel was purchased or otherwise conveyed to
12 the taxpayer after January 1 of the taxable year and that
13 conveyance was not a tax sale as required under the
14 Property Tax Code;
15 (3) the parcel is located in a targeted area;
16 (4) for single family homes, the taxpayer occupies the
17 improvements on the parcel as his or her primary residence;
18 for residences of one to 6 units that will not be
19 owner-occupied, the taxpayer replaces 2 primary building
20 systems as outlined in this Section;
21 (5) the transfer from the holder of the prior mortgage
22 to the taxpayer was an arm's length transaction, in that
23 the taxpayer has no legal relationship to the holder of the
24 prior mortgage;
25 (6) an existing residential dwelling structure of no

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1 more than 6 units on the parcel was unoccupied at the time
2 of conveyance for a minimum of 6 months, or the parcel was
3 ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction to be
4 deconverted in accordance with the provisions governing
5 distressed condominiums as provided in the Condominium
6 Property Act;
7 (7) the parcel is clear of unreleased liens and has no
8 outstanding tax liabilities attached against it; and
9 (8) the purchase price did not exceed the Federal
10 Housing Administration's loan limits then in place for the
11 area in which the improvement is located.
12 To be eligible for the benefit conferred by this Section,
13residential units must (i) meet local building codes, or if
14there are no local building codes, Housing Quality Standards,
15as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
16Development from time to time and (ii) be owner-occupied or in
17need of substantial rehabilitation. "Substantial
18rehabilitation" means, at a minimum, compliance with local
19building codes and the replacement or renovation of at least 2
20primary building systems. Although the cost of each primary
21building system may vary, the combined expenditure for making
22the building compliant with local codes and replacing primary
23building systems must be at least $5 per square foot, adjusted
24by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as
25published annually by the U.S. Department of Labor. "Primary
26building systems", together with their related

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1rehabilitations, specifically approved for this program are:
2 (1) Electrical. All electrical work must comply with
3 applicable codes; it may consist of a combination of any of
4 the following alternatives:
5 (A) installing individual equipment and appliance
6 branch circuits as required by code (the minimum being
7 a kitchen appliance branch circuit);
8 (B) installing a new emergency service, including
9 emergency lighting with all associated conduits and
10 wiring;
11 (C) rewiring all existing feeder conduits ("home
12 runs") from the main switchgear to apartment area
13 distribution panels;
14 (D) installing new in-wall conduits for
15 receptacles, switches, appliances, equipment, and
16 fixtures;
17 (E) replacing power wiring for receptacles,
18 switches, appliances, equipment, and fixtures;
19 (F) installing new light fixtures throughout the
20 building including closets and central areas;
21 (G) replacing, adding, or doing work as necessary
22 to bring all receptacles, switches, and other
23 electrical devices into code compliance;
24 (H) installing a new main service, including
25 conduit, cables into the building, and main disconnect
26 switch; and

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1 (I) installing new distribution panels, including
2 all panel wiring, terminals, circuit breakers, and all
3 other panel devices.
4 (2) Heating. All heating work must comply with
5 applicable codes; it may consist of a combination of any of
6 the following alternatives:
7 (A) installing a new system to replace one of the
8 following heat distribution systems: (i) piping and
9 heat radiating units, including new main line venting
10 and radiator venting; or (ii) duct work, diffusers, and
11 cold air returns; or (iii) any other type of existing
12 heat distribution and radiation/diffusion components;
13 or
14 (B) installing a new system to replace one of the
15 following heat generating units: (i) hot water/steam
16 boiler; (ii) gas furnace; or (iii) any other type of
17 existing heat generating unit.
18 (3) Plumbing. All plumbing work must comply with
19 applicable codes. Replace all or a part of the in-wall
20 supply and waste plumbing; however, main supply risers,
21 waste stacks and vents, and code-conforming waste lines
22 need not be replaced.
23 (4) Roofing. All roofing work must comply with
24 applicable codes; it may consist of either of the following
25 alternatives, separately or in combination:
26 (A) replacing all rotted roof decks and

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1 insulation; or
2 (B) replacing or repairing leaking roof membranes
3 (10% is the suggested minimum replacement of
4 membrane); restoration of the entire roof is an
5 acceptable substitute for membrane replacement.
6 (5) Exterior doors and windows. Replace the exterior
7 doors and windows. Renovation of ornate entry doors is an
8 acceptable substitute for replacement.
9 (6) Floors, walls, and ceilings. Finishes must be
10 replaced or covered over with new material. Acceptable
11 replacement or covering materials are as follows:
12 (A) floors must have new carpeting, vinyl tile,
13 ceramic, refurbished wood finish, or a similar
14 substitute;
15 (B) walls must have new drywall, including joint
16 taping and painting; or
17 (C) new ceilings must be either drywall, suspended
18 type, or a similar substitute.
19 (7) Exterior walls.
20 (A) replace loose or crumbling mortar and masonry
21 with new material;
22 (B) replace or paint wall siding and trim as
23 needed;
24 (C) bring porches and balconies to a sound
25 condition; or
26 (D) any combination of (A), (B), and (C).

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1 (8) Elevators. Where applicable, at least 4 of the
2 following 7 alternatives must be accomplished:
3 (A) replace or rebuild the machine room controls
4 and refurbish the elevator machine (or equivalent
5 mechanisms in the case of hydraulic elevators);
6 (B) replace hoistway electro-mechanical items
7 including: ropes, switches, limits, buffers, levelers,
8 and deflector sheaves (or equivalent mechanisms in the
9 case of hydraulic elevators);
10 (C) replace hoistway wiring;
11 (D) replace door operators and linkage;
12 (E) replace door panels at each opening;
13 (F) replace hall stations, car stations, and
14 signal fixtures; or
15 (G) rebuild the car shell and refinish the
16 interior.
17 (9) Health and safety.
18 (A) install or replace fire suppression systems;
19 (B) install or replace security systems; or
20 (C) environmental remediation of lead-based paint,
21 asbestos, leaking underground storage tanks, or radon.
22 (10) Energy conservation improvements undertaken to
23 limit the amount of solar energy absorbed by a building's
24 roof or to reduce energy use for the property, including
25 any of the following activities:
26 (A) installing or replacing reflective roof

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1 coatings (flat roofs);
2 (B) installing or replacing R-38 roof insulation;
3 (C) installing or replacing R-19 perimeter wall
4 insulation;
5 (D) installing or replacing insulated entry doors;
6 (E) installing or replacing Low E, insulated
7 windows;
8 (F) installing or replacing low-flow plumbing
9 fixtures;
10 (G) installing or replacing 90% sealed combustion
11 heating systems;
12 (H) installing or replacing direct exhaust hot
13 water heaters;
14 (I) installing or replacing mechanical ventilation
15 to exterior for kitchens and baths;
16 (J) installing or replacing Energy Star
17 appliances;
18 (K) installing low VOC interior paints on interior
19 finishes;
20 (L) installing or replacing fluorescent lighting
21 in common areas; or
22 (M) installing or replacing grading and
23 landscaping to promote on-site water retention.
24 (b) For the first 7 years after the improvements are placed
25in service, the assessed value of the improvements shall be
26reduced by an amount equal to 90% of the difference between the

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1base year assessed value of the improvements and the assessed
2value of the improvements in the current taxable year. The
3property will continue to be eligible for the benefits under
4this Section in the eighth and ninth taxable years after the
5improvements are placed in service, calculated as follows, if
6and only if all of the factors in subsection (a) of this
7Section continue to be met: in the eighth taxable year, the
8assessed value of the improvements shall be reduced by an
9amount equal to 65% of the difference between the base year
10assessed value of the improvements and the assessed value of
11the improvements in the current taxable year, and in the ninth
12taxable year, the assessed value of the improvements shall be
13reduced by an amount equal to 35% of the difference between the
14base year assessed value of the improvements and the assessed
15value of the improvements in the current taxable year. The
16benefit will cease in the tenth taxable year.
17 (c) In order to receive benefits under this Section, in
18addition to any information required by the chief county
19assessment officer, the taxpayer must also submit the following
20information to the chief county assessment officer for review:
21 (1) the owner's name;
22 (2) the postal address and permanent index number of
23 the parcel;
24 (3) a deed or other instrument conveying the parcel to
25 the current owner;
26 (4) evidence that the purchase price is within the

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1 Federal Housing Administration's loan limits for the area
2 in which the improvement is located;
3 (5) certification that the parcel was unoccupied at the
4 time of conveyance to the current owner for a minimum of at
5 least 6 months;
6 (6) evidence that the parcel is clear of unreleased
7 liens and has no outstanding tax liabilities attached
8 against it;
9 (7) evidence that the improvements meet local building
10 codes, or if there are no local building codes, Housing
11 Quality Standards, as determined by the U.S. Department of
12 Housing and Urban Development from time to time, which may
13 be shown by a certificate of occupancy issued by the
14 appropriate local government or the certification by a home
15 inspector licensed by the State of Illinois; and
16 (8) any additional information as reasonably required
17 by the chief county assessment officer.
18 (d) The chief county assessment officer shall notify the
19taxpayer as to whether or not the parcel meets the requirements
20of this Section. If the parcel does not meet the requirements
21of this Section, the chief county assessment officer shall
22provide written notice of any deficiencies to the taxpayer, who
23will then have 14 days from the date of notification to provide
24supplemental information showing compliance with this Section.
25If the taxpayer does not exercise this right to cure the
26deficiency, or if the information submitted, in the sole

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1judgment of the chief county assessment officer, is
2insufficient to meet the requirements of this Section, the
3chief county assessment officer shall provide a written
4explanation of the reasons for denial. A taxpayer may
5subsequently reapply for the benefit if the deficiencies are
6cured at a later date, but no later than 2019. The chief county
7assessment officer may charge a reasonable application fee to
8offset the administrative expenses associated with the
9program.
10 (e) The benefit conferred by this Section is limited as
11follows:
12 (1) The owner is eligible to apply for the benefit
13 conferred by this Section beginning January 1, 2015 through
14 December 31, 2019. If approved, the reduction will be
15 effective for the current taxable year, which will be
16 reflected in the tax bill issued in the following taxable
17 year.
18 (2) The reduction outlined in this Section shall
19 continue for a period of 10 years, and may not be extended
20 or renewed for any additional period.
21 (3) At the completion of the assessment freeze period
22 described here, the entire parcel will be assessed as
23 otherwise provided in this Code.
24 (4) If there is a transfer of ownership during the
25 period of the assessment freeze, then the benefit conferred
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1 that transfer unless (i) the property is conveyed by an
2 owner who does not occupy the improvements as a primary
3 residence to an owner who will occupy the improvements as a
4 primary residence and (ii) all requirements of this Section
5 continue to be met.
6 (f) If the taxpayer does not occupy or intend to occupy the
7residential dwelling as his or her principal residence within a
8reasonable time, as determined by the chief county assessment
9officer, the taxpayer must:
10 (1) immediately secure the residential dwelling in
11 accordance with the requirements of this Section;
12 (2) complete sufficient rehabilitation to bring the
13 improvements into compliance with local building codes,
14 including, without limitation, regulations concerning
15 lead-based paint and asbestos remediation; and
16 (3) complete rehabilitation within 18 months of
17 conveyance.
18 (g) For the purposes of this Section,
19 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
20 year in which the property is purchased by the eligible
21 homeowner.
22 "Secure" means that:
23 (1) all doors and windows are closed and secured
24 using secure doors, windows without broken or cracked
25 panes, commercial-quality metal security panels filled
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1 plywood installed and secured in accordance with local
2 ordinances; at least one building entrance shall be
3 accessible from the exterior and secured with a door
4 that is locked to allow access only to authorized
5 persons;
6 (2) all grass and weeds on the vacant residential
7 property are maintained below 10 inches in height,
8 unless a local ordinance imposes a lower height;
9 (3) debris, trash, and litter on any portion of the
10 exterior of the vacant residential property is removed
11 in compliance with local ordinance;
12 (4) fences, gates, stairs, and steps that lead to
13 the main entrance of the building are maintained in a
14 structurally sound and reasonable manner;
15 (5) the property is winterized when appropriate;
16 (6) the exterior of the improvements are
17 reasonably maintained to ensure the safety of
18 passersby; and
19 (7) vermin and pests are regularly exterminated on
20 the exterior and interior of the property.
21 "Targeted area" means a distressed community that
22 meets the geographic, poverty, and unemployment criteria
23 for a distressed community set forth in 12 C.F.R. 1806.200.
24(Source: P.A. 98-789, eff. 1-1-15.)
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1
Division 1. Non-homestead exemptions in all counties
2 (35 ILCS 200/15-13 new)
3 Sec. 15-13. Applicability. This Division 1 applies in all
4counties and encompasses this Section and Sections occurring
5after this Section and prior to Section 15-163.
6 (35 ILCS 200/Art. 15 Div. 2 heading new)
7
Division 2. Homestead exemptions in counties of 3,000,000 or
8
more inhabitants
9 (35 ILCS 200/15-163 new)
10 Sec. 15-163. Applicability. This Division 2 applies in
11counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and encompasses
12this Section and Sections occurring after this Section and
13prior to Section 15-261.
14 (35 ILCS 200/15-167)
15 Sec. 15-167. Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption.
16 (a) Beginning with taxable year 2007, a homestead
17exemption, limited to a reduction set forth under subsection
18(b), from the property's value, as equalized or assessed by the
19Department, is granted for property that is owned and occupied
20as the principal residence of a veteran returning from an armed
21conflict involving the armed forces of the United States who is
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1owner of record of the property or has a legal or equitable
2interest therein as evidenced by a written instrument, except
3for a leasehold interest, other than a leasehold interest of
4land on which a single family residence is located, which is
5occupied as the principal residence of a veteran returning from
6an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United
7States who has an ownership interest therein, legal, equitable
8or as a lessee, and on which he or she is liable for the payment
9of property taxes. For purposes of the exemption under this
10Section, "veteran" means an Illinois resident who has served as
11a member of the United States Armed Forces, a member of the
12Illinois National Guard, or a member of the United States
13Reserve Forces.
14 (b) The In all counties, the reduction is $5,000 for the
15taxable year in which the veteran returns from active duty in
16an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United
17States; however, if the veteran first acquires his or her
18principal residence during the taxable year in which he or she
19returns, but after January 1 of that year, and if the property
20is owned and occupied by the veteran as a principal residence
21on January 1 of the next taxable year, he or she may apply the
22exemption for the next taxable year, and only the next taxable
23year, after he or she returns. Beginning in taxable year 2010,
24the reduction shall also be allowed for the taxable year after
25the taxable year in which the veteran returns from active duty
26in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United

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1States. For land improved with an apartment building owned and
2operated as a cooperative, the maximum reduction from the value
3of the property, as equalized by the Department, must be
4multiplied by the number of apartments or units occupied by a
5veteran returning from an armed conflict involving the armed
6forces of the United States who is liable, by contract with the
7owner or owners of record, for paying property taxes on the
8property and is an owner of record of a legal or equitable
9interest in the cooperative apartment building, other than a
10leasehold interest. In a cooperative where a homestead
11exemption has been granted, the cooperative association or the
12management firm of the cooperative or facility shall credit the
13savings resulting from that exemption only to the apportioned
14tax liability of the owner or resident who qualified for the
15exemption. Any person who willfully refuses to so credit the
16savings is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
17 (c) Application must be made during the application period
18in effect for the county of his or her residence. The assessor
19or chief county assessment officer may determine the
20eligibility of residential property to receive the homestead
21exemption provided by this Section by application, visual
22inspection, questionnaire, or other reasonable methods. The
23determination must be made in accordance with guidelines
24established by the Department.
25 (d) The exemption under this Section is in addition to any
26other homestead exemption provided in this Article 15.

