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  • Joseph Berrios: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:50 PM
    Candidate information for Joseph Berrios, running for Cook County Assessor

  • Cook County Assessor Berrios: Candidate Profile Oct 9, 2014 11:20 AM
    Candidate information for Cook County Assessor Berrios, running for Cook County Assessor

  • Judge: Inspector can investigate elective offices Jan 16, 2014 8:53 PM
    A judge has ruled that Cook County’s inspector general can investigate fraud, corruption and waste in the county assessor’s office and all other independent elected offices. Inspector General Pat Blanchard’s authority to investigate the tax office was challenged by Assessor Joe Berrios. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the dispute between Blanchard and Berrios began in 2012, when the inspector requested records related to tax breaks on two properties owned by a Berrios office manager. When the tax office failed to respond, Blanchard issued a subpoena that Berrios challenged. Blanchard said he was pleased by the judge’s opinion on Wednesday, noting several county offices have “stiff-armed” his investigations in the past. Berrios and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, whose office represented him, weren’t immediately available for comment.

  • Sears regularly gets multimillion-dollar property tax cuts Oct 21, 2012 7:11 AM
    Last year, after an extended and highly public battle, including mass protests by supporters of Community Unit District 300, Sears Holdings Corp. won state approval of millions of dollars in tax breaks for its Hoffman Estates headquarters. Much more quietly, Sears in recent years also has won millions in property tax breaks through the complex, multilayered Cook County property assessment appeals system.

  • Berrios wins Cook assessor race Nov 2, 2010 11:26 PM
    Democrat Joseph Berrios won the Cook County assessor’s seat Tuesday over Forrest Claypool, a Democrat running as an independent, who said a shortage of indepedent suburban voters sealed his fate.

  • Patlak knows the Northwest suburbs Oct 29, 2010 7:44 PM
    Most voters are focused on our colorful statewide races. But there is a local race being largely ignored that has potential to hit us all in the property tax pocketbook. The Cook County assessor is responsible for evaluating 1.8 million properties.

  • Learn the facts about Berrios Oct 28, 2010 11:03 AM
    Before you vote for a candidate for Cook County assessor, please consider these facts. Joseph Berrios is chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

  • Claypool lays out Cook tax shift, blames Berrios, clout Oct 27, 2010 5:26 PM
    Cook County assessor candidate Forrest Claypool today laid out in specific terms how he said assessment reductions granted by Joseph Berrios and the Board of Review — most earned by Berrios campaign contributors — were shifting the tax burden to homeowners and smaller businesses without the same political clout.

  • Negative ads sully Cook assessor race Oct 21, 2010 6:45 PM
    Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool and Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios unleashed negatives TV ads this week, as the two well-funded candidates are locked in a bitter battle in the race for assessor.

  • Cook County assessor: Claypool Oct 20, 2010 5:13 PM
    If Cook County voters want to take back their government from insiders and the political status quo, the assessor’s race could be the most important vote they cast. It’s the office that decides how much a home and all other property is worth for taxing purposes.

  • Q&A: Cook County assessor -- Forrest Claypool Oct 16, 2010 5:46 PM
    Candidate: Forrest Claypool, Independent, of Chicago Occupation: Commissioner, 12th District of Cook County. Executive, Rise Health 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.

  • Q&A: Cook County assessor -- Robert C. Grota Oct 23, 2010 9:57 PM
    What is your No. 1 campaign issue? To create an open and fair appeal process, so that taxpayers can present valid evidence as to the factors that contribute to or detract from value. A One on One approach to explain the process and gather important data needed in the valuation process. I believe the public should have a chance to sit down with an assessor and have evidence shown to him that the property is valued correctly. Not that the whole city is valued “approximately correct but that his property is valued correct. Understandable proof, such as comparisons to similar properties which have sold recently in the area, to tax payers included with their ‘Notice of Proposed Assessment'. This would also be available on the Internet.

  • Q&A: Cook County assessor -- Joseph Berrios Oct 23, 2010 10:02 PM
    What is your No. 1 campaign issue? My top priority will be – and should be – to fairly assess properties at market value. If you're a property owner, this means understanding the assessment notice mailed to you by the Cook County Assessor's office, and how your assessment was actually reached.

  • Q&A: Cook County assessor -- Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall Oct 23, 2010 9:54 PM
    What is your No. 1 campaign issue? The citizens of Cook County deserve every dollar they have coming to them. That won't happen until there is a truly qualified, highly credentialed individual serving as Assessor, so that politics can be removed from the workings of this office and replaced by integrity.

  • Cook assessors hopefuls duel over donations Oct 6, 2010 5:33 PM
    Three candidates for Cook County assessor sparred over campaign financing during a forum Wednesday in Chicago.

  • Cook Co. assessor candidates spar over impact of property tax change Oct 4, 2010 12:01 AM
    The candidates for Cook County assessor are sharply divided on the merits of a new 10-25 property tax reform ordinance, as well as issues related to ethics and this year's late tax bills.

  • Cook County tax bills to go out after election Jan 31, 2011 6:36 PM
    Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas estimates that second-installment property-tax bills will go out Nov. 22 with a due date a month later after the general election, but in time for property owners to claim the payments on their 2010 income-tax returns.

  • BGA, Berrios escalate clash Feb 8, 2011 2:39 PM
    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner and Democratic assessor candidate Joseph Berrios and the Better Government Association are escalating their ongoing conflict - and it's not just a war of words anymore.

  • Berrios attacks BGA as front for Claypool Feb 8, 2011 3:51 PM
    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios, the Democratic candidate for assessor, charged Wednesday that the Better Government Association was serving as a political front for independent assessor candidate Forrest Claypool, a county-board commissioner.

  • Berrios drops challenge to Claypool's independent run Jun 29, 2010 12:01 AM
    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios dropped his challenge of ballot petitions filed by county Commissioner Forrest Claypool on Monday, setting up a four-way race for the assessor's office in the general election.

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