2022 Exemption Applications

Per the Cook County Assessor’s office, all exemption applications for the 2022 tax year may not be available until mid-April of 2023.

Senior Exemption

Residents are eligible for this exemption if they are 65 years of age or older (born in 1957 or prior) and own and occupy their property as their principal place of residence. Once this exemption is applied, the Assessor’s Office automatically renews it for you each year. A Senior Exemption provides property tax savings by reducing the equalized assessed value of an eligible property.

Senior Freeze

Residents are eligible for this exemption if they are 65 years of age or older and have a total household annual income of $65,000 or less in the 2021 calendar year. A Senior Freeze Exemption provides property tax savings by freezing the equalized assessed value (EAV) of an eligible property. This does not automatically freeze the amount of their tax bill, only the EAV remains at the fixed amount. Tax rates may change and thus alter a tax bill. This exemption requires annual renewal.

Tutors Needed

Maine Township’s MaineStay Youth & Family Services is searching for dedicated, enthusiastic tutors who are passionate about helping youth in the community achieve their educational goals. We are looking for tutors who are interested in working with students in grades 2-5. Pay is between $25-$35/hour depending on degree and experience.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or currently pursuing one
  • Experience in tutoring students at the elementary level
  • Organized and enthusiastic
  • Available Tuesday nights for 1 hour/week minimum

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Youth Program Coordinator Emily Toomey at etoomey@mainetown.com. Interested candidates should also complete an online Employment Application. Please select MaineStay as department.

Part-Time Family Therapist Job Opening

Join us on our mission to bring quality mental health care to underserved populations in our local community! We are an award-winning provider, serving the mental health needs of our community since 1975, looking to hire a Family Therapist to assist with achieving the mission of MaineStay Youth & Family Services by offering a variety of therapeutic services to families, youth, adults, and couples. This position provides therapy services and works to enhance the functioning of families in need while promoting positive youth development. This position requires a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, or a related field; experience working with youth and families; excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills; and the ability to work day and evening hours. LPC/LCPC, AMFT/LMFT, LSW/LCSW license (or working towards licensure) required. 19 hours/week. No benefits.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to MaineStay Director Richard Lyon at rlyon@mainetown.com. Interested candidates should also complete an online Employment Application. Please select MaineStay as department.

Circuit Court Clerk in the Community – February 18

Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Y. Martinez and her staff will be providing Cook County residents with essential information about court cases and records.

Where: Maine Township Town Hall
1700 Ballard Rd, Park Ridge, IL 60068

When: Saturday, February 18, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please refer to event flyer for more details.

Event Flyer – English

Event Flyer – Spanish

Event Flyer – Polish

Event Flyer – Chinese

Happy New Year from the Maine Township Assessor’s Office

As we begin the new year, we look forward to continuing our superior customer service to our residents.  We offer face-to-face communication with our knowledgeable staff and pride ourselves in responding to each of our resident’s concerns.

2022 First Installment Property Tax Bill Posted

Residents will have an extra month to pay their First Installment property taxes this year. The new due date will be April 3, 2023. The 2022 First Installment Property tax bill is currently posted on the Cook County Treasurer’s website at cookcountytreasurer.com. The bills will be mailed out in late February or early March. Please note, partial payments are accepted. The first installment tax bills are always 55% of the total amount paid in from the previous year.

Do You Pay Your Property Taxes?

There are five ways to pay your property taxes:

  • Pay Online for Free on the Cook County Treasurer’s Website.  There is no fee if you pay from your bank account.
  • Pay at Chase.  You may pay at any Chase Bank location in Illinois, including those located outside Cook County.
  • Pay at a Community Bank.  You may pay at more than 100 community banks where you have an account.
  • Pay by Mail.  Open item and forfeiture redemption bills may only be paid by mail or at the Treasurer’s Office.
  • Pay at the Treasurer’s Office.  The office is located at 118 N. Clark St, Room 112, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

Appealing Your 2022 Reassessment

The Cook County Assessor has not yet released the 2022 appeal decisions that were filed back in September and October.   Once the decisions are released, we will be placed on the Cook County Board of Review’s schedule for the second opportunity to appeal.  Watch the Cook County Board of Review’s website at cookcountyboardofreview.com for the updated calendar.  Once the township officially opens, we will begin the process of filing appeals for residential property.

With Inclement Conditions, Observing Caution is Necessary

As the weather begins to kick into the true Winter season, Highway Commissioner Ed Beauvais is encouraging Maine Township residents to proceed with caution when traveling the Township’s unincorporated responsibility of managing 21.8 miles of roadway and approximately 100 streets.

As part of the Highway’s management, they are responsible for maintaining snow removal and icing in throughout our community. Maine Township Highway Commissioner Ed Beauvais and his team remain steadfast and meticulous in their essential service by working around the clock to protect the safety of our residents and motorists.

“Recently, the snow has come on suddenly and with great succession,” said Township Highway Commissioner Beauvais. “We are asking all residents to exercise caution and patience while navigating the roadways throughout the holiday season,” Beauvais stated.