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1Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act, no
2reimbursement by the State is required for the implementation
3of any mandate created by this Section.
4(Source: P.A. 96-1288, eff. 7-26-10; 96-1418, eff. 8-2-10;
597-333, eff. 8-12-11.)
6 (35 ILCS 200/15-168)
7 Sec. 15-168. Homestead exemption for persons with
8disabilities.
9 (a) Beginning with taxable year 2007, an annual homestead
10exemption is granted to persons with disabilities in the amount
11of $2,000, except as provided in subsection (c), to be deducted
12from the property's value as equalized or assessed by the
13Department of Revenue. The person with a disability shall
14receive the homestead exemption upon meeting the following
15requirements:
16 (1) The property must be occupied as the primary
17 residence by the person with a disability.
18 (2) The person with a disability must be liable for
19 paying the real estate taxes on the property.
20 (3) The person with a disability must be an owner of
21 record of the property or have a legal or equitable
22 interest in the property as evidenced by a written
23 instrument. In the case of a leasehold interest in
24 property, the lease must be for a single family residence.
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1eligible to apply for this homestead exemption during that
2taxable year. Application must be made during the application
3period in effect for the county of residence. If a homestead
4exemption has been granted under this Section and the person
5awarded the exemption subsequently becomes a resident of a
6facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, the
7Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD
8Community Care Act, or the MC/DD Act, then the exemption shall
9continue (i) so long as the residence continues to be occupied
10by the qualifying person's spouse or (ii) if the residence
11remains unoccupied but is still owned by the person qualified
12for the homestead exemption.
13 (b) For the purposes of this Section, "person with a
14disability" means a person unable to engage in any substantial
15gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical
16or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death
17or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous
18period of not less than 12 months. Persons with disabilities
19filing claims under this Act shall submit proof of disability
20in such form and manner as the Department shall by rule and
21regulation prescribe. Proof that a claimant is eligible to
22receive disability benefits under the Federal Social Security
23Act shall constitute proof of disability for purposes of this
24Act. Issuance of an Illinois Person with a Disability
25Identification Card stating that the claimant is under a Class
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1Identification Card Act, shall constitute proof that the person
2named thereon is a person with a disability for purposes of
3this Act. A person with a disability not covered under the
4Federal Social Security Act and not presenting an Illinois
5Person with a Disability Identification Card stating that the
6claimant is under a Class 2 disability shall be examined by a
7physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant
8designated by the Department, and his status as a person with a
9disability determined using the same standards as used by the
10Social Security Administration. The costs of any required
11examination shall be borne by the claimant.
12 (c) For land improved with (i) an apartment building owned
13and operated as a cooperative or (ii) a life care facility as
14defined under Section 2 of the Life Care Facilities Act that is
15considered to be a cooperative, the maximum reduction from the
16value of the property, as equalized or assessed by the
17Department, shall be multiplied by the number of apartments or
18units occupied by a person with a disability. The person with a
19disability shall receive the homestead exemption upon meeting
20the following requirements:
21 (1) The property must be occupied as the primary
22 residence by the person with a disability.
23 (2) The person with a disability must be liable by
24 contract with the owner or owners of record for paying the
25 apportioned property taxes on the property of the
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1 care facility, the person with a disability must be liable
2 for paying the apportioned property taxes under a life care
3 contract as defined in Section 2 of the Life Care
4 Facilities Act.
5 (3) The person with a disability must be an owner of
6 record of a legal or equitable interest in the cooperative
7 apartment building. A leasehold interest does not meet this
8 requirement.
9If a homestead exemption is granted under this subsection, the
10cooperative association or management firm shall credit the
11savings resulting from the exemption to the apportioned tax
12liability of the qualifying person with a disability. The
13assessor chief county assessment officer may request
14reasonable proof that the association or firm has properly
15credited the exemption. A person who willfully refuses to
16credit an exemption to the qualified person with a disability
17is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
18 (d) The assessor chief county assessment officer shall
19determine the eligibility of property to receive the homestead
20exemption according to guidelines established by the
21Department. After a person has received an exemption under this
22Section, an annual verification of eligibility for the
23exemption shall be mailed to the taxpayer.
24 In counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, the
25chief county assessment officer shall provide to each person
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1designate any other person to receive a duplicate of any notice
2of delinquency in the payment of taxes assessed and levied
3under this Code on the person's qualifying property. The
4duplicate notice shall be in addition to the notice required to
5be provided to the person receiving the exemption and shall be
6given in the manner required by this Code. The person filing
7the request for the duplicate notice shall pay an
8administrative fee of $5 to the chief county assessment
9officer. The assessment officer shall then file the executed
10designation with the county collector, who shall issue the
11duplicate notices as indicated by the designation. A
12designation may be rescinded by the person with a disability in
13the manner required by the chief county assessment officer.
14 (e) A taxpayer who claims an exemption under Section 15-165
15or 15-169 may not claim an exemption under this Section.
16(Source: P.A. 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15;
1799-180, eff. 7-29-15; 99-581, eff. 1-1-17; 99-642, eff.
187-28-16.)
19 (35 ILCS 200/15-169)
20 Sec. 15-169. Homestead exemption for veterans with
21disabilities.
22 (a) Beginning with taxable year 2007, an annual homestead
23exemption, limited to the amounts set forth in subsections (b)
24and (b-3), is granted for property that is used as a qualified
25residence by a veteran with a disability.

