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Old 06 March 2009, 06:42 PM
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Icon605 Why doesn't Rahm Emanuel pay property taxes?

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Why doesn't Rahm Emanuel pay property taxes?

According to the Cook County Assessor's website, the Chicago home of
four-term Democrat Congressman and new White House Chief of Staff, Rahm
Emanuel, doesn't exist. While the address of 4228 North Hermitage is
listed as Emanuel's residence on the Illinois State Board of Elections'
website, there seems to be no public record of Emanuel ever paying
property taxes on this home.

The Cook County Assessor's and Cook County Treasurer's online records
indicate Emanuel's Chicago neighbors pay between $3,500 and $7,000
annually. However, Illinois Review has

been unable to locate any evidence that the former Clinton advisor and
investment banker is paying his fair share of Cook County 's notoriously
high tax burden.

Why wouldn't 4228 North Hermitage property owners Rahm Emanuel and wife
Amy Rule pay property taxes?

One reason may be because Emanuel and Rule declared their 4228 North
Hermitage home as the office location for their personal non-profit
foundation called the "Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule Charitable Foundation".
As the non-profit's headquarters, their home could be exempt from paying
property taxes.

In January 2007, USA Today reported on Emanuel's foundation:

The Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule Charitable Trust was formed in 2002, when
the Chicago lawmaker was first elected. The former Clinton White House
aide and his wife, Amy Rule, are its only donors. Emanuel was an
investment bank er after serving in the White House.

The trust reported having $2,900 on hand at the end of 2005 after
receiving $34,000 from Emanuel and donating more than $31,000

During the past three years, Emanuel's charity gave nearly $25,000 to the
Anshe Emet synagogue and school [a private school that the Rahm/Rule
children attend]..., and $15,000 to the foundation run by form er
president Bill Clinton. It also gave $14,000 to Marwen, a Chicago charity
that provides art classes and other educational help to low-income
children. Rule is on Marwen's board.

(He doesn't pay any property taxes and he gets income tax write-offs by
donating $25000 to the Synagogue

and other amounts of money to his Foundation. This allows his kids to
attend school tuition-free

and allows him to expense a lot of personal expenses. What a racket!

Take all your income and donate it back to yourself via tax exempt orgs
where you can spend it on as

expenses to operate your car, pay the electric and water bills, etc.

I guess if you are a hypocritical "liberal" democrat who advocates raising
taxes on everyone else, this is all permissible.)

Emanuel's 4228 North Hermitage home is on e of the largest in the
neighborhood, with a side yard that appears to be a vacant lot, making the
Emanuels' property the largest portion on the block.

Other North Hermitage homes on Emanuel's block are valued in the $500,000
plus range. According to Cook County Treasurer's website, the Chicago
owners of nearby 118 year old 4222 North Hermitage pay almost $6800
annually. The family at 4224 North Heritage pays $6000 each year in
property taxes.

President Obama - himself a connected, Chicago insider who has benefited
from questionable land deals - may find it difficult to explain why his
very own Chicago-based chief of staff doesn't pay property taxes like the
"little guy" he claims to represent. Or perhaps allowing his wealthy
friends to avoid taxes is part of Obama's trickle down redistribution
economics. It's certainly the kind of "change" we Illinoisans can believe
in...since we're quite familiar with it here in the federal indictment
land of Daley, Blagojevich, Madigan, Jones, Cellini, Rezko, etc.
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Old 06 March 2009, 11:00 PM
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Leaving aside their somewhat hyperbolic introduction, this site seems to be the source of this particular email and they say
According to Mr. Eric Herman, director of communications for the Cook County Assessor's Office, the Emanuel's home consists of two non-sequentially numbered lots - 4232 N. Hermitage Ave. and 4228 N. Hermitage Ave. We do not know exactly why they are non-sequential.

Mr. Herman wrote us that "the tax bill is listed where the Emanuel home is located" and that "they are on two lots." According to Mr. Herman, "for tax purposes the property is listed as 4232 N. Hermitage Ave."...but "4228 N. Hermitage is listed as the mailing address on the tax records."

While there is no PIN number associated with 4228 N. Hermitage, there is one for 4232 N. Hermitage, which when checked on the Cook County Treasurer's website, shows property taxes of $13,022.60 paid last year. FYI - the value of the Emanuel's home when purchased ten years ago was $695,000. We have no way of knowing if the property taxes paid on 4232 N. Hermitage are fairly assessed.

Again, according to Mr. Herman, the Cook County Assessor's Office doesn't "assess property by address". They "do it by PIN". And according to Mr. Herman it seems "apparent" that "a previous owner had taken three lots and turned them into two."
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