Richard D. Worsek
RICHARD D. WORSEK co-founded the firm in 1983, and is now Senior Counsel. His practice is limited to ad valorem property taxation.
Mr. Worsek has 40 years of experience in this field, representing owners of office buildings, shopping centers, retail stores, hotels, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, pipe lines, tank farms, quarries, steel mills, mixed-used developments, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, condominium associations, cooperatives, apartments and single family residences. He has provided counsel to clients and represented them in seeking incentives and exemptions and has handled valuation and legal cases at all levels from assessor’s offices to the state supreme court.
He served as president of the Illinois Property Tax Lawyers Association from 2011 through 2020, is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association State and Local Tax Council, and the Property Tax Advisory Committee of the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois. Through all of these organizations, he has been active in shaping policy on legislative and administrative matters affecting property taxpayers, including drafting legislation that became part of the Illinois Property Tax Code. He previously served as a member of the Cook County Assessor’s Tax Policy Forum, which analyzed and developed recommendations to improve the Cook County property tax system. Other professional affiliations include the American and Chicago Bar Associations and Institute for Professionals in Taxation. Additionally, he has frequently spoken before public and private groups on real estate tax issues.
Mr. Worsek is a trustee of the Center for Enriched Living, a life enrichment and community center for people with developmental disabilities. He was a founding board member and served on its capital campaign steering committee, which raised the funds to build a permanent facility. He is also a director of the Nate Wasserman Camp Fund, which awards summer camp scholarships to kids who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy camp experiences.
Richard earned a B.S. with high honors and J.D. from the University of Illinois. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1979 and spent his first four years practicing law with the firm of Chadwell & Kayser, Ltd.