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1 (b) For taxable years prior to 2015, the amount of the
2exemption under this Section is as follows:
3 (1) for veterans with a service-connected disability
4 of at least (i) 75% for exemptions granted in taxable years
5 2007 through 2009 and (ii) 70% for exemptions granted in
6 taxable year 2010 and each taxable year thereafter, as
7 certified by the United States Department of Veterans
8 Affairs, the annual exemption is $5,000; and
9 (2) for veterans with a service-connected disability
10 of at least 50%, but less than (i) 75% for exemptions
11 granted in taxable years 2007 through 2009 and (ii) 70% for
12 exemptions granted in taxable year 2010 and each taxable
13 year thereafter, as certified by the United States
14 Department of Veterans Affairs, the annual exemption is
15 $2,500.
16 (b-3) For taxable years 2015 and thereafter:
17 (1) if the veteran has a service connected disability
18 of 30% or more but less than 50%, as certified by the
19 United States Department of Veterans Affairs, then the
20 annual exemption is $2,500;
21 (2) if the veteran has a service connected disability
22 of 50% or more but less than 70%, as certified by the
23 United States Department of Veterans Affairs, then the
24 annual exemption is $5,000; and
25 (3) if the veteran has a service connected disability
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1 Department of Veterans Affairs, then the property is exempt
2 from taxation under this Code.
3 (b-5) If a homestead exemption is granted under this
4Section and the person awarded the exemption subsequently
5becomes a resident of a facility licensed under the Nursing
6Home Care Act or a facility operated by the United States
7Department of Veterans Affairs, then the exemption shall
8continue (i) so long as the residence continues to be occupied
9by the qualifying person's spouse or (ii) if the residence
10remains unoccupied but is still owned by the person who
11qualified for the homestead exemption.
12 (c) The tax exemption under this Section carries over to
13the benefit of the veteran's surviving spouse as long as the
14spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead,
15permanently resides thereon, and does not remarry. If the
16surviving spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed
17the amount granted from the most recent ad valorem tax roll may
18be transferred to his or her new residence as long as it is
19used as his or her primary residence and he or she does not
20remarry.
21 (c-1) Beginning with taxable year 2015, nothing in this
22Section shall require the veteran to have qualified for or
23obtained the exemption before death if the veteran was killed
24in the line of duty.
25 (d) The exemption under this Section applies for taxable
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1under Section 15-165 or 15-168 may not claim an exemption under
2this Section.
3 (e) Each taxpayer who has been granted an exemption under
4this Section must reapply on an annual basis. Application must
5be made during the application period in effect for the county
6of his or her residence. The assessor or chief county
7assessment officer may determine the eligibility of
8residential property to receive the homestead exemption
9provided by this Section by application, visual inspection,
10questionnaire, or other reasonable methods. The determination
11must be made in accordance with guidelines established by the
12Department.
13 (f) For the purposes of this Section:
14 "Qualified residence" means real property, but less any
15portion of that property that is used for commercial purposes,
16with an equalized assessed value of less than $250,000 that is
17the primary residence of a veteran with a disability. Property
18rented for more than 6 months is presumed to be used for
19commercial purposes.
20 "Veteran" means an Illinois resident who has served as a
21member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty or
22State active duty, a member of the Illinois National Guard, or
23a member of the United States Reserve Forces and who has
24received an honorable discharge.
25(Source: P.A. 98-1145, eff. 12-30-14; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15;
2699-375, eff. 8-17-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-170)
2 Sec. 15-170. Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption. An
3annual homestead exemption limited, except as described here
4with relation to cooperatives or life care facilities, to a
5maximum reduction set forth below from the property's value, as
6equalized or assessed by the Department, is granted for
7property that is occupied as a residence by a person 65 years
8of age or older who is liable for paying real estate taxes on
9the property and is an owner of record of the property or has a
10legal or equitable interest therein as evidenced by a written
11instrument, except for a leasehold interest, other than a
12leasehold interest of land on which a single family residence
13is located, which is occupied as a residence by a person 65
14years or older who has an ownership interest therein, legal,
15equitable or as a lessee, and on which he or she is liable for
16the payment of property taxes. Before taxable year 2004, the
17maximum reduction shall be $2,500 in counties with 3,000,000 or
18more inhabitants and $2,000 in all other counties. For taxable
19years 2004 through 2005, the maximum reduction shall be $3,000
20in all counties. For taxable years 2006 and 2007, the maximum
21reduction shall be $3,500. For taxable years 2008 through 2011,
22the maximum reduction is $4,000 in all counties. For taxable
23year 2012, the maximum reduction is $5,000 in counties with
243,000,000 or more inhabitants and $4,000 in all other counties.
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1$5,000 in all counties.
2 For land improved with an apartment building owned and
3operated as a cooperative, the maximum reduction from the value
4of the property, as equalized by the Department, shall be
5multiplied by the number of apartments or units occupied by a
6person 65 years of age or older who is liable, by contract with
7the owner or owners of record, for paying property taxes on the
8property and is an owner of record of a legal or equitable
9interest in the cooperative apartment building, other than a
10leasehold interest. For land improved with a life care
11facility, the maximum reduction from the value of the property,
12as equalized by the Department, shall be multiplied by the
13number of apartments or units occupied by persons 65 years of
14age or older, irrespective of any legal, equitable, or
15leasehold interest in the facility, who are liable, under a
16contract with the owner or owners of record of the facility,
17for paying property taxes on the property. In a cooperative or
18a life care facility where a homestead exemption has been
19granted, the cooperative association or the management firm of
20the cooperative or facility shall credit the savings resulting
21from that exemption only to the apportioned tax liability of
22the owner or resident who qualified for the exemption. Any
23person who willfully refuses to so credit the savings shall be
24guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Under this Section and
25Sections 15-175, 15-176, and 15-177, "life care facility" means
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1Act, with which the applicant for the homestead exemption has a
2life care contract as defined in that Act.
3 When a homestead exemption has been granted under this
4Section and the person qualifying subsequently becomes a
5resident of a facility licensed under the Assisted Living and
6Shared Housing Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized
7Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community
8Care Act, or the MC/DD Act, the exemption shall continue so
9long as the residence continues to be occupied by the
10qualifying person's spouse if the spouse is 65 years of age or
11older, or if the residence remains unoccupied but is still
12owned by the person qualified for the homestead exemption.
13 A person who will be 65 years of age during the current
14assessment year shall be eligible to apply for the homestead
15exemption during that assessment year. Application shall be
16made during the application period in effect for the county of
17his residence.
18 Beginning with assessment year 2003, for taxes payable in
192004, property that is first occupied as a residence after
20January 1 of any assessment year by a person who is eligible
21for the senior citizens homestead exemption under this Section
22must be granted a pro-rata exemption for the assessment year.
23The amount of the pro-rata exemption is the exemption allowed
24in the county under this Section divided by 365 and multiplied
25by the number of days during the assessment year the property
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1exemption under this Section. The assessor chief county
2assessment officer must adopt reasonable procedures to
3establish eligibility for this pro-rata exemption.
4 The assessor or chief county assessment officer may
5determine the eligibility of a life care facility to receive
6the benefits provided by this Section, by affidavit,
7application, visual inspection, questionnaire or other
8reasonable methods in order to insure that the tax savings
9resulting from the exemption are credited by the management
10firm to the apportioned tax liability of each qualifying
11resident. The assessor may request reasonable proof that the
12management firm has so credited the exemption.
13 The chief county assessment officer of each county with
14less than 3,000,000 inhabitants shall provide to each person
15allowed a homestead exemption under this Section a form to
16designate any other person to receive a duplicate of any notice
17of delinquency in the payment of taxes assessed and levied
18under this Code on the property of the person receiving the
19exemption. The duplicate notice shall be in addition to the
20notice required to be provided to the person receiving the
21exemption, and shall be given in the manner required by this
22Code. The person filing the request for the duplicate notice
23shall pay a fee of $5 to cover administrative costs to the
24supervisor of assessments, who shall then file the executed
25designation with the county collector. Notwithstanding any
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1such an executed designation requires the county collector to
2provide duplicate notices as indicated by the designation. A
3designation may be rescinded by the person who executed such
4designation at any time, in the manner and form required by the
5chief county assessment officer.
6 The assessor or chief county assessment officer may
7determine the eligibility of residential property to receive
8the homestead exemption provided by this Section by
9application, visual inspection, questionnaire or other
10reasonable methods. The determination shall be made in
11accordance with guidelines established by the Department.
12 Beginning In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants,
13beginning in taxable year 2010, each taxpayer who has been
14granted an exemption under this Section must reapply on an
15annual basis. The assessor chief county assessment officer
16shall mail the application to the taxpayer. In counties with
17less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, the county board may by
18resolution provide that if a person has been granted a
19homestead exemption under this Section, the person qualifying
20need not reapply for the exemption.
21 In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if the
22assessor or chief county assessment officer requires annual
23application for verification of eligibility for an exemption
24once granted under this Section, the application shall be
25mailed to the taxpayer.
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1notify each person who qualifies for an exemption under this
2Section that the person may also qualify for deferral of real
3estate taxes under the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral
4Act. The notice shall set forth the qualifications needed for
5deferral of real estate taxes, the address and telephone number
6of county collector, and a statement that applications for
7deferral of real estate taxes may be obtained from the county
8collector.
9 Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act,
10no reimbursement by the State is required for the
11implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
12(Source: P.A. 98-7, eff. 4-23-13; 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 98-756,
13eff. 7-16-14; 99-180, eff. 7-29-15.)
14 (35 ILCS 200/15-172)
15 Sec. 15-172. Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead
16Exemption.
17 (a) This Section may be cited as the Senior Citizens
18Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption.
19 (b) As used in this Section:
20 "Applicant" means an individual who has filed an
21application under this Section.
22 "Base amount" means the base year equalized assessed value
23of the residence plus the first year's equalized assessed value
24of any added improvements which increased the assessed value of
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1 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
2year for which the applicant first qualifies and applies for
3the exemption provided that in the prior taxable year the
4property was improved with a permanent structure that was
5occupied as a residence by the applicant who was liable for
6paying real property taxes on the property and who was either
7(i) an owner of record of the property or had legal or
8equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written
9instrument or (ii) had a legal or equitable interest as a
10lessee in the parcel of property that was single family
11residence. If in any subsequent taxable year for which the
12applicant applies and qualifies for the exemption the equalized
13assessed value of the residence is less than the equalized
14assessed value in the existing base year (provided that such
15equalized assessed value is not based on an assessed value that
16results from a temporary irregularity in the property that
17reduces the assessed value for one or more taxable years), then
18that subsequent taxable year shall become the base year until a
19new base year is established under the terms of this paragraph.
20For taxable year 1999 only, the assessor Chief County
21Assessment Officer shall review (i) all taxable years for which
22the applicant applied and qualified for the exemption and (ii)
23the existing base year. The assessor assessment officer shall
24select as the new base year the year with the lowest equalized
25assessed value. An equalized assessed value that is based on an
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1the property that reduces the assessed value for one or more
2taxable years shall not be considered the lowest equalized
3assessed value. The selected year shall be the base year for
4taxable year 1999 and thereafter until a new base year is
5established under the terms of this paragraph.
6 "Chief County Assessment Officer" means the County
7Assessor or Supervisor of Assessments of the county in which
8the property is located.
9 "Equalized assessed value" means the assessed value as
10equalized by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
11 "Household" means the applicant, the spouse of the
12applicant, and all persons using the residence of the applicant
13as their principal place of residence.
14 "Household income" means the combined income of the members
15of a household for the calendar year preceding the taxable
16year.
17 "Income" has the same meaning as provided in Section 3.07
18of the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property
19Tax Relief Act, except that, beginning in assessment year 2001,
20"income" does not include veteran's benefits.
21 "Internal Revenue Code of 1986" means the United States
22Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor law or laws
23relating to federal income taxes in effect for the year
24preceding the taxable year.
25 "Life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative" means
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1Act.
2 "Maximum income limitation" means:
3 (1) $35,000 prior to taxable year 1999;
4 (2) $40,000 in taxable years 1999 through 2003;
5 (3) $45,000 in taxable years 2004 through 2005;
6 (4) $50,000 in taxable years 2006 and 2007; and
7 (5) $55,000 in taxable year 2008 and thereafter.
8 "Residence" means the principal dwelling place and
9appurtenant structures used for residential purposes in this
10State occupied on January 1 of the taxable year by a household
11and so much of the surrounding land, constituting the parcel
12upon which the dwelling place is situated, as is used for
13residential purposes. If the assessor Chief County Assessment
14Officer has established a specific legal description for a
15portion of property constituting the residence, then that
16portion of property shall be deemed the residence for the
17purposes of this Section.
18 "Taxable year" means the calendar year during which ad
19valorem property taxes payable in the next succeeding year are
20levied.
21 (c) Beginning in taxable year 1994, a senior citizens
22assessment freeze homestead exemption is granted for real
23property that is improved with a permanent structure that is
24occupied as a residence by an applicant who (i) is 65 years of
25age or older during the taxable year, (ii) has a household
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1(iii) is liable for paying real property taxes on the property,
2and (iv) is an owner of record of the property or has a legal or
3equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written
4instrument. This homestead exemption shall also apply to a
5leasehold interest in a parcel of property improved with a
6permanent structure that is a single family residence that is
7occupied as a residence by a person who (i) is 65 years of age
8or older during the taxable year, (ii) has a household income
9that does not exceed the maximum income limitation, (iii) has a
10legal or equitable ownership interest in the property as
11lessee, and (iv) is liable for the payment of real property
12taxes on that property.
13 The In counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the
14amount of the exemption for all taxable years is the equalized
15assessed value of the residence in the taxable year for which
16application is made minus the base amount. In all other
17counties, the amount of the exemption is as follows: (i)
18through taxable year 2005 and for taxable year 2007 and
19thereafter, the amount of this exemption shall be the equalized
20assessed value of the residence in the taxable year for which
21application is made minus the base amount; and (ii) for taxable
22year 2006, the amount of the exemption is as follows:
23 (1) For an applicant who has a household income of
24 $45,000 or less, the amount of the exemption is the
25 equalized assessed value of the residence in the taxable
26 year for which application is made minus the base amount.

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1 (2) For an applicant who has a household income
2 exceeding $45,000 but not exceeding $46,250, the amount of
3 the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
4 residence in the taxable year for which application is made
5 minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.8.
6 (3) For an applicant who has a household income
7 exceeding $46,250 but not exceeding $47,500, the amount of
8 the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
9 residence in the taxable year for which application is made
10 minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.6.
11 (4) For an applicant who has a household income
12 exceeding $47,500 but not exceeding $48,750, the amount of
13 the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
14 residence in the taxable year for which application is made
15 minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.4.
16 (5) For an applicant who has a household income
17 exceeding $48,750 but not exceeding $50,000, the amount of
18 the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
19 residence in the taxable year for which application is made
20 minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.2.
21 When the applicant is a surviving spouse of an applicant
22for a prior year for the same residence for which an exemption
23under this Section has been granted, the base year and base
24amount for that residence are the same as for the applicant for
25the prior year.
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1the County Clerk, the Board of Review or Board of Appeals shall
2give to the County Clerk a list of the assessed values of
3improvements on each parcel qualifying for this exemption that
4were added after the base year for this parcel and that
5increased the assessed value of the property.
6 In the case of land improved with an apartment building
7owned and operated as a cooperative or a building that is a
8life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative, the maximum
9reduction from the equalized assessed value of the property is
10limited to the sum of the reductions calculated for each unit
11occupied as a residence by a person or persons (i) 65 years of
12age or older, (ii) with a household income that does not exceed
13the maximum income limitation, (iii) who is liable, by contract
14with the owner or owners of record, for paying real property
15taxes on the property, and (iv) who is an owner of record of a
16legal or equitable interest in the cooperative apartment
17building, other than a leasehold interest. In the instance of a
18cooperative where a homestead exemption has been granted under
19this Section, the cooperative association or its management
20firm shall credit the savings resulting from that exemption
21only to the apportioned tax liability of the owner who
22qualified for the exemption. Any person who willfully refuses
23to credit that savings to an owner who qualifies for the
24exemption is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
25 When a homestead exemption has been granted under this
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1licensed under the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the
2Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized Mental Health
3Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or
4the MC/DD Act, the exemption shall be granted in subsequent
5years so long as the residence (i) continues to be occupied by
6the qualified applicant's spouse or (ii) if remaining
7unoccupied, is still owned by the qualified applicant for the
8homestead exemption.
9 Beginning January 1, 1997, when an individual dies who
10would have qualified for an exemption under this Section, and
11the surviving spouse does not independently qualify for this
12exemption because of age, the exemption under this Section
13shall be granted to the surviving spouse for the taxable year
14preceding and the taxable year of the death, provided that,
15except for age, the surviving spouse meets all other
16qualifications for the granting of this exemption for those
17years.
18 When married persons maintain separate residences, the
19exemption provided for in this Section may be claimed by only
20one of such persons and for only one residence.
21 For taxable year 1994 only, in counties having less than
223,000,000 inhabitants, to receive the exemption, a person shall
23submit an application by February 15, 1995 to the Chief County
24Assessment Officer of the county in which the property is
25located. In counties having 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, for
26taxable year 1994 and all subsequent taxable years, to receive

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1the exemption, a person may submit an application to the
2assessor Chief County Assessment Officer of the county in which
3the property is located during such period as may be specified
4by the assessor Chief County Assessment Officer. The assessor
5Chief County Assessment Officer in counties of 3,000,000 or
6more inhabitants shall annually give notice of the application
7period by mail or by publication. In counties having less than
83,000,000 inhabitants, beginning with taxable year 1995 and
9thereafter, to receive the exemption, a person shall submit an
10application by July 1 of each taxable year to the Chief County
11Assessment Officer of the county in which the property is
12located. A county may, by ordinance, establish a date for
13submission of applications that is different than July 1. The
14applicant shall submit with the application an affidavit of the
15applicant's total household income, age, marital status (and if
16married the name and address of the applicant's spouse, if
17known), and principal dwelling place of members of the
18household on January 1 of the taxable year. The Department
19shall establish, by rule, a method for verifying the accuracy
20of affidavits filed by applicants under this Section, and the
21Chief County Assessment Officer may conduct audits of any
22taxpayer claiming an exemption under this Section to verify
23that the taxpayer is eligible to receive the exemption. Each
24application shall contain or be verified by a written
25declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury. A
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1perjury, as defined in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of
22012. The applications shall be clearly marked as applications
3for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption
4and must contain a notice that any taxpayer who receives the
5exemption is subject to an audit by the assessor Chief County
6Assessment Officer.
7 Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, in
8counties having fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an
9applicant fails to file the application required by this
10Section in a timely manner and this failure to file is due to a
11mental or physical condition sufficiently severe so as to
12render the applicant incapable of filing the application in a
13timely manner, the Chief County Assessment Officer may extend
14the filing deadline for a period of 30 days after the applicant
15regains the capability to file the application, but in no case
16may the filing deadline be extended beyond 3 months of the
17original filing deadline. In order to receive the extension
18provided in this paragraph, the applicant shall provide the
19Chief County Assessment Officer with a signed statement from
20the applicant's physician, advanced practice nurse, or
21physician assistant stating the nature and extent of the
22condition, that, in the physician's, advanced practice
23nurse's, or physician assistant's opinion, the condition was so
24severe that it rendered the applicant incapable of filing the
25application in a timely manner, and the date on which the
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1 Beginning January 1, 1998, notwithstanding any other
2provision to the contrary, in counties having fewer than
33,000,000 inhabitants, if an applicant fails to file the
4application required by this Section in a timely manner and
5this failure to file is due to a mental or physical condition
6sufficiently severe so as to render the applicant incapable of
7filing the application in a timely manner, the Chief County
8Assessment Officer may extend the filing deadline for a period
9of 3 months. In order to receive the extension provided in this
10paragraph, the applicant shall provide the Chief County
11Assessment Officer with a signed statement from the applicant's
12physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant
13stating the nature and extent of the condition, and that, in
14the physician's, advanced practice nurse's, or physician
15assistant's opinion, the condition was so severe that it
16rendered the applicant incapable of filing the application in a
17timely manner.
18 In counties having less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an
19applicant was denied an exemption in taxable year 1994 and the
20denial occurred due to an error on the part of an assessment
21official, or his or her agent or employee, then beginning in
22taxable year 1997 the applicant's base year, for purposes of
23determining the amount of the exemption, shall be 1993 rather
24than 1994. In addition, in taxable year 1997, the applicant's
25exemption shall also include an amount equal to (i) the amount
26of any exemption denied to the applicant in taxable year 1995

