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CHICAGO - COOK COUNTY: Property tax forum Thursday 1/28

Apologies for the late notice ... however, Chicago and "Crook" County residents might want to know about this.

Elections are coming up and that includes the person who is in part responsible for valuing your property for taxation (if you own any) or your landlord's (which you wind up paying). County Assessor is not a "sexy" office but it does effect everybody. If you want to make changes in government, the city and county are the places to start.

Note, this event is at a private club and there is a dress code. You will need to RSVP ASAP, though I hear they won't turn away walk-ins unless i's really packed. Come by and get involved and find out about the background and commitment to fairness of the person who'll be partly responsible for your taxes for the next 4 years.

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FORUM GIVES CHANCE TO GRILL WOULD-BE ASSESSORS

In a time of recession, tax hikes, service cuts and concerns over clout and favoritism, it's more important than ever that Cook County residents know who's going to be responsible for setting their taxes. To that end, the Union League Club of Chicago and the Henry George School of Social Science will present a Cook County assessor candidates forum on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

The forum, to be moderated by Better Government Association Executive Director Andy Shaw, will focus on ensuring fair, clear property assessments in a system often described as unfair. Advocates for greater transparency and equity say it's too easy for the well-connected to get their assessments selectively reduced -- forcing other taxpayers to make up the difference.

The forum will include statements by candidates as well as an audience Q&A session.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required by calling (312) 435-5946 by the end of Tuesday, January 26. Business casual attire is required: for men, a collared shirt (including turtleneck) and slacks; for women, slacks or skirt with a blouse or sweater.

The Henry George School of Social Science (http://www.hgchicago.org), a 75-year-old nonprofit organization whose motto is “Education for Freedom,” teaches classical political economy with emphasis on free markets and economic justice.

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know if any candidates are

know if any candidates are pro-abolishment of property taxes?

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

None in this race

But some say they are committed to making the cap permanent.

i lived there for a couple

i lived there for a couple years. logan square, rogers park/edgewater and uptown. good luck changing anything that goes on there.

An event for the 'public' at a private location?

Dress the right way, don't make any trouble, and we'll be nice enough to tell you how we really own your property and how much money we're going to extort from you to let you keep using it and taking care of it the way we tell you to.

OR ELSE.

'Liberty!' Gosh, 'we' live in the mostest free-ee-est country on the whole wide world!

I'm going to puke now...

Yes, very nice people

None, I'm one of the guys helping to put this on. The Union League folks are very nice, it's a great venue, and it doesn't cost anything. Don't you own a shirt with a collar?

Honestly?

Of course I do. I also own several nice suits. But what if I wanted to show up wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and sandals? Would my thoughts and opinions be valued, or would I be turned away at the door because of my attire?

It's impossible to have liberty for yourself if you try to control other people.

FWIW... I don't think you have poor intentions, I just think you haven't come to fully understand what liberty really is or what the political process really does. Liberty is not to be found through or in politics.