Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth improperly claimed two homeowner exemptions from 2007 to 2010. The Democrat claimed homestead exemptions in both DeKalb County and Cook County, where she now lives, according to county and federal records. Illinois law allows residents to claim the exemption on their primary residence to reduce the amount of property taxes owed. The DeKalb exemption was filed first, and county officials say such exemptions are automatically renewed unless residents notify the assessor's office they've changed their main address. A spokeswoman says Duckworth was unaware that she'd been claiming the exemptions simultaneously. Duckworth says she'll pay the approximately $1,900 she saved over the four years and a late fee.
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