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The River Forest Township Assessor is hosting a free community outreach on Tuesday, August 19 at 7 p.m. to answer questions and provide support for residents interested in appealing their property tax assessment with the Cook County Board of Review.

The event at the River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison St., will educate taxpayers on how to file a successful tax appeal, provide information on property tax exemptions, and address other commonly asked questions, such as why property taxes can go up even as a home’s value declines.

“This is the first year for this cycle of triennial reassessments, so it’s particularly timely to make an appeal, if you plan to appeal at some point,” said River Forest Township Assessor Pamela Kende. “Most likely, any reduction in assessments that you may receive would stand for the next three years.” 

Anyone interested in making an appeal is urged to bring a copy of their tax bill to the meeting.

Among those on hand will be Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, who will make a presentation. Along with Kende and her deputy, Board of Review analysts will be present to answer questions and to offer an opportunity to file an appeal. 

Over the past four years, Kende and her deputy have assisted with more than 1,000 appeals. They have also helped residents who have made inquiries about their property tax bills, exemptions and questions related to assessments. 

There is no fee to file an appeal. The deadline for River Forest residents seeking to appeal through the township assessor’s office is a week after the outreach, at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26th.

For those who wish to appeal through the Cook County Board of Review’s website,, the deadline is September 2nd.

For more information, the River Forest Township Assessor’s Office may be reached at 708-366-2787 For information about all River Forest Township services, visit or call 708-366-2029.

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