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Marge Szalko September 5, 2017, 8:29 AM

The problem with how our real estate taxes are figured is this - many of our elected officials, or their friends/family members, own law firms that work to lower real estate taxes for homeowners. They put a huge raise in ours and then make a fortune off of people willing to pay them to have it lowered. I'm sure you had a bunch of mail come from various lawyers who will work for you - some wanting to be paid as much as 50% of the tax savings they get for you. Do some research as to who owns these law firms. It's a simple connection. I will never pay for a lawyer to do the work. I always appeal myself. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Regardless, this is the largest jump I have ever had in my 30 plus years of being a Cook County home owner. The huge value jumps make no sense and do not at all reflect what is going on in my neighborhood.

Name not shown September 4, 2017, 10:43 PM

I agree with both commemts. I believe the property values in all of Cook are being artificially inflated. Ours went up by 60k with several homes around me in foreclosure and abandoned. Looking into sales history of 60 similar homes the increase is ludicrous. I believe an audit and public investigation should be initiated into how the data is being used to formulate the sudden huge inflation of assessments. These assessments in no way correspond to sales market and glut of homes in the market. This is the first time I've filed an appeal in 38 years as a Cook county homeowner. Something is very wrong with these valuations and there needs to be an inquiry.

Name not shown August 25, 2017, 8:53 AM

What three priorities would you like to see the Village Board adopt or address in 2017?
An express train to the city, to attract younger professionals looking to move to the suburbs. Orland is missing the boat on this one. Most people are moving to the western suburbs because of this., Do something with Orland Mall. I think can speak for myself and many residents that we feel unsafe going there. It has become a hangout, rather than an enjoyable place to shop., Continue to work on the Old Orland area. The downtown area can attract more outside visitors with non chain restaurants, and boutiques.

Village of Orland Park August 24, 2017, 11:13 AM

PROJECT UPDATE as of August 24, 2017

The work is planned for the fall to improve the success of the extensive lawn restoration that is required. Bidding for the work was just completed. The project will go to Committee and Board for approval in September, with the work expected to start soon afterward. Once it is approved we will send a notification to the residents on 168th Street and 169th Street, where the work will occur.

Thank you for your patience.

Village of Orland Park August 17, 2017, 11:49 AM

Thank you for bringing your question to the village's attention.

Public Works is working through a process right now to engage a consultant for engineering and creating specifications to make upgrades, paint and rebrand one water tower. The first location selected for repainting is tower #5 at Harlem Ave. and Wheeler Dr., which will most likely be completed in 2018. The village will be looking for guidance about the paint scheme and anticipates public discussion to occur at an upcoming Committee and/or Board meeting.

Two towers - #6 near Carl Sandburg High School and #8 near the 153rd Street Metra Station - were recently approved for cleaning during the August 7 Committee meeting. Board approval is being requested on August 21. Following approval, the work will be coordinated with the contractor and should be completed within a few months. Additional funds for cleaning and painting additional tower sites will be requested as part of the 2018 budget process.

Village of Orland Park August 15, 2017, 3:42 PM

Thank you for your question. The construction at 143rd St. and LaGrange Road will be a retail plaza with two restaurants - City BBQ and McCallister's Deli and one proposed retailer - VisionWorks.

If you have additional questions about an upcoming development, feel free to contact Development Services directly at (708) 403-5300.

Village of Orland Park August 15, 2017, 3:34 PM

Thank you for sharing your concern. We understand your frustration. Unfortunately, the village is not able to take any action in regards to residential property assessments.
You’ve taken the right step by filing an appeal through the Cook County Assessor. You may also want to consider asking for a re-review.
You can also file an appeal to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board

Please note the appeals will be accepted until August 28, 2017.

More info can be found at

Marge Szalko August 15, 2017, 7:51 AM

I'd like to know the answer to this question as well. I also filed an appeal. All of the comps used for my home weren't even in my subdivision. Most were over a mile away. It makes no sense. They raised my estimated home market value by $85,000 which is ridiculous. The home next door just took a year to sell and sold below what they bought it for and it's a beautiful, well maintained home. These tax increases have several of my neighbors talking about moving out of Orland and I will have to consider it as well if taxes keep going up like this. My taxes have more than doubled in the 15 years that I have owned my home.

Name not shown August 14, 2017, 9:04 PM

Now that the village has rebranded and has a new logo, will the water towers be updated to reflect this change? The "world's golf center" certainly can not be true any longer and the village could use a new tag line. Some of the water towers look dirty and could use a good cleaning too. I believe there was an opportunity years ago to change the slogan on the water towers with public input, but this never came to fruition. If a different artistic design is approved, the water towers could even become a contest for local artists, in an attempt to showcase local talent.

Name not shown August 13, 2017, 9:21 PM

What are they building on the corner of 143rd and Lagrange next to Marquette Bank?