CHICAGO - Chicago's collar counties of Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kendall and Kane rank among the East Coast's highest property tax-paying counties, according to Tax Foundation.org's property tax data collection. While Cook, the county wherein Chicago is located, is not among the 30 highest-paying property tax counties, the property owners surrounding Cook are paying property taxes comparable to those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
As of 2010 payments, Lake County's average property taxes on homes is $6,590, the 17th highest in the nation. DuPage at $5,899 and Kendall at $5,646 are listed as the 23rd and 28th highest. McHenry at $5,495 and Kane at $5,471 place those counties at 29th and 30th highest nationally. All five of those counties' taxes rose an average of $400 since Tax Foundation's 2009 assessment.
California, always cited as high in taxes, has only one county - Marin - list among the top 30. Illinois is the only Midwestern state listed among the highest-paying counties.