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1as a result of using 1994, rather than 1993, as the base year,
2(ii) the amount of any exemption denied to the applicant in
3taxable year 1996 as a result of using 1994, rather than 1993,
4as the base year, and (iii) the amount of the exemption
5erroneously denied for taxable year 1994.
6 For purposes of this Section, a person who will be 65 years
7of age during the current taxable year shall be eligible to
8apply for the homestead exemption during that taxable year.
9Application shall be made during the application period in
10effect for the county of his or her residence.
11 The assessor Chief County Assessment Officer may determine
12the eligibility of a life care facility that qualifies as a
13cooperative to receive the benefits provided by this Section by
14use of an affidavit, application, visual inspection,
15questionnaire, or other reasonable method in order to insure
16that the tax savings resulting from the exemption are credited
17by the management firm to the apportioned tax liability of each
18qualifying resident. The assessor Chief County Assessment
19Officer may request reasonable proof that the management firm
20has so credited that exemption.
21 Except as provided in this Section, all information
22received by the assessor chief county assessment officer or the
23Department from applications filed under this Section, or from
24any investigation conducted under the provisions of this
25Section, shall be confidential, except for official purposes or
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1local tax or enforcement of any civil or criminal penalty or
2sanction imposed by this Act or by any statute or ordinance
3imposing a State or local tax. Any person who divulges any such
4information in any manner, except in accordance with a proper
5judicial order, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
6 Nothing contained in this Section shall prevent the
7Director or assessor chief county assessment officer from
8publishing or making available reasonable statistics
9concerning the operation of the exemption contained in this
10Section in which the contents of claims are grouped into
11aggregates in such a way that information contained in any
12individual claim shall not be disclosed.
13 (d) Each assessor Chief County Assessment Officer shall
14annually publish a notice of availability of the exemption
15provided under this Section. The notice shall be published at
16least 60 days but no more than 75 days prior to the date on
17which the application must be submitted to the assessor Chief
18County Assessment Officer of the county in which the property
19is located. The notice shall appear in a newspaper of general
20circulation in the county.
21 Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act,
22no reimbursement by the State is required for the
23implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
24(Source: P.A. 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15;
2599-180, eff. 7-29-15; 99-581, eff. 1-1-17; 99-642, eff.
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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-173)
2 Sec. 15-173. Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption.
3 (a) This Section may be cited as the Natural Disaster
4Homestead Exemption.
5 (b) As used in this Section:
6 "Base amount" means the base year equalized assessed value
7of the residence.
8 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
9year in which the natural disaster occurred.
10 "Chief county assessment officer" means the County
11Assessor or Supervisor of Assessments of the county in which
12the property is located.
13 "Equalized assessed value" means the assessed value as
14equalized by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
15 "Homestead property" has the meaning ascribed to that term
16in Section 15-175 of this Code.
17 "Natural disaster" means an occurrence of widespread or
18severe damage or loss of property resulting from any
19catastrophic cause including but not limited to fire, flood,
20earthquake, wind, storm, or extended period of severe inclement
21weather. In the case of a residential structure affected by
22flooding, the structure shall not be eligible for this
23homestead improvement exemption unless it is located within a
24local jurisdiction which is participating in the National Flood
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1of the United States or Governor of the State of Illinois is
2not a prerequisite to the classification of an occurrence as a
3natural disaster under this Section.
4 (c) A homestead exemption shall be granted by the assessor
5chief county assessment officer for homestead properties
6containing a residential structure that has been rebuilt
7following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2012 or
8any taxable year thereafter. The amount of the exemption is the
9equalized assessed value of the residence in the first taxable
10year for which the taxpayer applies for an exemption under this
11Section minus the base amount. To be eligible for an exemption
12under this Section: (i) the residential structure must be
13rebuilt within 2 years after the date of the natural disaster;
14and (ii) the square footage of the rebuilt residential
15structure may not be more than 110% of the square footage of
16the original residential structure as it existed immediately
17prior to the natural disaster. The taxpayer's initial
18application for an exemption under this Section must be made no
19later than the first taxable year after the residential
20structure is rebuilt. The exemption shall continue at the same
21annual amount until the taxable year in which the property is
22sold or transferred.
23 (d) To receive the exemption, the taxpayer shall submit an
24application to the assessor chief county assessment officer of
25the county in which the property is located by July 1 of each
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1submission of applications that is different than July 1. The
2assessor chief county assessment officer may require
3additional documentation to be provided by the applicant. The
4applications shall be clearly marked as applications for the
5Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption.
6 (e) Property is not eligible for an exemption under this
7Section and Section 15-180 for the same natural disaster or
8catastrophic event. The property may, however, remain eligible
9for an additional exemption under Section 15-180 for any
10separate event occurring after the property qualified for an
11exemption under this Section.
12 (f) The exemption under this Section carries over to the
13benefit of the surviving spouse as long as the spouse holds the
14legal or beneficial title to the homestead and permanently
15resides thereon.
16 (g) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
17Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
18implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
19(Source: P.A. 97-716, eff. 6-29-12.)
20 (35 ILCS 200/15-175)
21 Sec. 15-175. General homestead exemption.
22 (a) Except as provided in Sections 15-176 and 15-177,
23homestead property is entitled to an annual homestead exemption
24limited, except as described here with relation to
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1homestead property equal to the increase in equalized assessed
2value for the current assessment year above the equalized
3assessed value of the property for 1977, up to the maximum
4reduction set forth below. If however, the 1977 equalized
5assessed value upon which taxes were paid is subsequently
6determined by local assessing officials, the Property Tax
7Appeal Board, or a court to have been excessive, the equalized
8assessed value which should have been placed on the property
9for 1977 shall be used to determine the amount of the
10exemption.
11 (b) Except as provided in Section 15-176, the maximum
12reduction before taxable year 2004 shall be $4,500 in counties
13with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $3,500 in all other
14counties. Except as provided in Sections 15-176 and 15-177, for
15taxable years 2004 through 2007, the maximum reduction shall be
16$5,000, for taxable year 2008, the maximum reduction is $5,500,
17and, for taxable years 2009 through 2011, the maximum reduction
18is $6,000 in all counties. For taxable years 2012 and
19thereafter, the maximum reduction is $7,000 in counties with
203,000,000 or more inhabitants and $6,000 in all other counties.
21If a county has elected to subject itself to the provisions of
22Section 15-176 as provided in subsection (k) of that Section,
23then, for the first taxable year only after the provisions of
24Section 15-176 no longer apply, for owners who, for the taxable
25year, have not been granted a senior citizens assessment freeze
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1occupant homestead exemption under Section 15-177, there shall
2be an additional exemption of $5,000 for owners with a
3household income of $30,000 or less.
4 (c) (Blank). In counties with fewer than 3,000,000
5inhabitants, if, based on the most recent assessment, the
6equalized assessed value of the homestead property for the
7current assessment year is greater than the equalized assessed
8value of the property for 1977, the owner of the property shall
9automatically receive the exemption granted under this Section
10in an amount equal to the increase over the 1977 assessment up
11to the maximum reduction set forth in this Section.
12 (d) If in any assessment year beginning with the 2000
13assessment year, homestead property has a pro-rata valuation
14under Section 9-180 resulting in an increase in the assessed
15valuation, a reduction in equalized assessed valuation equal to
16the increase in equalized assessed value of the property for
17the year of the pro-rata valuation above the equalized assessed
18value of the property for 1977 shall be applied to the property
19on a proportionate basis for the period the property qualified
20as homestead property during the assessment year. The maximum
21proportionate homestead exemption shall not exceed the maximum
22homestead exemption allowed in the county under this Section
23divided by 365 and multiplied by the number of days the
24property qualified as homestead property.
25 (d-1) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, where
26the chief county assessment officer provides a notice of

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1discovery, if a property is not occupied by its owner as a
2principal residence as of January 1 of the current tax year,
3then the property owner shall notify the chief county
4assessment officer of that fact on a form prescribed by the
5chief county assessment officer. That notice must be received
6by the chief county assessment officer on or before March 1 of
7the collection year. If mailed, the form shall be sent by
8certified mail, return receipt requested. If the form is
9provided in person, the chief county assessment officer shall
10provide a date stamped copy of the notice. Failure to provide
11timely notice pursuant to this subsection (d-1) shall result in
12the exemption being treated as an erroneous exemption. Upon
13timely receipt of the notice for the current tax year, no
14exemption shall be applied to the property for the current tax
15year. If the exemption is not removed upon timely receipt of
16the notice by the chief assessment officer, then the error is
17considered granted as a result of a clerical error or omission
18on the part of the chief county assessment officer as described
19in subsection (h) of Section 9-275, and the property owner
20shall not be liable for the payment of interest and penalties
21due to the erroneous exemption for the current tax year for
22which the notice was filed after the date that notice was
23timely received pursuant to this subsection. Notice provided
24under this subsection shall not constitute a defense or amnesty
25for prior year erroneous exemptions.
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1 "Collection year" means the year in which the first and
2second installment of the current tax year is billed.
3 "Current tax year" means the year prior to the collection
4year.
5 (e) The assessor chief county assessment officer may, when
6considering whether to grant a leasehold exemption under this
7Section, require the following conditions to be met:
8 (1) that a notarized application for the exemption,
9 signed by both the owner and the lessee of the property,
10 must be submitted each year during the application period
11 in effect for the county in which the property is located;
12 (2) that a copy of the lease must be filed with the
13 assessor chief county assessment officer by the owner of
14 the property at the time the notarized application is
15 submitted;
16 (3) that the lease must expressly state that the lessee
17 is liable for the payment of property taxes; and
18 (4) that the lease must include the following language
19 in substantially the following form:
20 "Lessee shall be liable for the payment of real
21 estate taxes with respect to the residence in
22 accordance with the terms and conditions of Section
23 15-175 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/15-175).
24 The permanent real estate index number for the premises
25 is (insert number), and, according to the most recent
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1 taxes associated with the premises is (insert amount)
2 per year. The parties agree that the monthly rent set
3 forth above shall be increased or decreased pro rata
4 (effective January 1 of each calendar year) to reflect
5 any increase or decrease in real estate taxes. Lessee
6 shall be deemed to be satisfying Lessee's liability for
7 the above mentioned real estate taxes with the monthly
8 rent payments as set forth above (or increased or
9 decreased as set forth herein).".
10 In addition, if there is a change in lessee, or if the
11lessee vacates the property, then the assessor chief county
12assessment officer may require the owner of the property to
13notify the assessor chief county assessment officer of that
14change.
15 This subsection (e) does not apply to leasehold interests
16in property owned by a municipality.
17 (f) "Homestead property" under this Section includes
18residential property that is occupied by its owner or owners as
19his or their principal dwelling place, or that is a leasehold
20interest on which a single family residence is situated, which
21is occupied as a residence by a person who has an ownership
22interest therein, legal or equitable or as a lessee, and on
23which the person is liable for the payment of property taxes.
24For land improved with an apartment building owned and operated
25as a cooperative or a building which is a life care facility as
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1under Section 15-170, the maximum reduction from the equalized
2assessed value shall be limited to the increase in the value
3above the equalized assessed value of the property for 1977, up
4to the maximum reduction set forth above, multiplied by the
5number of apartments or units occupied by a person or persons
6who is liable, by contract with the owner or owners of record,
7for paying property taxes on the property and is an owner of
8record of a legal or equitable interest in the cooperative
9apartment building, other than a leasehold interest. For
10purposes of this Section, the term "life care facility" has the
11meaning stated in Section 15-170.
12 "Household", as used in this Section, means the owner, the
13spouse of the owner, and all persons using the residence of the
14owner as their principal place of residence.
15 "Household income", as used in this Section, means the
16combined income of the members of a household for the calendar
17year preceding the taxable year.
18 "Income", as used in this Section, has the same meaning as
19provided in Section 3.07 of the Senior Citizens and Persons
20with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act, except that "income"
21does not include veteran's benefits.
22 (g) In a cooperative where a homestead exemption has been
23granted, the cooperative association or its management firm
24shall credit the savings resulting from that exemption only to
25the apportioned tax liability of the owner who qualified for
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1the savings shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
2 (h) Where married persons maintain and reside in separate
3residences qualifying as homestead property, each residence
4shall receive 50% of the total reduction in equalized assessed
5valuation provided by this Section.
6 (i) The In all counties, the assessor or chief county
7assessment officer may determine the eligibility of
8residential property to receive the homestead exemption and the
9amount of the exemption by application, visual inspection,
10questionnaire or other reasonable methods. The determination
11shall be made in accordance with guidelines established by the
12Department, provided that the taxpayer applying for an
13additional general exemption under this Section shall submit to
14the assessor chief county assessment officer an application
15with an affidavit of the applicant's total household income,
16age, marital status (and, if married, the name and address of
17the applicant's spouse, if known), and principal dwelling place
18of members of the household on January 1 of the taxable year.
19The Department shall issue guidelines establishing a method for
20verifying the accuracy of the affidavits filed by applicants
21under this paragraph. The applications shall be clearly marked
22as applications for the Additional General Homestead
23Exemption.
24 (i-5) This subsection (i-5) applies to counties with
253,000,000 or more inhabitants. In the event of a sale of
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1effect for the remainder of the assessment year of the sale.
2Upon receipt of a transfer declaration transmitted by the
3recorder pursuant to Section 31-30 of the Real Estate Transfer
4Tax Law for property receiving an exemption under this Section,
5the assessor shall mail a notice and forms to the new owner of
6the property providing information pertaining to the rules and
7applicable filing periods for applying or reapplying for
8homestead exemptions under this Code for which the property may
9be eligible. If the new owner fails to apply or reapply for a
10homestead exemption during the applicable filing period or the
11property no longer qualifies for an existing homestead
12exemption, the assessor shall cancel such exemption for any
13ensuing assessment year.
14 (j) (Blank). In counties with fewer than 3,000,000
15inhabitants, in the event of a sale of homestead property the
16homestead exemption shall remain in effect for the remainder of
17the assessment year of the sale. The assessor or chief county
18assessment officer may require the new owner of the property to
19apply for the homestead exemption for the following assessment
20year.
21 (k) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
22Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
23implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
24(Source: P.A. 98-7, eff. 4-23-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 99-143,
25eff. 7-27-15; 99-164, eff. 7-28-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16;
2699-851, eff. 8-19-16.)

