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Prevent Homeowner displacement  in cook county 

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The inclusion of owner-occupied homes in the Cook County annual tax sale puts people, especially seniors and those with disabilities, at risk of losing their home solely for delinquent property taxes purchased by investors motivated by profit, without regard for the long-term impact on families and communities. Black and Brown homeowners and communities are especially negatively impacted, as the current system makes it harder for households to transfer wealth, contributing to the racial wealth and homeownership gaps.

SB 74 and HB 1238, as amended, create a State Task Force to study and make recommendations for the implementation of a payment plan option to divert delinquent owner-occupied properties from the annual tax sale. 

The Property Tax Payment Plan Task Force will facilitate in-depth discussions with stakeholders in the residential property tax process, including local taxing districts, county officials and administrators, taxpayer representatives, and housing advocates. The group will produce an implementation report in late 2023.

Thanks to our chief sponsors, Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin and Senator Robert Peters

2022 Annual Tax Sale Impact on Cook County 


This bill follows a trend towards reducing reliance on, or eliminating, the tax sale process, including in New York, Washington DC, Detroit, and Baltimore. Reducing the number of homes subject to the tax sale is a key step in addressing decades of disinvestment and stabilizing communities.

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Organizational Endorsers 

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago 

Housing Action Illinois

Chicago Community Trust 

Chicago Community Loan Fund

The Rebirth of Greater Roseland 

Chicago Rehab Network 

Communities United 

Metropolitan Planning Council

The Resurrection Project 

Heartland Alliance

R.A.G.E. Englewood 

HOPE Fair Housing Center

Center for Changing Lives

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Jeremiah Community Renewal 

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County 

Overstreet Strupp

 Garfield Park Community Council

The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence 

Working Family Solidarity

Communities Organized to Win

Illinois Legal Aid 

Operation Neighborhood Safety  

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Uptown People's Law Center 

Northwest Side Housing Center

Garfield Park Community Council


Southwest Organizing Project 

Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living

Center for Disability & Elder Law

South Suburban Housing Center 

New America Chicago

Teamwork Englewood 

Englewood Real Estate Development Corp

Baldwin Media Group 

House 2 Home LLC

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs

South Shore Works Planning and Preservation Coalition 

Woodstock Institute 

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