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Thomas Anthony Jaconetty Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Mr. Jaconetty has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the legal industry

For dedicated legal service and civic duty, Thomas Anthony Jaconetty was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in the World.

    CHICAGO, IL, November 15, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Thomas Anthony Jaconetty a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Mr. Jaconetty celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Born to George Bernard and Mary Jane (Sgarioto) Jaconetty in the Windy City in 1953, Mr. Jaconetty received an AB in History (Honors) and Political Science (Honors) from Loyola University, Summa Cum Laude, in 1975 and a JD from Northwestern University in 1978. A certified review appraiser and certified valuation consultant, he served as Deputy Assessor, Valuation and Appeals, for the Cook County Assessor's Office from 2010 through his retirement from an over 44 year career in local government (nearly 38 years in the service of Cook County), on November 30, 2018. He has maintained a private practice since 1979. Mr. Jaconetty is widely recognized for his expertise in the fields of real estate taxation and administration, election law (particularly in ballot access), and real estate. He has practiced law in the Circuit Court of Cook County and before three districts of the Illinois Appellate Court as well as the Illinois Supreme Court.

Previous roles before his tenure with the Cook County Assessor included First Assistant Commissioner (2007-2010), Chief Deputy Commissioner (1989-2006), Court-appointed Commissioner (1988), Deputy Commissioner (1983-1987) and Assistant to Commissioner (1981-1983) for the Cook County Board of Review (a real estate tax appeal agency). In 1980, Mr. Jaconetty was an assistant corporation counsel with the Chicago Department of Law and, in 1979, an administrative assistant with the Chicago Department of Aviation. He has also served as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School.

Since retirement, Mr. Jaconetty has been engaged in private law practice and volunteer activity in various non-profit organizations. He continues to judge in Moot Court Competitions for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and Northwestern University School of Law, and both he and his wife mentor and judge student projects at all levels of the Chicago Metro History Fair competition.

Over the past thirty years Mr. Jaconetty has been a lecturer and presenter for a whole host of professional organizations. These have included: the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Chicago Bar Association (CBA) as well as for ABA, Advocates Society, Appraisal Institute, Chicago Board of Realtors, Lorman Education Services, Lincoln Institute Land Policy, International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, Colorado Tax Assessors Association, Commerce Clearing House (Illinois State Tax Reports), Commercial Forum of Chicago, National Business Institute, National Association of State and Local Equity Funds, NAHB Multi-Family Housing Credit Group, National Tax Lien Association, Northeastern Regional Association of Assessing Officers, Chicago Realtors Board, Chicago Real Estate Investment Association, Institute of Professionals in Taxation, State Tax Notes, and Wichita Tax Program. For nineteen years, he has enjoyed volunteering as a history lecturer at grammar and high schools and for fourteen years mentoring junior high and high school student historical research projects under the auspices of the Chicago Metro History Fair as part of the annual National History Day competition.

Mr. Jaconetty is admitted to practice in Illinois, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Justinian Society of Italian-American Lawyers, and the Advocates Society of Lawyers.

He has served his profession and his community through his involvement with, family memberships in, and financial support for, various schools, committees, non-profits, and museums, just to scratch the surface. Roles over the years include Board of Directors, Regina Dominican High School (2009-Present), De Paul University College of Law Lecturer, (2014-present), Adjunct Professor, John Marshal Law School (2008-present), Guest Lecturer at John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois (2013, 2015-2016), High School Lecturer (2008-present), Athletic Board, St. Eugene Grammar School (2005-2006), Chair, Planning Committee, National Conference of State Tax Judges (2002-2004), Member of the National Conference of State Tax Judges (1996-2010), Cook County Democratic Party General Counsel (1994-present), For 20 years as President or Board of Director, and still member Polish and American Citizens Club (1981-present), President, Italian American Catholic Association, Chicago, IL (1981-1989), Chair, Executive, Master Plan, Coordinating and Institutional Advancement Committees of the Regina Dominican Board of Directors, Judge, Northwestern University Moot Court Competitions and Chicago Metro History Fair, Chicago West Suburban UNICO Member (2014-present),Weber High School Alumni Association Advisory Board (2017-present), Old Timers' Baseball Association, Art Institute of Chicago, Channel 11-PBS, WYCC PBS Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Botanical Garden, Illinois Special Olympics, National Trust for Historical Preservation, Library of Congress and Smithsonian, Illinois Alzheimer's Association, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library (Springfield), National WWII Museum (New Orleans), the Chicago History Museum, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Soaring Eagle Academy, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Center for Enriched Living, Bishop Sullivan Center (Kansas City), several local and national veterans organizations, Irish-American Heritage Center (Chicago) and a Faculty Associate of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (1995-2012).

