Commissioner Samantha Steele

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Townships

Elk Grove, Evanston, Jefferson, Lakeview North Chicago,
Leyden, Maine, New Trier, Niles, Northfield,
Norwood Park, Rogers Park, West Chicago, Wheeling

Samantha Steele is a certified Level III Assessor/Appraiser who brings more than 15 years’ experience in the field of property valuations to her role as Commissioner for the Second District on the Cook County Board of Review.

Commissioner Steele has worked with assessors throughout the United States to establish best practices for residential and commercial property tax assessments and appeal analyses, as well as for business personal property in a variety of assignments.

Commissioner Steele previously served as a County Assessor in the state of Indiana, where she was the first Democrat elected county-wide in more than 30 years. In this role she implemented the use of innovative regression models to settle a backlog of property tax appeals en masse, addressed appeals at the Indiana Board of Tax Review, and taught extensively on assessment topics. She was also responsible for commercial and industrial assessments during the state’s General Reassessment, developed procedures to address contaminated properties, and served on the Lake County Property Tax Board of Appeals.

Commissioner Steele serves as a managing member of the Leanor Group, a woman-owned business founded to serve the specialized needs of local assessment governments. She has been an active member of the International Association of Assessing Professionals (IAAO) since 2007, having served as a member of their professional development committee presenting dynamic courses on valuations for conferences. She has also served as an Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) candidate, and played an integral role on the Cook County Assessor’s 2019 transition team.

Commissioner Steele attended both Purdue University and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, and has served as licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Indiana. She received her Real Estate and Fee Appraiser certifications from the Real Estate Certification Program (RECP). A native of Bridgeport, she now resides in Evanston with her family.

Commissioner Steele looks forward to applying her years of professional experience to ensure a more fair and accurate property tax system for the residents of Cook County.

Upcoming Events

Rogers Park Township Analyst Day

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District:
District 2 - Samantha Steele

A Board of Review analyst will be available to assist with filing property tax appeals, creating an online account, finding your PIN, and answering questions. 

Registration is highly suggested. You may arrive at 10:00 AM to work with an analyst on filing an appeal or general assistance. Attendees will be seen on first come first serve basis.  Please bring a copy of your most recent tax bill, or Property Index Number (PIN). Please register at https://forms.office.com/g/0Bpy2tP1fP  by July 29, 2024. 

Rogers Park Township Property Tax Workshop, Hosted by Commissioner Samantha Steele

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District:
District 2 - Samantha Steele

On August 5, 2024 at 6:00 PM  join Board of Review Commissioner Samantha Steele in partnership with local elected officials of Rogers Park Township for an informational seminar on how to appeal your property taxes

Chicago Public Library - Rogers Park Branch

6907 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60626

You will hear directly from Commissioner Steele on how and when to file an appeal to the Board of Review. 

Attendees may arrive at 5:30 PM to meet with an analyst to answer questions and file an appeal. A brief presentation will begin at 6:00 PM, with analysts available afterward to assist with appeals and questions.

Click below to register for this event:

https://forms.office.com/g/McDJ0g9RHs

Please bring your PIN Number, located on your 
property tax bill and questions.

The Deadline for Property Tax Appeals in
Rogers Park Township is August 20, 2024

City of Evanston Property Tax Workshop, Hosted by Commissioner Samantha Steele

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District:
District 2 - Samantha Steele

On August 12, 2024, at 6:30 PM join Board of Review Commissioner Samantha Steele in partnership with local elected officials of Evanston Township for an informational seminar on how to appeal your property taxes.                        

City of Evanston - Morton Civic Center

Parasol Room

2100 Ridge Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

You will hear directly from Commissioner Steele on how and when to file an appeal to the Board of Review. 

Attendees may arrive at 6:00 PM to meet with an analyst to answer questions and file an appeal. A brief presentation will begin at 6:30 PM, with analysts available afterward to assist with appeals and questions.

Click below to register for this event:

https://forms.office.com/g/raUtmgRUke

Please bring your PIN Number, located on your 
property tax bill and questions.