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You pay more in property taxes because 27,288 Cook County homeowners pay nothing

Chicago Sun-Times Morning Edition
Good morning, Chicago —
Here’s the latest news in the area ahead of what should be a sunny, warm Friday.
No one likes to pay property taxes. This year, the owners of 27,288 homes across Cook County don’t have to. Their property tax bills: $0. As a result, the rest of the county’s 1.8 million property taxpayers have to pick up the slack. Our latest The Watchdogs report looks at how certain tax breaks serve up some homeowners pay-nothing tax bills — and how that effects everyone else.
Stefano Esposito and Sophie Sherry have more on the wild afternoon shootout Wednesday evening in West Town that left five people wounded. With gunmen firing at each other from vehicles on busy streets, one witness said he saw “people diving, and gunpowder in the air.”
And Churchill Downs Inc., one of the state’s major gambling companies, withdrew its bid for the rights to open a casino in Waukegan just hours after it agreed to sell its Arlington International Racecourse property to the Chicago Bears. Mitchell Armentrout has more on the possible implications of the move.
Get all that news and more below. Thanks for reading.
Satchel Price, assistant audience engagement editor
You pay more in property taxes because 27,288 Cook County homeowners pay nothing
Wild afternoon shootout leaves ‘gunpowder in the air’ on crowded street in the shadow of downtown high-rises
Gambling company withdraws Waukegan casino bid hours after announcing Arlington sale to Bears
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