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 gifts from law firms, real estate and appraisal companies that do business with the assessor's office. These gifts are in amounts well over the $750 dollar donation limit the county ordinance allows.
But Berrios is trying to escape those rules by claiming only the state can tell him what to do and the state allows much more campaign cash.
He is daring the county to come after him. He's ignoring the rule saying it doesn't apply to him saying he can follow state campaign rules which allow him to take in much more cash.
He sought the opinion of the Cook County state's attorney which agreed.
But for its part, the Cook County ethics board says it still must enforce the county law and warned Berrios' contributors their donations may be over the county's legal limit.
It may all end up in court.