Glasgow and D’Arcy Announce Illinois Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Bank’s Attempt to Obtain Refund from Joliet of $6 Million in Property Taxes on Evergreen Terrace
November 14, 2023
JOLIET— Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Joliet Mayor Terry D’Arcy announce that a landmark decision by the Illinois Supreme Court will save the City of Joliet from paying out $6 million in back property taxes that had been sought by the former owner of the Evergreen Terrace property which was subject to condemnation proceedings. In the unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court held that the plaintiff, MB Financial Bank, was not entitled to repayment of property taxes it paid between the date the condemnation complaint was filed and the date the city took possession of the property because MB enjoyed the continued use and benefit of the property during that time.
“This ruling is a literal fiscal bonanza for taxpayers,” Glasgow said. “The Supreme Court’s decision means that the City of Joliet is not required to reimburse MB Financial Bank, which owned and operated Evergreen Terrace during the pendency of the condemnation proceeding, for the property taxes the bank was legally obligated to pay. The ruling is a just and equitable victory for the taxpayers of Joliet since MB Financial Bank, not the City of Joliet, continued using and profiting from the property until the City took possession.”
Plaintiff MB Financial Bank had argued that it was entitled to property taxes paid between the date the condemnation complaint was filed and the date the City of Joliet took possession of the property. In rejecting this argument, the Supreme Court found that “it would be unreasonable to find that the plaintiffs are relieved from having to pay any of the property taxes that accrued during that time.”
“It would have been a devastating blow to the City of Joliet had it been ordered to refund over $6 million lawfully collected between 2005 and 2017,” D’Arcy said. “On behalf of the citizens of Joliet, I applaud the decision reached by the Supreme Court that protects our citizens by requiring the MB Financial to accept responsibility for paying property taxes throughout the
period it owned the Evergreen Terrace property. As the newly elected mayor of Joliet, I have to say this is quite the housewarming gift.”
In 2005, the City of Joliet had filed a condemnation complaint and sought to acquire ownership of the Evergreen Terrace apartment complex through eminent domain. The City acquired title to the property in 2017 following 12 years of litigation. While the litigation was pending, the apartment complex remained in operation and the owner, MB Financial Bank, N.A., continued to pay property taxes without protest. MB Financial filed a complaint in 2018, seeking a refund of the property taxes it had paid between the date the City filed the condemnation complaint and the date the City acquired ownership of the property.
Glasgow thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Pyles and attorney Kathy Sons of the Kavanagh Grumley & Gorbold, LLC law firm for their hard work and dedication in representing the Treasurer and other taxing bodies in Will County on behalf of the State’s Attorney’s Office.