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posted: 2/28/2012 12:01 AM

Patlak for Cook Board of Review, GOP

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

The Republican primary in the District 1 race for the Cook County Board of Review is a rerun of the contest two years ago, with a few twists.

The three-member board of review operates largely below the radar, but performs a key function, reviewing appeals of assessment office findings related to the value of property.

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Last time around, Dan Patlak of Wheeling, an assessment expert who long worked for the board of review and later was Wheeling Township assessor, ran against Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison, who is founder and CEO of a security business. While the two had platforms that were similar in several respects, we endorsed Patlak based on his experience.

Patlak went on to beat the Democratic incumbent and now Morrison is running against him largely for being an insider.

In fact, Patlak, while pointing justifiably to improvements he has pushed, does seem a little too comfortable with the status quo. But Morrison hasn't made a strong case for replacing him, and some of Morrison's charges have been wide of the mark or unsubstantiated.

We endorse Patlak, based on his experience, and his record in helping improve how the office runs and its timeliness completing reviews.

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