Mr. Jaconetty has been an editor and chapter author for IICLE of the "State and Local Taxation," Handbook 2016, (2013, 2010, 2007, 2004) and a chapter author since 1991, as well as an author for the IICLE "Election Law" Handbook (2016, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2002, 1998, 1995, 1991). He has also served as the editor and author of various articles in the International Association of Assessing Officers' (IAAO) "Valuation of Subsidized Housing" (2003) and "Issues Confronting Properties Affected by Contamination or Environmental Problems" (2002) anthologies as well as a contributor to the IAAO "Property Tax Policies and Administrator Practices, Canada, United States" (2000) and its "Standard on the Valuation of Properties Affected by Environmental Contamination (1999-2001, 2015-2016) He also served as assistant editor and indexer of Corwin on the Constitution" (Cornell University Press 1981). He has been a court-appointed public member to a dozen electoral boards, had served for ten years as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and has contributed nineteen articles to professional journals or publications and authored several book chapters.

Mr. Jaconetty has served as Chairman ten times and has been a member of the IAAO Legal Committee (1991-2018). He was also appointed to serve as a member of six separate Civic Federation of Chicago, mayoral, Cook County, and State of Illinois task forces and committees on property tax reform from 1994 through 2008. He also served as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Election Law Committee three times (1995, 2005, 2008) and Illinois Department of Revenue's "Revenue Act Recodification Committee" (1992), as well as a member of the Illinois Governor Transition Committee, Board and Commissions Sub-committee (2003). His professional affiliations have encompassed five bar associations, IICLE, IAAO, the National Association of Review Appraisers and Mortgage Underwriters (NARA & MU), the Northwestern Law, Loyola University, and Weber High School Associations, Pi Sigma Alpha (student member), and Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Colleges Honor Society). Furthermore, Mr. Jaconetty has served on the Chicago Bar Association's Election Law Committee since 1991, and as Chair (1993-1994) and member (1989 to present) of the ISBA State and Local Taxation Section Council (SALT). He twice served as ISBA Assembly Member (1992-1994), and held the role of Vice Chair or member of several subcommittees of the ISBA SALT.

In recognition of his service, along with his wife Judith Hamill, he has received the Martin De Porres and the Regina Caeli Awards from Regina Dominican High School (2010, 2017). Mr. Jaconetty has been recipient of "Man of the Year" and "Charles Plichta" Awards from the Polish and American Citizens Club (2009, 2005, 1987), the IAAO Clifford Allen "Most Valuable Member Award" (2006) and most recently was inducted in its inaugural class of "Fellows" (2018). He has received the "Lawrence Lasser Tax Judge of the Year" award from the National Conference of State Tax Judges (2005), Family Patronage Awards (along with Judith) from the Norridge Marlins Swim Team (2003-2006). He has been recognized with seven IAAO Presidential Citations and Special Service Awards (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009), the Donohoo Essay Award (1996), and two nominations for the Barnard Award. Mr. Jaconetty was also a co-recipient, with Judith Hamill, of the Archdiocese of Chicago Christi Fideles Award (2014).

For dedicated legal service and generous civic duty, Mr. Jaconetty was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in the World, as well as the 1991 to 1992 volume of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He is the father of Nicole Alicia (with whom he has co-authored an historical monograph on the origins of the Juvenile Court movement in late 19th century Chicago), and the husband of Judith Hamill (an accomplished urban planner and grant writer with a long career in municipal government and finance and educational foundation work). In his spare time, Mr. Jaconetty enjoys traveling and reading.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mr. Jaconetty has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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