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Certification of Pre-election Qualifications for the Office of Township and Multi-township Assessor


The Illinois Department of Revenue is required under Sections 2-45 and 2-50 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/2-45 and 2-50) to certify assessor pre-election qualifications by February 1 of the year prior to the election.  All candidates for the offices of township and multi-township assessor must satisfy pre-election qualifications based upon the equalized assessed value (EAV) of property in their assessment district.

New this year, the official certifications are being posted electronically to our website.  Our official certification of pre-election qualifications for the offices of township and multi-township assessor can be found on our website at:

A copy of the Township or Multi-Township Assessor Qualifications Chart can also be found at the above website.  The chart lists the approved designations for larger and intermediate townships and multi-townships as well as approved introductory courses for the smaller townships and multi-townships.

A candidate must file a certificate of his or her educational qualification with the township or multi-township clerk, the board of election commissioners, or other appropriate election authority prior to appointment, filing nominating papers, or participating as a candidate in any caucus, primary, or general election for the office of township or multi-township assessor.  If the certificate of educational qualification is not filed, the election authority must refuse to certify the name of the candidate to the proper election officials.

If a candidate is using the CIAO designation for large jurisdictions, or the department’s Township Assessor Introductory Course or the Basic Course from the IPAI prior to 1/1/1997 for introductory or intermediate jurisdictions, he or she is required to obtain a certificate of educational qualification from the Illinois Department of Revenue.  A candidate using one of the other designations listed in Section 2-45 and on the enclosed chart must furnish a copy of his or her designation and a letter from the organization establishing current membership in good standing.

Township and multi-township boards may petition the department for a revision of these pre-election qualifications under Section 2-52 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/2-52).  The petition process is described in the administrative rule (Section 110.162).  This rule is available on the department’s web page at

The time period for filing petitions is from February 1 – April 1, 2016.  The department will not consider any petition that has a postmark, date-stamp, or fax transmission receipt date after April 1, 2016.

If you have any questions concerning pre-election qualifications, contact the Illinois Department of Revenue at or