| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:02 PM
A federal jury today convicted two half-brothers on federal fraud charges for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County.
Thomas Hawkins, 49, and John Racasi, 52, worked as analysts for the Board of Review when they were secretly...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:42 AM
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...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:14 AM
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....
| Apr 16, 2014
| 3:58 PM
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced two half-brothers to prison for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County, calling low-level public corruption such as theirs a scourge that damages democratic society.
U.S. District Judge John...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:28 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn pulled an end run on state lawmakers to salvage the jobs of two Cabinet members and dodge a short-term showdown with African-American and Latino lawmakers whose support he needs to win re-election this fall.
| May 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
There’s a changing of the guard in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s communications office, with chief spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton being replaced by Kelley Quinn, who moves over from a similar job in the city Finance Department.
| Mar 18, 2014
"Shameless machine hack" Will Caskey, a state Rep. Toni Berrios supporter who works for Cook County Party Chairman Joe Berrios, explains to all the naifs why we voters in her district have seen so much toxic crap from candidates like......
| Sep 6, 2011
| 9:45 AM
Starting today, Cook County homeowners are able to file online appeals of their property tax assessments.
Property owners previously had to file paperwork in person to appeal tax assessments. They can now access the free online filing system at www....
| Oct 6, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez won the expected endorsement of Democratic slatemakers Thursday despite complaints from some African-American ward leaders about what they said was her failure to reach out to the black community.
| Oct 19, 2011
One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds.
The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Owners of homes and businesses in Cook County can expect a mid-summer surprise: the second installment of property tax bills are expected to hit mail boxes in early July for the first time in decades.
If the bills get to the post office by July 1, it...