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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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  • 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....
  • Layoffs don't apply to Berrios's clan

    Layoffs don't apply to Berrios's clan
    Like the old MCI phone plan, Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is using his power to create a "friends and family plan." While laying off 53 employees, Berrios is keeping his sister, his son and daughter on the payroll. And, he's adding two more, a...
  • 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...
  • Madigan letters offer glimpse of clout in Cook County judge selection

    Madigan letters offer glimpse of clout in Cook County judge selection
    The letters from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are short and to the point. "Dear Judge," begins one, written on Madigan's General Assembly stationery. "I believe that these people would be excellent members of the judiciary." Tucked into the...
  • Emanuel puts Claypool behind wheel of CTA

    Emanuel puts Claypool behind wheel of CTA
    Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel may have picked an outsider to run Chicago Public Schools, but he stuck with City Hall insiders to ensure the city's trains and buses run on time. New CTA President Forrest Claypool, who has known Emanuel for decades, will...
  • Goodbye, and thanks for all the years

    Goodbye, and thanks for all the years
    Mayor Richard Daley's final City Hall open house Monday took on a different tone than others he's hosted over the years, as hundreds of guests came mostly to thank him for decades of service rather than to seek the favor of Chicago's powerful chief...
  • Cook County to set performance standards

    Cook County to set performance standards
    Cook County will start using benchmarks such as wait times at hospitals and employee sick time as part of a plan to set performance standards. Quarterly reports will be released to show whether goals are met, officials said today. “This is the...
  • 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...
  • Ethical conduct of head of the Cook County Ethics Board questioned

    Ethical conduct of head of the Cook County Ethics Board questioned
    A joint investigation by WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine and the Better Government Association raises ethical questions about the head of the Cook County Ethics Board. Once a month, tucked away on the 30th floor of the County building, a group of men and...
  • Property tax deals?

    Property tax deals?
    If you've fought to lower your property taxes, but failed, you're going to want to see our WGN investigation. We found that if you've got the right family connection, you have a spectacular chance to lower your property tax. You may not know his name,...