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Jones' new law saves homeowners from exorbitant property tax bills

jones annexationSpringfield – State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) sponsored a measure to help new homeowners handle their property tax bill. Senate Bill 780 requires county assessors to mail information to new homeowners regarding the rules and filing periods for applying and reapplying for exemptions.

“When homes are purchased, especially by first-time homeowners, it’s important we provide them with information about savings possibilities,” Senator Jones said. “This new law is fair and will help families focus their finances on living expenses and future investments.”

The new law also requires new homeowners to apply or reapply for any homestead exemptions the property is eligible for. If the new owner does not apply/reapply for exemptions, the property no longer qualifies for an existing exemption. The legislation requires the assessor to cancel the exemption for the current year.

Public Act 99-0164 takes effect immediately.

Senator Emil Jones III


14th District

Years served:
2009 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Financial Institutions; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Born May 16th, 1978, in Chicago; son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and the late Patricia Jones; graduated from Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights; attended Chicago State University and Robert Morris College in Chicago; former administrator at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Associated Representatives:
Robert Rita
Justin Slaughter