Unfortunately, in Illinois, there are several reasons for high taxes. Our state gives very little of the dollars collected to schools, so the burden is on the property taxes and that is a high burden. Plus, some school districts that have lower assess homes get less tax dollars per home, so they need to increase the rate. Or some communities have very few businesses and very little industry - they are called bedroom communities and the burden is on the homes with no one else contributing. Long and short is everyone pays more. Another reason for high taxes is that some towns in Illinois have Home Rule. Home rule allows the town to basically make the tax rate anything they want - no ceiling - no referendum for a vote. Perhaps the home is over-assessed. The home maybe overassessed due to no reassessment when the property values dropped. Taxes are very specific to the town, if you think you are getting value in that town with services, better schools, etc. Pay the taxes. If you don't, look at other towns with lower taxes.