Returning Veterans Exemption

Under this program, $5,000 of the equalized assessed value of a home owned by a qualifying returning veteran is exempt from property taxes.

To qualify for this exemption, you must:

  • Own and occupy the property as of January 1st of the year returning.
  • Be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Il. National Guard, or U.S. Reserve Forces.
  • Be returning from active duty in an armed conflict. (A veteran who dies is eligible to receive the exemption.)
  • Apply for the exemption at the Chief County Assessors Office, or download the application (PDF).

Note: This exemption must be renewed each year.