Every year the Cook County Assessor’s office sends out data to
communities showing what the Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) is of
every parcel within their boundaries. The Village of Lincolnwood uses
this data for two purposes – owner name and economic development. Both
of these uses are extremely valuable to the Village. Since the data has a
geographical reference, a Property Index Number or PIN, the Village can
use its Geographic Information System (GIS) to harvest, analyze and
create products. Lincolnwood depends on County data as a base for much
of its GIS features. It is very important to work together with the
County since we share infrastructure and geography.
Using the data provided by Cook County, Lincolnwood was able to
incorporate it into MapOffice™ Advanced, a specialized interactive
mapping application for all GIS Consortium members. By linking the Cook
County tabular data with Lincolnwood’s parcel data, they were able to
publish the owner’s name, EAV, and taxes owed into MapOffice Advanced™.
This simplifies the task of finding the owners name through a maze of
County websites and provides internal staff answers about property value
in regards to development.