Breaking News Bar
updated: 10/16/2010 5:46 PM

Q&A: Cook County assessor -- Forrest Claypool

Success - Article sent! close
  • Forrest Claypool

      Forrest Claypool

Daily Herald Report

Candidate: Forrest Claypool, Independent, of Chicago

Occupation: Commissioner, 12th District of Cook County. Executive, Rise Health

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Civic Involvement: I served on the board of the Open Lands Project; also previously served on the board of CYCLE, a tutoring organization for Cabrini-Green public housing children.

Elected Offices Held: Commissioner of the Cook County Board, 12th district 2002-present. Superintendent of Chicago Park District (1993-1998); deputy state treasurer (1991-1993); chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley (1989-91; 1998-99); deputy commissioner, Cook County Board of (Tax) Appeals (now Board of Review) (1982-83).

What is your No. 1 campaign issue? Taxes. Cook County residents pay enormously high property taxes and a contributing factor to this problem is the insider businesses that hire tax lawyers to reduce their assessments. ... The result: we pay more.

What is your No. 2 campaign issue? Corruption: I have refused campaign contributions from property tax attorneys and employees of the Assessor's office ... Voters can send a powerful message by electing an Independent to this office.

What is your No. 3 campaign issue? Modernization: The practice of assessing and levying taxes on property in Cook County is in need of reform just as much as any other facet of our government. I would look to consolidate and modernize the taxing authorities of Cook County to save taxpayer dollars while promoting more clarity on this process.

Share this page