Updated April 18, 2017

As we work to empower every voice in our community and share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park's aspirations, we often get questions about being an involved citizen.

Here are a few recently asked questions related to civic resources, including voter information. Have a question not answered here? Contact us now.

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Find more resources from Oak Park taxing bodies

Find income tax forms and help

Tuesday, April 18 is the deadline to file state and federal income tax returns.

At the library, you can print popular state and federal tax forms at no charge; use library computers to file taxes online; and find resources and referrals for more specialized help. More >

Appeal property taxes

The Cook County Assessor’s office mailed assessment notices on March 1 and is now accepting appeals of the assessed valuations of Oak Park properties in 2017. 

  • Deadline to file an appeal: April 3
  • Deadline to file documentation: April 13

During the appeal period, the office of Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar is providing help to Oak Park property owners wishing to file appeals. Call 708.383.8005 to schedule appointments (regular weekdays 9 am-5 pm available, as well as a limited number of evening and weekend appointments). For properties purchased within the past three years, owners should bring closing documents to their appointments. 

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Get a referendum on a future ballot

Illinois is one of 24 states that allow a form of direct democracy called ballot initiatives. A ballot initiative can be officially created when a petition to initiate a public vote on a proposed statute or constitutional amendment is signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters. Learn more about ballot initiatives and signature requirements in Illinois

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