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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-176)
2 Sec. 15-176. Alternative general homestead exemption.
3 (a) For the assessment years as determined under subsection
4(j), in any county that has elected, by an ordinance in
5accordance with subsection (k), to be subject to the provisions
6of this Section in lieu of the provisions of Section 15-175,
7homestead property is entitled to an annual homestead exemption
8equal to a reduction in the property's equalized assessed value
9calculated as provided in this Section.
10 (b) As used in this Section:
11 (1) "Assessor" means the supervisor of assessments or
12 the chief county assessment officer of each county.
13 (2) "Adjusted homestead value" means the lesser of the
14 following values:
15 (A) The property's base homestead value increased
16 by 7% for each tax year after the base year through and
17 including the current tax year, or, if the property is
18 sold or ownership is otherwise transferred, the
19 property's base homestead value increased by 7% for
20 each tax year after the year of the sale or transfer
21 through and including the current tax year. The
22 increase by 7% each year is an increase by 7% over the
23 prior year.
24 (B) The property's equalized assessed value for
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1 or $3,500 in all other counties in tax year 2003; (ii)
2 $5,000 in all counties in tax years 2004 and 2005; and
3 (iii) the lesser of the amount of the general homestead
4 exemption under Section 15-175 or an amount equal to
5 the increase in the equalized assessed value for the
6 current tax year above the equalized assessed value for
7 1977 in tax year 2006 and thereafter.
8 (3) "Base homestead value".
9 (A) Except as provided in subdivision (b)(3)(A-5)
10 or (b)(3)(B), "base homestead value" means the
11 equalized assessed value of the property for the base
12 year prior to exemptions, minus (i) $4,500 in Cook
13 County or $3,500 in all other counties in tax year
14 2003, (ii) $5,000 in all counties in tax years 2004 and
15 2005, or (iii) the lesser of the amount of the general
16 homestead exemption under Section 15-175 or an amount
17 equal to the increase in the equalized assessed value
18 for the current tax year above the equalized assessed
19 value for 1977 in tax year 2006 and thereafter,
20 provided that it was assessed for that year as
21 residential property qualified for any of the
22 homestead exemptions under Sections 15-170 through
23 15-175 of this Code, then in force, and further
24 provided that the property's assessment was not based
25 on a reduced assessed value resulting from a temporary
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1 provided in subdivision (b)(3)(B), if the property did
2 not have a residential equalized assessed value for the
3 base year, then "base homestead value" means the base
4 homestead value established by the assessor under
5 subsection (c).
6 (A-5) On or before September 1, 2007, in Cook
7 County, the base homestead value, as set forth under
8 subdivision (b)(3)(A) and except as provided under
9 subdivision (b) (3) (B), must be recalculated as the
10 equalized assessed value of the property for the base
11 year, prior to exemptions, minus:
12 (1) if the general assessment year for the
13 property was 2003, the lesser of (i) $4,500 or (ii)
14 the amount equal to the increase in equalized
15 assessed value for the 2002 tax year above the
16 equalized assessed value for 1977;
17 (2) if the general assessment year for the
18 property was 2004, the lesser of (i) $4,500 or (ii)
19 the amount equal to the increase in equalized
20 assessed value for the 2003 tax year above the
21 equalized assessed value for 1977;
22 (3) if the general assessment year for the
23 property was 2005, the lesser of (i) $5,000 or (ii)
24 the amount equal to the increase in equalized
25 assessed value for the 2004 tax year above the
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1 (B) If the property is sold or ownership is
2 otherwise transferred, other than sales or transfers
3 between spouses or between a parent and a child, "base
4 homestead value" means the equalized assessed value of
5 the property at the time of the sale or transfer prior
6 to exemptions, minus: (i) $4,500 in Cook County or
7 $3,500 in all other counties in tax year 2003; (ii)
8 $5,000 in all counties in tax years 2004 and 2005; and
9 (iii) the lesser of the amount of the general homestead
10 exemption under Section 15-175 or an amount equal to
11 the increase in the equalized assessed value for the
12 current tax year above the equalized assessed value for
13 1977 in tax year 2006 and thereafter, provided that it
14 was assessed as residential property qualified for any
15 of the homestead exemptions under Sections 15-170
16 through 15-175 of this Code, then in force, and further
17 provided that the property's assessment was not based
18 on a reduced assessed value resulting from a temporary
19 irregularity in the property.
20 (3.5) "Base year" means (i) tax year 2002 in Cook
21 County or (ii) tax year 2008 or 2009 in all other counties
22 in accordance with the designation made by the county as
23 provided in subsection (k).
24 (4) "Current tax year" means the tax year for which the
25 exemption under this Section is being applied.
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1 assessed value as equalized by the Department.
2 (6) "Homestead" or "homestead property" means:
3 (A) Residential property that as of January 1 of
4 the tax year is occupied by its owner or owners as his,
5 her, or their principal dwelling place, or that is a
6 leasehold interest on which a single family residence
7 is situated, that is occupied as a residence by a
8 person who has a legal or equitable interest therein
9 evidenced by a written instrument, as an owner or as a
10 lessee, and on which the person is liable for the
11 payment of property taxes. Residential units in an
12 apartment building owned and operated as a
13 cooperative, or as a life care facility, which are
14 occupied by persons who hold a legal or equitable
15 interest in the cooperative apartment building or life
16 care facility as owners or lessees, and who are liable
17 by contract for the payment of property taxes, shall be
18 included within this definition of homestead property.
19 (B) A homestead includes the dwelling place,
20 appurtenant structures, and so much of the surrounding
21 land constituting the parcel on which the dwelling
22 place is situated as is used for residential purposes.
23 If the assessor has established a specific legal
24 description for a portion of property constituting the
25 homestead, then the homestead shall be limited to the
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1 (7) "Life care facility" means a facility as defined in
2 Section 2 of the Life Care Facilities Act.
3 (c) If the property did not have a residential equalized
4assessed value for the base year as provided in subdivision
5(b)(3)(A) of this Section, then the assessor shall first
6determine an initial value for the property by comparison with
7assessed values for the base year of other properties having
8physical and economic characteristics similar to those of the
9subject property, so that the initial value is uniform in
10relation to assessed values of those other properties for the
11base year. The product of the initial value multiplied by the
12equalized factor for the base year for homestead properties in
13that county, less: (i) $4,500 in Cook County or $3,500 in all
14other counties in tax year years 2003; (ii) $5,000 in all
15counties in tax years year 2004 and 2005; and (iii) the lesser
16of the amount of the general homestead exemption under Section
1715-175 or an amount equal to the increase in the equalized
18assessed value for the current tax year above the equalized
19assessed value for 1977 in tax year 2006 and thereafter, is the
20base homestead value.
21 For any tax year for which the assessor determines or
22adjusts an initial value and hence a base homestead value under
23this subsection (c), the initial value shall be subject to
24review by the same procedures applicable to assessed values
25established under this Code for that tax year.
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1that the assessor may revise it under the following
2circumstances:
3 (1) If the equalized assessed value of a homestead
4 property for the current tax year is less than the previous
5 base homestead value for that property, then the current
6 equalized assessed value (provided it is not based on a
7 reduced assessed value resulting from a temporary
8 irregularity in the property) shall become the base
9 homestead value in subsequent tax years.
10 (2) For any year in which new buildings, structures, or
11 other improvements are constructed on the homestead
12 property that would increase its assessed value, the
13 assessor shall adjust the base homestead value as provided
14 in subsection (c) of this Section with due regard to the
15 value added by the new improvements.
16 (3) If the property is sold or ownership is otherwise
17 transferred, the base homestead value of the property shall
18 be adjusted as provided in subdivision (b)(3)(B). This item
19 (3) does not apply to sales or transfers between spouses or
20 between a parent and a child.
21 (4) the recalculation required in Cook County under
22 subdivision (b)(3)(A-5).
23 (e) The amount of the exemption under this Section is the
24equalized assessed value of the homestead property for the
25current tax year, minus the adjusted homestead value, with the
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1 (1) The In Cook County, the exemption under this
2 Section shall not exceed $20,000 for any taxable year
3 through tax year:
4 (i) 2005, if the general assessment year for the
5 property is 2003;
6 (ii) 2006, if the general assessment year for the
7 property is 2004; or
8 (iii) 2007, if the general assessment year for the
9 property is 2005.
10 (1.1) Thereafter, in Cook County, and in all other
11 counties, the exemption is as follows:
12 (i) if the general assessment year for the property
13 is 2006, then the exemption may not exceed: $33,000 for
14 taxable year 2006; $26,000 for taxable year 2007;
15 $20,000 for taxable years 2008 and 2009; $16,000 for
16 taxable year 2010; and $12,000 for taxable year 2011;
17 (ii) if the general assessment year for the
18 property is 2007, then the exemption may not exceed:
19 $33,000 for taxable year 2007; $26,000 for taxable year
20 2008; $20,000 for taxable years 2009 and 2010; $16,000
21 for taxable year 2011; and $12,000 for taxable year
22 2012; and
23 (iii) if the general assessment year for the
24 property is 2008, then the exemption may not exceed:
25 $33,000 for taxable year 2008; $26,000 for taxable year
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1 for taxable year 2012; and $12,000 for taxable year
2 2013.
3 (1.5) For In Cook County, for the 2006 taxable year only,
4the maximum amount of the exemption set forth under subsection
5(e)(1.1)(i) of this Section may be increased: (i) by $7,000 if
6the equalized assessed value of the property in that taxable
7year exceeds the equalized assessed value of that property in
82002 by 100% or more; or (ii) by $2,000 if the equalized
9assessed value of the property in that taxable year exceeds the
10equalized assessed value of that property in 2002 by more than
1180% but less than 100%.
12 (2) In the case of homestead property that also
13 qualifies for the exemption under Section 15-172, the
14 property is entitled to the exemption under this Section,
15 limited to the amount of (i) $4,500 in Cook County or
16 $3,500 in all other counties in tax year 2003, (ii) $5,000
17 in all counties in tax years 2004 and 2005, or (iii) the
18 lesser of the amount of the general homestead exemption
19 under Section 15-175 or an amount equal to the increase in
20 the equalized assessed value for the current tax year above
21 the equalized assessed value for 1977 in tax year 2006 and
22 thereafter.
23 (f) In the case of an apartment building owned and operated
24as a cooperative, or as a life care facility, that contains
25residential units that qualify as homestead property under this
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1the entire building or facility shall not exceed the sum of the
2exemptions calculated for each qualified residential unit. The
3cooperative association, management firm, or other person or
4entity that manages or controls the cooperative apartment
5building or life care facility shall credit the exemption
6attributable to each residential unit only to the apportioned
7tax liability of the owner or other person responsible for
8payment of taxes as to that unit. Any person who willfully
9refuses to so credit the exemption is guilty of a Class B
10misdemeanor.
11 (g) When married persons maintain separate residences, the
12exemption provided under this Section shall be claimed by only
13one such person and for only one residence.
14 (h) In the event of a sale or other transfer in ownership
15of the homestead property, the exemption under this Section
16shall remain in effect for the remainder of the tax year and be
17calculated using the same base homestead value in which the
18sale or transfer occurs, but (other than for sales or transfers
19between spouses or between a parent and a child) shall be
20calculated for any subsequent tax year using the new base
21homestead value as provided in subdivision (b)(3)(B). The
22assessor may require the new owner of the property to apply for
23the exemption in the following year.
24 (i) The assessor may determine whether property qualifies
25as a homestead under this Section by application, visual
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1year, at the time the assessment books are certified to the
2county clerk by the board of review, the assessor shall furnish
3to the county clerk a list of the properties qualified for the
4homestead exemption under this Section. The list shall note the
5base homestead value of each property to be used in the
6calculation of the exemption for the current tax year.
7 (j) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the
8provisions of this Section apply as follows:
9 (1) If the general assessment year for the property is
10 2003, this Section applies for assessment years 2003
11 through 2011. Thereafter, the provisions of Section 15-175
12 apply.
13 (2) If the general assessment year for the property is
14 2004, this Section applies for assessment years 2004
15 through 2012. Thereafter, the provisions of Section 15-175
16 apply.
17 (3) If the general assessment year for the property is
18 2005, this Section applies for assessment years 2005
19 through 2013. Thereafter, the provisions of Section 15-175
20 apply.
21 In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, this
22Section applies for assessment years (i) 2009, 2010, 2011, and
232012 if tax year 2008 is the designated base year or (ii) 2010,
242011, 2012, and 2013 if tax year 2009 is the designated base
25year. Thereafter, the provisions of Section 15-175 apply.
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1of Section 15-175, a county must adopt an ordinance to subject
2itself to the provisions of this Section within 6 months after
3August 2, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act 96-1418) this
4amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly. In a county other
5than Cook County, the ordinance must designate either tax year
62008 or tax year 2009 as the base year.
7 (l) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
8Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
9implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
10(Source: P.A. 95-644, eff 10-12-07; 96-1418, eff. 8-2-10;
11revised 9-13-16.)
12 (35 ILCS 200/15-177)
13 Sec. 15-177. The long-time occupant homestead exemption.
14 (a) If the county has elected, under Section 15-176, to be
15subject to the provisions of the alternative general homestead
16exemption, then, for taxable years 2007 and thereafter,
17regardless of whether the exemption under Section 15-176
18applies, qualified homestead property is entitled to an annual
19homestead exemption equal to a reduction in the property's
20equalized assessed value calculated as provided in this
21Section.
22 (b) As used in this Section:
23 "Adjusted homestead value" means the lesser of the
24following values:
25 (1) The property's base homestead value increased by:

