Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi speaks during a special meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee on Dec. 15.

For the business leaders and property owners who were already sour on Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and his wave of sweeping changes to the county’s tax assessment system, 2020 did little to put them at ease.

In April, Kaegi shocked property owners and other county officials when he announced his office would send new valuations to millions of property owners all across the county that took into account the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaegi pitched the overhaul of the office’s typical assessment system as a way to give property owners a more accurate read on how much they should owe in property taxes in 2021.

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