Jim Chipman has spent over 20 years in the real estate taxation field. He was executive director and legal counsel for the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board for 12 years, where he was responsible for the administration of the board’s multi-million dollar budget and the management of its staff. During Jim’s tenure as executive director, he oversaw all matters involving the expansion of the board’s jurisdiction to Cook County through a legislative mandate. He began his employment with the board in 1983 as a hearing officer, during which time he travelled to nearly every county in the state and presided over thousands of appeals from simple residences and farms to complex commercial and industrial facilities involving hundreds of millions of dollars in contested taxes. Jim also held the position of Assistant General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Revenue, where he advised the department on a variety of issues. He holds an active license as an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker.
Jim has lectured on property tax related issues for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) as well as numerous international, state, and local assessment organizations. He has also authored several articles that have appeared in the Journal of Property Tax Management, the Illinois Bar Journal, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and Illinois Tax Facts, a publication of Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois. One was cited by the Illinois Appellate Court in Illini Country Club v. Property Tax Appeal Board, 263 Ill.App.3d 410, 635 N.E.2d 1347 (4th Dist. 1994), appeal denied 158 Ill.2d 551, 645 N.E.2d 1358 (1994). Jim also wrote a chapter for IICLE’s 2005 Real Estate Taxation practice handbook.
Jim has also served in a number of leadership roles in local and state organizations, including as chair of the ISBA’s State and Local Taxation Section Council, Administrative Law Section Council, and Standing Committee on Government Lawyers. He was a member of the ISBA Assembly and served as chair of its Finance Committee for three years.