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1 (i) 10% for each taxable year after the base year through
2 and including the current tax year for qualified taxpayers
3 with a household income of more than $75,000 but not
4 exceeding $100,000; or (ii) 7% for each taxable year after
5 the base year through and including the current tax year
6 for qualified taxpayers with a household income of $75,000
7 or less. The increase each year is an increase over the
8 prior year; or
9 (2) The property's equalized assessed value for the
10 current tax year minus the general homestead deduction.
11 "Base homestead value" means:
12 (1) if the property did not have an adjusted homestead
13 value under Section 15-176 for the base year, then an
14 amount equal to the equalized assessed value of the
15 property for the base year prior to exemptions, minus the
16 general homestead deduction, provided that the property's
17 assessment was not based on a reduced assessed value
18 resulting from a temporary irregularity in the property for
19 that year; or
20 (2) if the property had an adjusted homestead value
21 under Section 15-176 for the base year, then an amount
22 equal to the adjusted homestead value of the property under
23 Section 15-176 for the base year.
24 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
25year in which the taxpayer first qualifies for the exemption
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1 "Current taxable year" means the taxable year for which the
2exemption under this Section is being applied.
3 "Equalized assessed value" means the property's assessed
4value as equalized by the Department.
5 "Homestead" or "homestead property" means residential
6property that as of January 1 of the tax year is occupied by a
7qualified taxpayer as his or her principal dwelling place, or
8that is a leasehold interest on which a single family residence
9is situated, that is occupied as a residence by a qualified
10taxpayer who has a legal or equitable interest therein
11evidenced by a written instrument, as an owner or as a lessee,
12and on which the person is liable for the payment of property
13taxes. Residential units in an apartment building owned and
14operated as a cooperative, or as a life care facility, which
15are occupied by persons who hold a legal or equitable interest
16in the cooperative apartment building or life care facility as
17owners or lessees, and who are liable by contract for the
18payment of property taxes, are included within this definition
19of homestead property. A homestead includes the dwelling place,
20appurtenant structures, and so much of the surrounding land
21constituting the parcel on which the dwelling place is situated
22as is used for residential purposes. If the assessor has
23established a specific legal description for a portion of
24property constituting the homestead, then the homestead is
25limited to the property within that description.
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115-172 of this Code.
2 "General homestead deduction" means the amount of the
3general homestead exemption under Section 15-175.
4 "Life care facility" means a facility defined in Section 2
5of the Life Care Facilities Act.
6 "Qualified homestead property" means homestead property
7owned by a qualified taxpayer.
8 "Qualified taxpayer" means any individual:
9 (1) who, for at least 10 continuous years as of January
10 1 of the taxable year, has occupied the same homestead
11 property as a principal residence and domicile or who, for
12 at least 5 continuous years as of January 1 of the taxable
13 year, has occupied the same homestead property as a
14 principal residence and domicile if that person received
15 assistance in the acquisition of the property as part of a
16 government or nonprofit housing program; and
17 (2) who has a household income of $100,000 or less.
18 (c) The base homestead value must remain constant, except
19that the assessor may revise it under any of the following
20circumstances:
21 (1) If the equalized assessed value of a homestead
22 property for the current tax year is less than the previous
23 base homestead value for that property, then the current
24 equalized assessed value (provided it is not based on a
25 reduced assessed value resulting from a temporary
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1 value in subsequent tax years.
2 (2) For any year in which new buildings, structures, or
3 other improvements are constructed on the homestead
4 property that would increase its assessed value, the
5 assessor shall adjust the base homestead value with due
6 regard to the value added by the new improvements.
7 (d) The amount of the exemption under this Section is the
8greater of: (i) the equalized assessed value of the homestead
9property for the current tax year minus the adjusted homestead
10value; or (ii) the general homestead deduction.
11 (e) In the case of an apartment building owned and operated
12as a cooperative, or as a life care facility, that contains
13residential units that qualify as homestead property of a
14qualified taxpayer under this Section, the maximum cumulative
15exemption amount attributed to the entire building or facility
16shall not exceed the sum of the exemptions calculated for each
17unit that is a qualified homestead property. The cooperative
18association, management firm, or other person or entity that
19manages or controls the cooperative apartment building or life
20care facility shall credit the exemption attributable to each
21residential unit only to the apportioned tax liability of the
22qualified taxpayer as to that unit. Any person who willfully
23refuses to so credit the exemption is guilty of a Class B
24misdemeanor.
25 (f) When married persons maintain separate residences, the
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1one such person and for only one residence. No person who
2receives an exemption under Section 15-172 of this Code may
3receive an exemption under this Section. No person who receives
4an exemption under this Section may receive an exemption under
5Section 15-175 or 15-176 of this Code.
6 (g) In the event of a sale or other transfer in ownership
7of the homestead property between spouses or between a parent
8and a child, the exemption under this Section remains in effect
9if the new owner has a household income of $100,000 or less.
10 (h) In the event of a sale or other transfer in ownership
11of the homestead property other than subsection (g) of this
12Section, the exemption under this Section shall remain in
13effect for the remainder of the tax year and be calculated
14using the same base homestead value in which the sale or
15transfer occurs.
16 (i) To receive the exemption, a person must submit an
17application to the county assessor during the period specified
18by the county assessor.
19 The county assessor shall annually give notice of the
20application period by mail or by publication.
21 The taxpayer must submit, with the application, an
22affidavit of the taxpayer's total household income, marital
23status (and if married the name and address of the applicant's
24spouse, if known), and principal dwelling place of members of
25the household on January 1 of the taxable year. The Department
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1of affidavits filed by applicants under this Section, and the
2Chief County Assessment Officer may conduct audits of any
3taxpayer claiming an exemption under this Section to verify
4that the taxpayer is eligible to receive the exemption. Each
5application shall contain or be verified by a written
6declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury. A
7taxpayer's signing a fraudulent application under this Act is
8perjury, as defined in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of
92012. The applications shall be clearly marked as applications
10for the Long-time Occupant Homestead Exemption and must contain
11a notice that any taxpayer who receives the exemption is
12subject to an audit by the assessor Chief County Assessment
13Officer.
14 (j) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
15Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
16implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
17(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
18 (35 ILCS 200/15-180)
19 Sec. 15-180. Homestead improvements. Homestead properties
20that have been improved and residential structures on homestead
21property that have been rebuilt following a catastrophic event
22are entitled to a homestead improvement exemption, limited to
23$30,000 per year through December 31, 1997, $45,000 beginning
24January 1, 1998 and through December 31, 2003, and $75,000 per
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1thereafter, in fair cash value, when that property is owned and
2used exclusively for a residential purpose and upon
3demonstration that a proposed increase in assessed value is
4attributable solely to a new improvement of an existing
5structure or the rebuilding of a residential structure
6following a catastrophic event. To be eligible for an exemption
7under this Section after a catastrophic event, the residential
8structure must be rebuilt within 2 years after the catastrophic
9event. The exemption for rebuilt structures under this Section
10applies to the increase in value of the rebuilt structure over
11the value of the structure before the catastrophic event. The
12amount of the exemption shall be limited to the fair cash value
13added by the new improvement or rebuilding and shall continue
14for 4 years from the date the improvement or rebuilding is
15completed and occupied, or until the next following general
16assessment of that property, whichever is later.
17 A proclamation of disaster by the President of the United
18States or Governor of the State of Illinois is not a
19prerequisite to the classification of an occurrence as a
20catastrophic event under this Section. A "catastrophic event"
21may include an occurrence of widespread or severe damage or
22loss of property resulting from any catastrophic cause
23including but not limited to fire, including arson (provided
24the fire was not caused by the willful action of an owner or
25resident of the property), flood, earthquake, wind, storm,
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1the case of a residential structure affected by flooding, the
2structure shall not be eligible for this homestead improvement
3exemption unless it is located within a local jurisdiction
4which is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
5 In counties of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, in addition
6to the notice requirement under Section 12-30, a supervisor of
7assessments, county assessor, or township or multi-township
8assessor responsible for adding an assessable improvement to a
9residential property's assessment shall either notify a
10taxpayer whose assessment has been changed since the last
11preceding assessment that he or she may be eligible for the
12exemption provided under this Section or shall grant the
13exemption automatically.
14 Beginning January 1, 1999, in counties of 3,000,000 or more
15inhabitants, an application for a homestead improvement
16exemption for a residential structure that has been rebuilt
17following a catastrophic event must be submitted to the
18assessor Chief County Assessment Officer with a valuation
19complaint and a copy of the building permit to rebuild the
20structure. The assessor Chief County Assessment Officer may
21require additional documentation which must be provided by the
22applicant.
23 Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act,
24no reimbursement by the State is required for the
25implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
26(Source: P.A. 93-715, eff. 7-12-04.)

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1 (35 ILCS 200/Art. 15 Div. 3 heading new)
2
Division 3. Homestead exemptions in counties with fewer than
3
3,000,000 inhabitants
4 (35 ILCS 200/15-261 new)
5 Sec. 15-261. Applicability. This Division 3 applies in
6counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants and encompasses
7this Section and Sections in Article 15 occurring after this
8Section.
9 (35 ILCS 200/15-262 new)
10 Sec. 15-262. Homestead Exemptions; Definitions.
11 (a) "Homestead property" under this Section includes:
12 (1) Property that is occupied as a principal dwelling
13 place by its owner or owners who are liable for the payment
14 of property taxes; or
15 (2) A leasehold interest in property on which a
16 detached single-family residence is situated, which is
17 occupied as a principal dwelling place by a person or
18 persons who has an ownership interest therein, legal or
19 equitable or as a lessee, and on which the person or
20 persons is liable for the payment of property taxes; or
21 (3) A unit in an apartment building owned and operated
22 as a cooperative, occupied as a principal dwelling place by
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1 owner or owners of record, for paying property taxes on the
2 property and is an owner of record of a legal or equitable
3 interest in the cooperative apartment building, other than
4 a leasehold interest; or
5 (4) A unit within a building which is a life care
6 facility operated as a cooperative, occupied by a person or
7 persons who is liable, by contract with the owner or owners
8 of record, for paying property taxes on the property and is
9 an owner of record of a legal or equitable interest in the
10 cooperative apartment building, other than a leasehold
11 interest.
12 (b) "Homestead owner" under this Section includes:
13 (1) The person or persons who own and occupy
14 residential property as a principal dwelling place by its
15 owner or owners who are liable for the payment of property
16 taxes as of January 1 of a taxable year; or
17 (2) The person or persons who possess a leasehold
18 interest in property on which a detached single-family
19 residence is situated, and occupy said detached
20 single-family residence as a principal dwelling place,
21 have an ownership interest therein, legal or equitable or
22 as a lessee, and on which the person or persons are liable
23 for the payment of property taxes.
24 (3) The person or persons who are liable, by contract
25 with the owner or owners of record, for paying property
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1 as a cooperative, occupy the unit as a principal dwelling
2 place, and are an owner or owners of record of a legal or
3 equitable interest in the cooperative apartment building,
4 other than a leasehold interest.
5 (4) The person or persons who are liable, by contract
6 with the owner or owners of record, for paying property
7 taxes on a unit within a building which is a life care
8 facility, occupy the unit as a principal dwelling place,
9 and are an owner or owners of record of a legal or
10 equitable interest in the cooperative apartment building,
11 other than a leasehold interest.
12 (c) "Life care facility" means as defined under Section 2
13of the Life Care Facilities Act with which the homestead owner
14has a life care contract as defined in that Act.
15 (d) "State-licensed care facility" means a facility
16licensed under the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the
17Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized Mental Health
18Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or
19the MC/DD Act.
20 (e) "Veterans care facility" means a facility operated by
21the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
22 (f) "Assessed Value" means the value of the property after
23equalization by a chief county assessment officer or board of
24review, but before equalization by the Department.
25 (g) "Equalized Assessed Value" means the value of the
26property after equalization by the Department.

