If you're considering prepaying your 2017 property taxes, here are your options:
Cook County: Residents can prepay only the first installment of their 2017 property tax bills, available at cookcountytreasurer.com. Prepayments can be made in person, via mail, online or through Chase banks, a new feature enacted this year. Payments are due Dec. 31.
People can prepay in person, by mail or via their bank's online bill payment program. They can prepay up to 105 percent of their 2016 tax bill. For more information, visit dupageco.org. Deadline is Dec. 29.
Kane County: Payments can be mailed or made in person and must be received by Dec. 29. People can pay up to 100 percent of their 2016 tax bill rounded down to the nearest $100. Payments should include a form available at kanecountytreasurer.org.
Lake County: People can prepay in person or via mail. The office doesn't accept credit cards, so people have to bring a check (please note your property PIN number), money order or cash. All payments must be received by Dec. 29. People can prepay up to 100 percent of their 2016 tax bill. For more information visit lakecountyil.gov/539/Pre-Payments.
McHenry County: People must fill out an advance tax agreement, available at the treasurer's office or at mchenrytreasurer.org. They must submit the form and prepayment either in person or via mail by Dec. 29. People can prepay up to 100 percent of their 2016 tax bill.