There are two recent additions to the mapping applications Whiteside County offers: Flood Plain Inquiry and Land Use & Zoning Inquiry. Flood Plain Inquiry provides information on flood zones and associated properties. The Land Use & Zoning Inquiry application displays data regarding current and future land use along with zoning designations. Both applications can be accessed on the county GIS webpage.
Mobile Home bills were mailed 04/21/17 and are due June 1, 2017.
Real Estate bills will be mailed 05/10/17 and 1st installment will be due June 15, 2017 with 2nd installment being due September 1, 2017.
For more information, visit the Collector's page.
Darlene F Hook - Whiteside County Treasurer
Check out Whiteside County GIS Public Map Gallery for all our online offerings at http://arcg.is/2pyI69P.
How to be an election judge:
The qualifications necessary to be an election judge are:
- be a registered voter
- be of good repute and character
- be able to read and write the English language
- not a candidate for any office in the election
- not a precinct committeeman
At each polling place, there are judges from both major political parties. They are responsible for the administration of election procedures, and ensure that only qualified persons are permitted to vote. They also give assistance to voters, and demonstrate how to vote on the vote recorder. Election judges are nominated by the political parties. To become a judge, contact the chairman of your political party, the County Clerk, or precinct committeeman.
Birth, Death & Marriage records are deemed “Vital Records” and are not public records. Whiteside County has Birth and Death records back to 1878 and Marriage records back to 1839. To obtain a vital record, you can come into the office, order through the mail or you can order records online, click "Vital Records Online" above. Information for each record is detailed below.
Copies of birth records are available, upon written request, only to the individual named on the Certificate, to the parents or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required), to the legal representative of the individual to whom the record relates, or upon court order. The cost of a certified copy is $10.00. Additional Copies purchased at the same time are $6.00 each. We also require a picture ID or two other forms of ID.
Copies of Death records are available, upon written request, to blood relatives of the individual named on the certificate, to persons with a personal or property right interest, to the legal representative of any of the aforementioned persons or upon order of the court. Certified copies are available for $14.00. Additional copies purchased at the same time are $10.00 each. We also require a picture ID or two other forms of ID.
Certified marriage records are available upon written request and a fee of $10.00. Additional copies purchased at the same time are $6.00 each. We also require a picture ID or two forms of ID.
All other records in the office are public records and certified copies of most are available for a fee of $1.00 for the first page plus $.25 for each additional page of that same document.
Genealogists may have access to the indexes of Vital Records prior to 1916 and may obtain copies of Birth records older than 75 years and Death records older than 20 years. Fees are the same as listed above and records will be stamped “FOR GENEALOGY ONLY”. A non-certified copy can also be issued, upon request, for a fee of $8.00. We also require a picture ID or two forms of ID.
**Please note** Absolutely no information can be given over the telephone regarding Vital Records. Under Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535-Vital Records Act) only specific individuals have legal access to birth, death or marriage certificates. The Whiteside County Clerk’s Office will issue certificates to authorized individuals only. To do otherwise is a violation of Illinois Law. Vital Records are not considered public information, nor are they subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
A new mapping application is available providing information regarding those properties in the County currently up for the annual Tax Sale. Properties are searchable by PIN or by clicking on the map. Find the new application provided by the Collector's Office and GIS Office by clicking Here.
Whiteside County Real Estate tax bills were mailed on Monday, May 9, 2016. The first installment is due June 10, 2016. The second installment is due September 2, 2016. Tax information can be obtained at http://whitesideil.devnetwedge.com
- By mail- a postmark showing the due date is acceptable to avoid late penalty
- In person at Courthouse – Morrison
- Automatic ACH withdrawal – forms available at www.whiteside.org
- Credit card (convenience fee required) through internet site www.illinoisepay.com or toll free (1-877-690-3729) using Jurisdiction Code #7038 or over the counter at Courthouse – Morrison
- At most banks in Whiteside County
Find your polling place in Whiteside County for the March 2016 election with a new web mapping application produced by Whiteside County GIS. You may enter your address or click a location on the map to find polling place and precinct information.