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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-263 new)
2 Sec. 15-263. Homestead Exemptions; General Provisions.
3 (a) Unless otherwise provided, an initial application for
4any homestead exemption must be made to the Chief County
5Assessment Officer during the application period in effect for
6the county of his or her residence. The Chief County Assessment
7Officer may determine the eligibility of residential property
8to receive the homestead exemption provided by this Section by
9application, visual inspection, questionnaire, or other
10reasonable methods. The determination must be made in
11accordance with guidelines established by the Department.
12 (b) Unless otherwise provided, a county board may by
13resolution provide that if a person has been granted a
14homestead exemption, the person qualifying need not reapply for
15the exemption.
16 (c) If the Chief County Assessment Officer requires annual
17application for verification of eligibility for an exemption
18once granted under this Section, the application shall be
19mailed to the taxpayer.
20 (d) If a homestead exemption is granted to a property that
21is operated as a cooperative or as a life care facility
22operated as a cooperative, the cooperative association or
23management firm shall credit the savings resulting from the
24exemption to the apportioned tax liability of the homestead
25owner. The Chief County Assessment Officer may request

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1reasonable proof that the association or firm has properly
2credited the exemption. A person who willfully refuses to
3credit an exemption to the qualified person is guilty of a
4Class B misdemeanor.
5 (e) The Chief County Assessment Officer shall provide to
6each person granted a homestead exemption under Sections
715-268, 15-269, 15-270, and 15-272 a form to designate any
8other person to receive a duplicate of any notice of
9delinquency in the payment of taxes assessed and levied under
10this Code on the person's qualifying property. The duplicate
11notice shall be in addition to the notice required to be
12provided to the person receiving the exemption and shall be
13given in the manner required by this Code. The person filing
14the request for the duplicate notice shall pay an
15administrative fee of $5 to the Chief County Assessment
16Officer. The Chief County Assessment Officer shall then file
17the executed designation with the county collector, who shall
18issue the duplicate notices as indicated by the designation. A
19designation may be rescinded by the person in the manner
20required by the Chief County Assessment Officer.
21 (f) The Chief County Assessment Officer may, when
22considering whether to grant an exemption based on a homestead
23owner's eligibility pursuant to Section 15-262(b)(2), require
24the following conditions to be met:
25 (1) that a notarized application for the exemption,
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1 must be submitted each year during the application period
2 in effect for the county in which the property is located;
3 (2) that a copy of the lease must be filed with the
4 Chief County Assessment Officer by the owner of the
5 property at the time the notarized application is
6 submitted;
7 (3) that the lease must expressly state that the lessee
8 is liable for the payment of property taxes; and
9 (4) that the lease must include the following language
10 in substantially the following form: "Lessee shall be
11 liable for the payment of real estate taxes with respect to
12 the residence in accordance with the terms and conditions
13 of Section 15-262(b)(2) of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS
14 200/15-262(b)(2)). The permanent real estate index number
15 for the premises is (insert number), and, according to the
16 most recent property tax bill, the current amount of real
17 estate taxes associated with the premises is (insert
18 amount) per year. The parties agree that the monthly rent
19 set forth above shall be increased or decreased pro rata
20 (effective January 1 of each calendar year) to reflect any
21 increase or decrease in real estate taxes. Lessee shall be
22 deemed to be satisfying Lessee's liability for the above
23 mentioned real estate taxes with the monthly rent payments
24 as set forth above (or increased or decreased as set forth
25 herein).".
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1 lessee vacates the property, then the Chief County
2 Assessment Officer may require the owner of the property to
3 notify the Chief County Assessment Officer of that change.
4 This subsection (f) does not apply to leasehold interests
5 in property owned by a municipality.
6 (g) When a homestead exemption has been granted under this
7Section and the person qualifying subsequently becomes a
8resident of a State-licensed care facility or veterans care
9facility, the exemption shall continue so long as the residence
10continues to be occupied by the qualifying person's spouse, or
11if the residence remains unoccupied but is still owned by the
12person qualified for the homestead exemption.
13 (h) Any taxpayer whose application for a homestead
14exemption is denied by the Chief County Assessment Officer may
15appeal that denial to the county Board of Review. The decision
16of the Board of Review shall be final.
17 (i) Notwithstanding any other provision, if a property
18transfers or otherwise ceases to be homestead property after
19the first date of eligibility within a taxable year, the
20exemption shall remain with the property until the end of that
21taxable year.
22 (j) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
23Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
24implementation of any mandate created by homestead exemptions
25under this Division.

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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-265 new)
2 Sec. 15-265. Veterans with disabilities adapted housing
3homestead exemption.
4 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
5Section 15-262:
6 "Veteran with a disability" means a person who has served
7in the Armed Forces of the United States and whose disability
8is of such a nature that the federal government has authorized
9payment for purchase or construction of specially adapted
10housing as set forth in the United States Code, Title 38,
11Chapter 21, Section 2101.
12 "Unmarried surviving spouse" means the surviving spouse of
13the veteran at any time after the death of the veteran during
14which such surviving spouse is not married.
15 "Charitable organization" means any benevolent,
16philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary entity that solicits
17and collects funds for charitable purposes and includes each
18local, county, or area division of that charitable
19organization.
20 (b) Eligibility. The homestead property must be occupied by
21a homestead owner who is a veteran with a disability, or the
22spouse or unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran.
23 The exemption applies to housing where federal funds have
24been used to purchase or construct special adaptations to suit
25the veteran's disability.
26 The exemption also applies to housing that is specially

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1adapted to suit the veteran's disability, and purchased
2entirely or in part by the proceeds of a sale, casualty loss
3reimbursement, or other transfer of a home for which the
4federal government had previously authorized payment for
5purchase or construction as specially adapted housing.
6 However, the entire proceeds of the sale, casualty loss
7reimbursement, or other transfer of that housing shall be
8applied to the acquisition of subsequent specially adapted
9housing to the extent that the proceeds equal the purchase
10price of the subsequently acquired housing.
11 The exemption also applies to housing that is specifically
12constructed or adapted to suit a qualifying veteran's
13disability if the housing or adaptations are donated by a
14charitable organization, the veteran has been approved to
15receive funds for the purchase or construction of specially
16adapted housing under Title 38, Chapter 21, Section 2101 of the
17United States Code, and the home has been inspected and
18certified by a licensed home inspector to be in compliance with
19applicable standards set forth in U.S. Department of Veterans
20Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration Pamphlet 26-13,
21Handbook for Design: Specially Adapted Housing.
22 (c) Amount. Eligible homestead property up to an equalized
23assessed value of $100,000 is exempt.
24 (d) Additional provisions. This exemption must be
25reestablished on an annual basis by certification from the
26Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to the Department,

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1which shall forward a copy of the certification to local
2assessing officials.
3 A taxpayer who claims an exemption under Section 15-268 or
415-269 may not claim an exemption under this Section.
5 (35 ILCS 200/15-267 new)
6 Sec. 15-267. Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption.
7 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
8Section 15-262, "veteran" means an Illinois resident who has
9served as a member of the United States Armed Forces, a member
10of the Illinois National Guard, or a member of the United
11States Reserve Forces.
12 (b) Eligibility. The homestead property must be occupied by
13a homestead owner who is a veteran returning from an armed
14conflict involving the armed forces of the United States.
15 (c) Amount. The reduction is $5,000 in equalized assessed
16value for the taxable year in which the veteran returns from
17active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of
18the United States; however, if the veteran first acquires his
19or her principal residence during the taxable year in which he
20or she returns, but after January 1 of that year, and if the
21property is owned and occupied by the veteran as a principal
22residence on January 1 of the next taxable year, he or she may
23apply the exemption for the next taxable year, and only the
24next taxable year, after he or she returns. The reduction shall
25also be allowed for the taxable year after the taxable year in

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1which the veteran returns from active duty in an armed conflict
2involving the armed forces of the United States. For land
3improved with an apartment building owned and operated as a
4cooperative, the maximum reduction from the value of the
5property, as equalized by the Department, must be multiplied by
6the number of apartments or units occupied by a veteran
7returning from an armed conflict involving the armed forces of
8the United States who is liable, by contract with the owner or
9owners of record, for paying property taxes on the property and
10is an owner of record of a legal or equitable interest in the
11cooperative apartment building, other than a leasehold
12interest.
13 (d) Additional Provisions. The exemption under this
14Section is in addition to any other homestead exemption
15provided in this Article 15.
16 (35 ILCS 200/15-268 new)
17 Sec. 15-268. Homestead Exemption for persons with
18disabilities.
19 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
20Section 15-262, "person with a disability" means a person
21unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason
22of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which
23can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be
24expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12
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1 (b) Eligibility. An annual homestead exemption is granted
2to homestead property occupied by a homestead owner who is also
3a person with a disability. A person who has a disability
4during the taxable year is eligible to receive this homestead
5exemption during that taxable year.
6 (c) Amount. The annual exemption amount is $2,000 in
7equalized assessed value, to be deducted from the property's
8value as equalized or assessed by the Department; except that
9for land improved with (i) an apartment building owned and
10operated as a cooperative or (ii) a life care facility that is
11considered to be a cooperative, the maximum reduction from the
12value of the property, as equalized or assessed by the
13Department, shall be multiplied by the number of apartments or
14units occupied by a disabled person.
15 (d) Additional provisions.
16 (1) A person with a disability filing claims under this
17 Act shall submit proof of disability in such form and
18 manner as the Department shall by rule and regulation
19 prescribe. Any one or more of the following shall
20 constitute proof of disability for purposes of this Act:
21 (A) Proof that a claimant is eligible to receive
22 disability benefits under the Federal Social Security
23 Act; or
24 (B) Issuance of an Illinois Person with a
25 Disability Identification Card stating that the
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1 defined in Section 4A of the Illinois Identification
2 Card Act; or
3 (C) A person with a disability not covered under
4 the Federal Social Security Act and not presenting an
5 Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card
6 stating that the claimant is under a Class 2 disability
7 shall be examined by a physician licensed to practice
8 in the State of Illinois, and his status as a person
9 with a disability determined using the same standards
10 as used by the Social Security Administration. The
11 costs of any required examination shall be borne by the
12 claimant.
13 (e) A taxpayer who claims an exemption under Section 15-265
14or 15-269 may not claim an exemption under this Section.
15 (35 ILCS 200/15-269 new)
16 Sec. 15-269. Homestead exemption for veterans with
17disabilities.
18 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
19Section 15-262:
20 "Qualified residence" means homestead property, but
21 less any portion of that property that is used for
22 commercial purposes, with an equalized assessed value of
23 less than $250,000. Property rented for more than 6 months
24 is presumed to be used for commercial purposes.
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1 a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty
2 or State active duty, a member of the Illinois National
3 Guard, or a member of the United States Reserve Forces and
4 who has received an honorable discharge.
5 (b) Eligibility. An annual homestead exemption, limited to
6the amounts set forth in subsection (c), is granted for
7homestead property that is used as a qualified residence by a
8homestead owner who is a veteran with a disability.
9 (c) Amount. The amount of the exemption under this Section
10is as follows:
11 (1) if the veteran has a service-connected disability
12 of 30% or more but less than 50%, as certified by the
13 United States Department of Veterans Affairs, then the
14 annual exemption is $2,500 of equalized assessed value;
15 (2) if the veteran has a service-connected disability
16 of 50% or more but less than 70%, as certified by the
17 United States Department of Veterans Affairs, then the
18 annual exemption is $5,000 of equalized assessed value; and
19 (3) if the veteran has a service connected disability
20 of 70% or more, as certified by the United States
21 Department of Veterans Affairs, then the property is exempt
22 from taxation under this Code.
23 (d) Additional provisions.
24 (1) The tax exemption under this Section carries over
25 to the benefit of the veteran's surviving spouse as long as
26 the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the

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1 homestead, permanently resides thereon, and does not
2 remarry. If the surviving spouse sells the property, an
3 exemption not to exceed the amount granted from the most
4 recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to his or her
5 new residence as long as it is used as his or her primary
6 residence and he or she does not remarry.
7 (2) A taxpayer who claims an exemption under Section
8 15-265 or 15-268 may not claim an exemption under this
9 Section.
10 (3) Each taxpayer who has been granted an exemption
11 under this Section must reapply on an annual basis.
12 Application must be made during the application period in
13 effect for the county of his or her residence.
14 (35 ILCS 200/15-270 new)
15 Sec. 15-270. Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption.
16 (a) Definitions. The definitions found in Section 15-262
17shall apply to this Section.
18 (b) Eligibility. An annual homestead exemption limited,
19except as described here with relation to cooperatives or life
20care facilities, to a maximum reduction set forth below from
21the property's value, as equalized or assessed by the
22Department, is granted for homestead property that is occupied
23by a homestead owner who will be 65 years of age or older by
24December 31 of the taxable year.
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1 (1) The maximum reduction is $5,000 of equalized
2 assessed value.
3 (2) For land improved with an apartment building owned
4 and operated as a cooperative, the maximum reduction from
5 the value of the property, as equalized by the Department.
6 (3) Property that is first occupied as a residence
7 after January 1 of any assessment year by a person who is
8 eligible for the homestead exemption under this Section
9 must be granted a pro-rata exemption for the assessment
10 year. The amount of the pro-rata exemption is the exemption
11 allowed in the county under this Section divided by 365 and
12 multiplied by the number of days during the assessment year
13 the property is occupied as a residence by a person
14 eligible for the exemption under this Section. The Chief
15 County Assessment Officer must adopt reasonable procedures
16 to establish eligibility for this pro-rata exemption.
17 (d) Additional provisions. The Chief County Assessment
18Officer shall notify each person who qualifies for an exemption
19under this Section that the person may also qualify for
20deferral of real estate taxes under the Senior Citizens Real
21Estate Tax Deferral Act. The notice shall set forth the
22qualifications needed for deferral of real estate taxes, the
23address and telephone number of the county collector, and a
24statement that applications for deferral of real estate taxes
25may be obtained from the county collector.

