Please join us for WCA's luncheon with special guest speaker Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi.
Topic: Creating A Fair, Ethical and Transparent Assessor's Office
Assessor Fritz Kaegi took office this past December on a platform of reform. Promising to bring fairness, ethics and transparency to the Cook County Assessor's Office, he and his team launched a 100 Day Plan focused on operational changes, technological upgrades and eliminating favoritism.
With property taxes never far from the minds of Cook County residents and industrial/commercial properties in an increasingly challenged environment, Assessor Kaegi believes the changes he's making to the office will increase predictability, with benefits for both the business community and the average taxpayer.
Fritz Kaegi Bio:
Fritz Kaegi is the Cook County Assessor. Prior to beginning his career in Cook County government, Fritz spent his career valuing assets as a financial manager at Columbia Wanger Asset Management. In 13 years at Columbia Wanger, Fritz served as a financial steward, helping average families save for retirement as well as focusing on global small companies. In addition to being a Chartered Financial Analyst, Fritz also received the Certified Illinois Assessment Officer (CIAO) designation to deepen his understanding of the property tax assessment system.
Fritz was born and raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, where his parents have lived for 40 years. He attended Kenwood Academy, did his undergraduate studies at Haverford College (just outside of Philadelphia), and received his MBA from Stanford University. Fritz's wife Rebecca is a teacher, and has fought to create the Union of Noble Educators, a union of charter school educators in Chicago.
Fritz and Rebecca live in Oak Park with their three children, William (10), Rose (8), and Anna (6). Fritz is a member of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, and is an assistant coach in Oak Park Youth Baseball and Softball.