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Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption

The Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption provides qualifying Veterans a one-time $5,000 reduction to their home’s equalized assessed value (EAV). Qualifying Veterans who return from active duty in an armed conflict involving the U.S. armed forces can file an application upon their return home to receive this exemption. To apply for this exemption, please contact or visit your local County Assessor’s Office.

Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption

The new Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property’s EAV to a qualifying property owned by a Veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A $2,500 homestead exemption is available to a Veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 75% or a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service connected disability of at least 75%. A disabled Veteran must file an annual application by the county’s due date to continue to receive this exemption. To apply for this exemption, please contact or visit your local County Assessor’s Office.

Specially Adapted Housing Tax Exemption

This exemption is allowed on the assessed value of real property for which federal funds have been used for the purchase or construction of specially adapted housing for as long as the Veteran, or the spouse, or unmarried surviving spouse resides on the property. Assistance is provided for service-connected disabled veterans for the purpose of acquiring or remodeling suitable dwelling units with special fixtures or moveable facilities made necessary by the veteran's permanent and total service-connected disabilities. To apply for this exemption, please contact or visit your local Veteran Service Office.

Tax Exemption for Mobile Home

This exemption applies to the tax imposed by the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act when that property is owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran, spouse or unmarried surviving spouse as a home. The veteran must have received authorization of the Specially Adapted Housing Grant by the USDVA, whether benefit was used or not. Applicant must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois on January 1 of the tax year for which the exemption is being claimed. Disabled veterans that now live in a mobile home and never received the Specially Adapted Housing Grant are not eligible. Please contact your local service office for more information.

Veterans' Homes at Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy

Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Illinois Veterans with military service of one (1) day or more during WW I, WW II, the Korean or Vietnam conflicts, or during any period of time now, or in the future, recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a period of war. The veteran must have either been an Illinois resident upon entering the service, or have resided in the State of Illinois for one (1) year preceding application for admittance into a Veterans' Home. Peacetime veterans with one (1) year of HONORABLE military service may also be eligible. OTHER QUALIFYING CONDITIONS, AS REQUIRED, MUST BE MET. A spouse, or surviving spouse, may also qualify for admittance to the Quincy Veterans' Home.

Since each of the Veterans' Homes specialize in a variety of health care and social services, each Home provides a special brochure describing the human services available.

You may receive any one or all of the Veterans' Home brochures from any of the Veterans Service Offices listed in this brochure or from the Department of Veterans' Affairs Central Office.