Lake Zurich, IL
reply to SuperNet9
Re: Exemption Status - Home owner, How do I file? You need to appeal your assessment if that's the case, and there's a wealth of info available on that topic via google, and plenty of law offices/other services that will do it for you.
Remember that in IL we pay taxes in arrears, meaning the bills coming out later this year are for 2011's taxes, and the assessments coming out now are for next year's payments.
I think our real estate attorney or the title company took care of the homeowner's exemption when we bought our house, we didn't have to do anything special.
EDIT: you have a very brief time window during which you can appeal your assessment. Miss a deadline or fail to cross an i or dot a t, and you're done for the year.