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Joe Berrios

Joe Berrios
Joseph Berrios is the Cook County Assessor. He was elected on Nov. 2, 2010.
Joseph Berrios is the Cook County Assessor. He was elected on Nov. 2, 2010. « Show less

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  • Don't look: Boss Madigan is playing the victim

     Don't look: Boss Madigan is playing the victim
    Of all the people who've been victims of raw political power in this corrupt state, I bet there's one name you never expected to see: Boss Madigan. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his...
  • Berrios political firings to cost taxpayers more than $500,000

    Berrios political firings to cost taxpayers more than $500,000
    Cook County taxpayers are expected to end up shelling out more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people Assessor Joseph Berrios fired for unlawful political reasons after his election in 2010. The payments, which county commissioners will consider...
  • Cook County Board approves $529,000 for patronage case

    Cook County Board approves $529,000 for patronage case
    The Cook County Board today approved a payout of more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people that a federal court monitor determined were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after he took office in late 2010....
  • For Madigan Democrats, there is such a thing as a free lunch

    For Madigan Democrats, there is such a thing as a free lunch
    Finally, in the sea of envy that is Illinois politics — with all those nasty, mean and negative campaign ads — we have some heartwarming news to report. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady wants to help Democratic candidates for the...
  • A tax on politicians? It's an offer they can't refuse

     A tax on politicians? It's an offer they can't refuse
    American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the...
  • Run, Jesse Jr., run!

     
    From Sunday's print column It will be an affront to democracy, a vile insult to the voters in Illinois’ 2nd U.S. congressional district if ailing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. drops his bid for re-election and retires from politics before......
  • Preckwinkle 'making a serious mistake' in not backing Tyson

     
    Rich Miller: (Cook County Board President Toni) Preckwinkle is making a serious mistake here. (Former Todd Stroger chief of staff Lance) Tyson tried to do right in that office. He took the job thinking he could help. Some folks, myself......
  • County assessor attempts to bend campaign cash rule

    County assessor attempts to bend campaign cash rule
    Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is under fire for accepting campaign contributions that are clearly above the county's legal limit. An expensive campaign led to his victory in November and now Berrios is raising money again. He's collecting monitory...
  • Cook County ethics chairman resigns

    Cook County ethics chairman resigns
    The news came as a surprise.  After 19 years on the Cook County Board of Ethics, the Chairman John Pikarski resigned just one day after WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine, and the Better Government Association raised questions about his own ethics. For nearly...
  • It's the teachers in a squeaker

    It's the teachers in a squeaker
    Which side won in the Chicago Teachers Union strike? I've heard and been asked the question many times since the union suspended its seven-day walkout and its members returned to the classroom Wednesday. The easy, vague answer is that both sides won. The...
  • Rep. Highlife, a 'Lotto' disappointment and tat boy wonder

    Rep. Highlife, a 'Lotto' disappointment and tat boy wonder
    Another Chicago politician has been indicted, this one for bank fraud after he allegedly burned through hundreds of thousands of dollars that weren't his on casino gambling, car loans and other high-rolling pursuits. Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford,...
  • Cook leaders want property tax exemption crackdown law

    Cook leaders want property tax exemption crackdown law
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years...