What does this exemption do?
This exemption reduces the
equalized assessed value (EAV) by the amount of the
exemption. Beginning with the 2015 (payable 2016) year,
the reduction is:
- All EAV from the property (before taxes are
calculated) for a veteran with at least a 70%
- $5,000 of EAV from the property (before taxes
are calculated) for a veteran with a 50%-69%
- $2,500 of EAV from the property (before taxes
are calculated) for a veteran with a 30%-49%
Who can qualify for this
To qualify for the Disabled
Veterans'; Standard Homestead Exemption the veteran
must meet the following requirements:
- Be an Illinois resident who has served as a
member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty or
state active duty, Illinois National Guard, or U.S.
Reserve Forces, and not dishonorably discharged.
- Have at least a 30% service-connected
disability certified by the U.S. Department of
- Must be the owner of record and occupy the
house as of January 1 of the assessment year.
- The property must have a total equalized
assessed value of less than $250,000 for the
How do I apply for this
You must apply for the
exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can
get an application here
Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption Form or
you can call (217) 554-1940 and one will be mailed to
you. After the initial application is approved, you
will be mailed a renewal form each subsequent year.