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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-272 new)
2 Sec. 15-272. Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead
3Exemption.
4 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
5Section 15-262:
6 "Applicant" means an individual who has filed an
7 application under this Section.
8 "Base amount" means the base year equalized assessed
9 value of the residence plus the first year's equalized
10 assessed value of any added improvements which increased
11 the assessed value of the residence after the base year.
12 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
13 year for which the applicant first qualifies and applies
14 for the exemption provided that in the prior taxable year
15 the property was improved with a permanent structure that
16 was occupied as a residence by the applicant who was liable
17 for paying real property taxes on the property and who was
18 either (i) an owner of record of the property or had legal
19 or equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a
20 written instrument or (ii) had a legal or equitable
21 interest as a lessee in the parcel of property that was a
22 single-family residence. If in any subsequent taxable year
23 for which the applicant applies and qualifies for the
24 exemption the equalized assessed value of the residence is
25 less than the equalized assessed value in the existing base
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1 based on an assessed value that results from a temporary
2 irregularity in the property that reduces the assessed
3 value for one or more taxable years), then that subsequent
4 taxable year shall become the base year until a new base
5 year is established under the terms of this paragraph. For
6 taxable year 1999 only, the Chief County Assessment Officer
7 shall review (i) all taxable years for which the applicant
8 applied and qualified for the exemption and (ii) the
9 existing base year. The assessment officer shall select as
10 the new base year the year with the lowest equalized
11 assessed value. An equalized assessed value that is based
12 on an assessed value that results from a temporary
13 irregularity in the property that reduces the assessed
14 value for one or more taxable years shall not be considered
15 the lowest equalized assessed value. The selected year
16 shall be the base year for taxable year 1999 and thereafter
17 until a new base year is established under the terms of
18 this paragraph.
19 "Household" means the applicant, the spouse of the
20 applicant, and all persons using the residence of the
21 applicant as their principal place of residence.
22 "Household income" means the combined income of the
23 members of a household for the calendar year preceding the
24 taxable year.
25 "Income" has the same meaning as provided in Section
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1 Property Tax Relief Act, except that, beginning in
2 assessment year 2001, "income" does not include veteran's
3 benefits.
4 "Internal Revenue Code of 1986" means the United States
5 Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor law or laws
6 relating to federal income taxes in effect for the year
7 preceding the taxable year.
8 "Maximum income limitation" means $55,000.
9 "Residence" means the principal dwelling place and
10 appurtenant structures used for residential purposes in
11 this State occupied on January 1 of the taxable year by a
12 household and so much of the surrounding land, constituting
13 the parcel upon which the dwelling place is situated, as is
14 used for residential purposes. If the Chief County
15 Assessment Officer has established a specific legal
16 description for a portion of property constituting the
17 residence, then that portion of property shall be deemed
18 the residence for the purposes of this Section.
19 "Taxable year" means the calendar year during which ad
20 valorem property taxes payable in the next succeeding year
21 are levied.
22 (b) Eligibility. A senior citizens assessment freeze
23homestead exemption is granted for homestead property that is
24occupied by a homestead owner who (i) is 65 years of age or
25older by December 31 of the taxable year, and (ii) has a
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1limitation.
2 (c) Amount.
3 (1) The amount of the exemption for all taxable years
4 is the equalized assessed value of the residence in the
5 taxable year for which application is made minus the base
6 amount.
7 (2) When the applicant is a surviving spouse of an
8 applicant for a prior year for the same residence for which
9 an exemption under this Section has been granted, the base
10 year and base amount for that residence are the same as for
11 the applicant for the prior year.
12 (3) Each year at the time the assessment books are
13 certified to the County Clerk, the Board of Review shall
14 give to the County Clerk a list of the assessed values of
15 improvements on each parcel qualifying for this exemption
16 that were added after the base year for this parcel and
17 that increased the assessed value of the property.
18 (4) In the case of land improved with an apartment
19 building owned and operated as a cooperative or a building
20 that is a life care facility that qualifies as a
21 cooperative, the maximum reduction from the equalized
22 assessed value of the property is limited to the sum of the
23 reductions calculated for each unit occupied as a residence
24 by a person or persons (i) 65 years of age or older, (ii)
25 with a household income that does not exceed the maximum
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1 the owner or owners of record, for paying real property
2 taxes on the property, and (iv) who is an owner of record
3 of a legal or equitable interest in the cooperative
4 apartment building, other than a leasehold interest.
5 (d) Additional provisions.
6 (1) When an individual dies who would have qualified
7 for an exemption under this Section, and the surviving
8 spouse does not independently qualify for this exemption
9 because of age, the exemption under this Section shall be
10 granted to the surviving spouse for the taxable year
11 preceding and the taxable year of the death, provided that,
12 except for age, the surviving spouse meets all other
13 qualifications for the granting of this exemption for those
14 years.
15 (2) When married persons maintain separate residences,
16 the exemption provided for in this Section may be claimed
17 by only one of such persons and for only one residence.
18 (3) To receive the exemption, a person shall submit an
19 application by July 1 of each taxable year to the Chief
20 County Assessment Officer of the county in which the
21 property is located.
22 (4) A county may, by ordinance, establish a date for
23 submission of applications that is different than July 1.
24 (5) The applicant shall submit with the application an
25 affidavit of the applicant's total household income, age,
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1 applicant's spouse, if known), and principal dwelling
2 place of members of the household on January 1 of the
3 taxable year.
4 (6) The Department shall establish, by rule, a method
5 for verifying the accuracy of affidavits filed by
6 applicants under this Section, and the Chief County
7 Assessment Officer may conduct audits of any taxpayer
8 claiming an exemption under this Section to verify that the
9 taxpayer is eligible to receive the exemption.
10 (7) Each application shall contain or be verified by a
11 notarized declaration that it is made under the penalties
12 of perjury. A taxpayer's signing a fraudulent application
13 under this Act is perjury, as defined in Section 32-2 of
14 the Criminal Code of 2012.
15 (8) The applications shall be clearly marked as
16 applications for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze
17 Homestead Exemption and must contain a notice that any
18 taxpayer who receives the exemption is subject to an audit
19 by the Chief County Assessment Officer.
20 (9) Except as provided in this Section, all information
21 received by the Chief County Assessment Officer or the
22 Department from applications filed under this Section, or
23 from any investigation conducted under the provisions of
24 this Section, shall be confidential, except for official
25 purposes or pursuant to official procedures for collection
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1 criminal penalty or sanction imposed by this Act or by any
2 statute or ordinance imposing a State or local tax. Any
3 person who divulges any such information in any manner,
4 except in accordance with a proper judicial order, is
5 guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
6 Nothing contained in this Section shall prevent the
7 Director or Chief County Assessment Officer from
8 publishing or making available reasonable statistics
9 concerning the operation of the exemption contained in this
10 Section in which the contents of claims are grouped into
11 aggregates in such a way that information contained in any
12 individual claim shall not be disclosed.
13 (10) Each Chief County Assessment Officer shall
14 annually publish a notice of availability of the exemption
15 provided under this Section. The notice shall be published
16 at least 60 days but no more than 75 days prior to the date
17 on which the application must be submitted to the Chief
18 County Assessment Officer of the county in which the
19 property is located. The notice shall appear in a newspaper
20 of general circulation in the county.
21 (35 ILCS 200/15-273 new)
22 Sec. 15-273. Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption.
23 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
24Section 15-262:
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1 value of the residence.
2 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
3 year in which the natural disaster occurred.
4 "Natural disaster" means an occurrence of widespread
5 or severe damage or loss of property resulting from any
6 catastrophic cause, including, but not limited to, fire,
7 flood, earthquake, wind, storm, or extended period of
8 severe inclement weather. In the case of a residential
9 structure affected by flooding, the structure shall not be
10 eligible for this homestead improvement exemption unless
11 it is located within a local jurisdiction which is
12 participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. A
13 proclamation of disaster by the President of the United
14 States or Governor of the State of Illinois is not a
15 prerequisite to the classification of an occurrence as a
16 natural disaster under this Section.
17 (b) Eligibility. A homestead exemption shall be granted by
18the Chief County Assessment Officer for homestead properties
19containing a residential structure that has been rebuilt
20following a natural disaster occurring in taxable year 2012 or
21any taxable year thereafter.
22 To be eligible for an exemption under this Section: (i) the
23residential structure must be rebuilt within 2 years after the
24date of the natural disaster; and (ii) the square footage of
25the rebuilt residential structure may not be more than 110% of
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1existed immediately prior to the natural disaster. The
2taxpayer's initial application for an exemption under this
3Section must be made no later than the first taxable year after
4the residential structure is rebuilt. The exemption shall
5continue at the same annual amount until the taxable year in
6which the property is sold or transferred.
7 (c) Amount. The amount of the exemption is the equalized
8assessed value of the residence in the first taxable year for
9which the taxpayer applies for an exemption under this Section
10minus the base amount.
11 (d) Additional provisions.
12 (1) To receive the exemption, the taxpayer shall submit
13 an application to the Chief County Assessment Officer of
14 the county in which the property is located by July 1 of
15 each taxable year. A county may, by resolution, establish a
16 date for submission of applications that is different than
17 July 1. The applications shall be clearly marked as
18 applications for the Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption.
19 (2) Property is not eligible for an exemption under
20 this Section and Section 15-280 for the same natural
21 disaster or catastrophic event. The property may, however,
22 remain eligible for an additional exemption under Section
23 15-280 for any separate event occurring after the property
24 qualified for an exemption under this Section.
25 (3) The exemption under this Section carries over to
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1 holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead and
2 permanently resides thereon.
3 (35 ILCS 200/15-275 new)
4 Sec. 15-275. General homestead exemption.
5 (a) Definitions. The definitions found in Section 15-262
6are applicable to this Section.
7 (b) Eligibility. Homestead property occupied by a
8homestead owner is entitled to an annual homestead exemption
9limited, except as described here with relation to
10cooperatives, to a reduction in the equalized assessed value of
11homestead property equal to the increase in equalized assessed
12value for the current assessment year above the equalized
13assessed value of the property for 1977, up to the maximum
14reduction set forth below. If, however, the 1977 equalized
15assessed value upon which taxes were paid is subsequently
16determined by local assessing officials, the Property Tax
17Appeal Board, or a court to have been excessive, the equalized
18assessed value which should have been placed on the property
19for 1977 shall be used to determine the amount of the
20exemption.
21 (c) Amount.
22 (1) The maximum reduction is $6,000 of equalized
23 assessed value.
24 (2) If, based on the most recent assessment, the
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1 current assessment year is greater than the equalized
2 assessed value of the property for 1977, the owner of the
3 property shall automatically receive the exemption granted
4 under this Section in an amount equal to the increase over
5 the 1977 assessment up to the maximum reduction set forth
6 in this Section.
7 (d) Additional provisions.
8 (1) If in any assessment year homestead property has a
9 pro-rata valuation under Section 9-180 resulting in an
10 increase in the assessed valuation, a reduction in
11 equalized assessed valuation equal to the increase in
12 equalized assessed value of the property for the year of
13 the pro-rata valuation above the equalized assessed value
14 of the property for 1977 shall be applied to the property
15 on a proportionate basis for the period the property
16 qualified as homestead property during the assessment
17 year. The maximum proportionate homestead exemption shall
18 not exceed the maximum homestead exemption allowed in the
19 county under this Section divided by 365 and multiplied by
20 the number of days the property qualified as homestead
21 property.
22 (2) Where married persons maintain and reside in
23 separate residences qualifying as homestead property, each
24 residence shall receive 50% of the total reduction in
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1 (35 ILCS 200/15-280 new)
2 Sec. 15-280. Homestead improvement exemption.
3 (a) Definitions. In addition to the definitions found in
4Section 15-262, a "catastrophic event" may include an
5occurrence of widespread or severe damage or loss of property
6resulting from any catastrophic cause including but not limited
7to fire, including arson (provided the fire was not caused by
8the willful action of an owner or resident of the property),
9flood, earthquake, wind, storm, explosion, or extended periods
10of severe inclement weather. In the case of a residential
11structure affected by flooding, the structure shall not be
12eligible for this homestead improvement exemption unless it is
13located within a local jurisdiction which is participating in
14the National Flood Insurance Program. A proclamation of
15disaster by the President of the United States or Governor of
16the State of Illinois is not a prerequisite to the
17classification of an occurrence as a catastrophic event under
18this Section.
19 (b) Eligibility. Homestead properties that have been
20improved and residential structures on homestead property that
21have been rebuilt following a catastrophic event are entitled
22to a homestead improvement exemption, when that property is
23owned by a homestead owner and used exclusively for a
24residential purpose and upon demonstration that a proposed
25increase in assessed value is attributable solely to a new
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1residential structure following a catastrophic event. To be
2eligible for an exemption under this Section after a
3catastrophic event, the residential structure must be rebuilt
4within 2 years after the catastrophic event. The exemption for
5rebuilt structures under this Section applies to the increase
6in value of the rebuilt structure over the value of the
7structure before the catastrophic event. The amount of the
8exemption shall be limited to the fair cash value added by the
9new improvement or rebuilding and shall continue for 4 years
10from the date the improvement or rebuilding is completed and
11occupied.
12 (c) Amount. The exemption is limited to $25,000 of
13equalized assessed value.
14 (d) Additional Provisions. In addition to the notice
15requirement under Section 12-30, a supervisor of assessments,
16county assessor, or township or multi-township assessor
17responsible for adding an assessable improvement to a
18residential property's assessment shall either notify a
19taxpayer whose assessment has been changed since the last
20preceding assessment that he or she may be eligible for the
21exemption provided under this Section or shall grant the
22exemption automatically.
23 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
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1 INDEX
2 Statutes amended in order of appearance
3 35 ILCS 200/9-275
4 35 ILCS 200/Art. 10 Div.
5 20 heading new
6 35 ILCS 200/10-800was 35 ILCS 200/15-174
7 35 ILCS 200/Art. 15 Div. 1
8 heading new
9 35 ILCS 200/15-13 new
10 35 ILCS 200/Art. 15 Div. 2
11 heading new
12 35 ILCS 200/15-163 new
13 35 ILCS 200/15-167
14 35 ILCS 200/15-168
15 35 ILCS 200/15-169
16 35 ILCS 200/15-170
17 35 ILCS 200/15-172
18 35 ILCS 200/15-173
19 35 ILCS 200/15-175
20 35 ILCS 200/15-176
21 35 ILCS 200/15-177
22 35 ILCS 200/15-180
23 35 ILCS 200/Art. 15 Div. 3
24 heading new
25 35 ILCS 200/15-261 new

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