Visit Election Polling Places Here.
200 East Knox Street
GIS Site: whiteside.maps.arcgis.com
GIS Mission Statement & Vision
Whiteside County GIS strives to work in partnership with County Departments to support the activities of the County by providing comprehensive GIS data, infrastructure, and services to enable decision-making, improve efficiency, and enhance service to the public.
It is the vision of Whiteside County GIS to provide an innovative GIS environment incorporating current and emerging technologies using a cost-effective, county wide enterprise approach.
What is a GIS?
A GIS is a Geographic Information System. GIS software represents features on the earth, such as cities, roads, addresses, etc. in a digital map and database. People use GIS to visualize, question, analyze, and understand this data. GIS makes map data interactive and therefore, much more useful.
How does Whiteside County use GIS?
Whiteside County established a GIS in 2004 with the original purpose of providing a base map of all the properties in the county for use by the Assessor’s office. However, the GIS has expanded to include many other forms of data used by several county offices. Parcel map maintenance and supporting the tax assessment process is the main focus of the GIS office. However, we also have layers that support E911 and public safety, election and voting information, data that help in decision-making by the Planning and Zoning and Economic Development offices, along with many other forms of data and maps.
How can I obtain a copy of a map?
Whiteside County GIS can provide map prints in-house. In addition, the GIS parcel maps are viewable online through our Tax Parcel Viewer.
Assessments may change for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for assessment changes are reassessment by a township assessor, equalization by the Supervisor of Assessments, or equalization by the Board of Review.
Reassessment by a township assessor may occur because new construction or remodeling has taken place, because there is damage to the building(s) due to storms, fire, etc., because a reassessment of a particular area has taken place, because there has been a change in the property's value, etc.
Any reassessment by a township assessor that results in an assessment change is always accompanied by two (2) things: 1) an assessment change notice mailed to the owner and 2) notice published in a newspaper. A property owner can appeal these assessment changes to the Board of Review.
The time to appeal an assessment or reassessment to the Board of Review is when notice of an assessment change is received in the mail or assessment change publications are noted in the newspaper. Notices are sent to all property owners to alert them of an assessment change when a change (either up or down) has been made in the assessment placed upon their property. If a property owner waits until tax bills are issued to complain about an increased assessment it is too late to appeal the assessment for that year.
Equalization by the Supervisor of Assessments is generally the result of a sales ratio study and/or three (3) year median level of assessments report showing assessments in a particular area to be above or below the 33 1/3% level mandated by statute. Equalization by the Supervisor of Assessments is always accompanied by a notice in a local newspaper stating that equalization has occurred and giving the factors applied. If necessary, the equalized assessment can be appealed to the Board of Review.
Again, the time to appeal a change in assessment due to equalization by the Supervisor of Assessments is when the notice of equalization is published. If a property owner waits until tax bills are issued to complain about an assessment increase, it will be too late to appeal the assessment increase for that year.
Equalization by the Board of Review is generally the result of a three year median level of assessments report showing the levels of assessment to be above or below the 33 1/3% level mandated by law. Equalization by the Board of Review is preceded by notices published in local newspapers expressing the Board of Review's intent to equalize, the proposed township factors, and the date and time of a meeting at which taxpayers may object to the application of the factor to their property. After this meeting, a notice of equalization by the Board of Review stating the township factors to be used is published, and individual notices are mailed to every property owner whose assessment was changed by the equalization. Board of Review equalization takes place in the last thirty (30) days of the annual Board of Review session.
Objections to the application of the equalization factor may be stated to the Board of Review at the public meeting held for that purpose or to the Board of Review within thirty (30) days after publication of their intent to equalize. If a property owner misses the public meeting held for objections to equalization or the thirty (30) days in which to file from publication of the Board of Review's intent to equalize, equalization by the Board of Review can be appealed to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. This must be done within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of Board of Review equalization.