Beauvais further elaborated that due to the recent roadside and pedestrian accidents in the county and township, it’s incumbent upon motorists to put safety and defensive driving at front of mind.

Beauvais was speaking about the recent traffic accidents in Des Plaines and Arlington Heights resulting in catastrophic loss of life, injury and enormous damage to private property.

“These unfortunate accidents are sadly a reminder to be careful and always remember to take your time when faced with inclement weather conditions,” Beauvais further explained.

In closing, Commissioner Beauvais is asking residents not to hesitate to call the Highway Department at 847-297-5225 to report an issue or concern along our roadways, streets, sidewalks curbs and any other public right of ways during this holiday season!

Looking Back on 2022

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another year. We hope 2022 was a good one for you and your loved ones.

For us here at Maine Township, we spent the past twelve months improving and expanding the programs and services we offer to residents like you, and we’re excited to share some of the highlights in this video.

Continue reading for additional ways that each department contributed to making Maine Township work better for you in 2022. This is far from a comprehensive list, and is meant to provide just a snapshot of each department:

Highway Commissioner Ed Beauvais and the Highway Department

  • Entered into an agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to improve drainage and bring flood relief to many residents near Lake Mary Anne.
  • Partnered with Com-Ed to increase LED street lighting, which improves efficiency and decreases cost to the residents and taxpayers of Maine Township.
  • Increased infrastructure and road improvements compared to last year.

Clerk Pete Gialamas and supporting staff

  • Improved accessibility in his office by adding a translation service to serve more residents than ever before
  • Assisted residents with passport renewals and other services

Assessor Susan Moylan-Krey and supporting staff

  • Helped many Township residents complete their property tax appeals and shared important news and updates regarding property tax payments and schedules

MaineStreamers – supports people 55 and over with programs, events and services

  • Hosted more outdoor events like Tailgate Bingo and concerts, and also added a larger event: the Hawaiian Luau, catered by Sunrise Grill in Des Plaines.
  • Traveled across the midwest to places like area state parks and Mackinac Island
  • Provided cost-effective entertainment for MaineStreamers members by utilizing low-cost venues like the Township parking lot for events
  • Learn more, including how you can become a member in 2023

Recovery Connection -connects young adults who want to stay clean and sober with each other, as well as community resources, social events, and a strong network of peers to support each other and be positive examples of recovery

  • Hosted 50 Friday night recovery meetings
  • Hosted 6 special events including Chicago Wolves Hockey and sober comedy outing
  • Consulted with over 50 families and hundreds of individuals regarding addiction and mental health services
  • Conducted 100 meetings with the American Heart Association on quitting smoking
  • Two Recovery Connection alumni gave speeches at a national recovery conference and spoke about how Recovery Connection supported their sobriety journey

MaineStay Youth & Family Services – supports the growth of healthier families in the Maine Township community by providing affordable strength-based counseling and comprehensive programs focused on prevention and education

  • Provided over 1,700 sessions of counseling services
  • Established partnership with Apollo Elementary School to provide counseling services at Apollo to students with identified barriers to receiving services at our office
  • Started new poetry, yoga, cooking, and LGBTQ+ youth programs
  • Raised a record-breaking amount of net revenue from the Maine Township Community Garage Sale ($5,610.53 and 35% increase from last event) to support our summer camp for at-risk youth

Food Pantry

  • Remodeled the Food Pantry and planted a garden to accommodate perishable items and provide more balanced nutritional options for Food Pantry clients
  • Established partnerships and participated in many events to accept donations, increase pantry capacity, and better serve our community
  • Provided “weekend go-bags” to low-income children. These bags provide food for children over the weekend.

General Assistance

  • Supported residents in challenging times by assisting them in filing applications for public aid programs
  • Assisted seniors with Medicare applications

We’ll all continue working hard to serve you in 2023.

Want to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child? Have 3 Hours Per Month? Become a Mentor!

Having a positive adult role model can make a lasting difference in the life of a child. We are looking for two males to serve as mentors to youth ages 8-12.

This award-winning mentoring program, offered in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, meets from 6-7:30 pm twice each month in a group setting. Activities are planned by trained staff and involve a combination of group activities and one-on-one time with mentors and youth. Feel free to pass this information onto anyone who might benefit from giving back to our future generations in this manner.

If you are ready to share the wisdom from your life experience or are interested in learning more, please contact Emily Toomey at 847-297-2510 x272 or etoomey@mainetown.com.

More details are available at https://mainetown.com/departments/mainestay/mentoring.

Kids Winter Fest – January 6

Join MaineStay Youth & Family Services for a fun-filled Kids Winter Fest! This event will feature fun and unique activities where kids can get out of the house and do something new and exciting while making new friends. The day will be split up with games, crafts, and snacks for kids ages 6-12.

Activities include Escape Room Mysteries, Kids Jeopardy, Cookie Decorating, and Winter Crafts, with a Hot Chocolate and Trail Mix Bar.

This event is offered free of charge to residents of Maine Township or children attending a Maine Township school and advance registration is required. Kids Winter Fest will take place from 1-4 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023 at the Maine Township Town Hall at 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Space is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up.

This Event is Full and Registration is Closed