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Cook County Assessor

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

Surprise Morgue Inspection Reveals Night Shift Shenanigans

Posted 10.18.2012 | Chicago

Inspectors on a surprise visit to the Cook County morgue caught night shift workers asleep on the job and watching movies on county computers, accordi...

A Tough Assessment: County Agency Launches Internal Investigation

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp | Posted 09.17.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: The Cook County assessor’s office – the government agency that helps determine how...

Official Gets Sarcastic 'Valentine' From Political Opponent

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, who has said on multiple occasions that he hires his family members and does not feel bad about doing so, received a...

Cook County Property Owners May Now Appeal Assessments Online

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

Chicago homeowners looking to challenge their property's assessed value can now save a trip downtown by filing their appeals online, via a new system ...

Ethics Chief Warns Against Hiring Family

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Weeks after Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios drew criticism for putting his son and sister on the payroll, a report was sent out by two county watc...

Preckwinkle Hits Berrios Over 'Inappropriate' Family Hirings, Still Backs Him

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many in the third estate took incoming Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios to task earlier this week for hiring several members of his immediate family t...

SHAMELESS: Incoming Assessor Berrios Keeps Hiring His Family Despite Criticisms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

During the race for Cook County Assessor, Democrat Joe Berrios faced frequent allegations of nepotism and clout. And it's not hard to see why: in his ...

Joe Berrios WINS County Assessor Race: Defeats Reformer Claypool

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democrat Joe Berrios won the hotly contested Cook County Assessor race Tuesday, defeating Independent Forrest Claypool. Berrios currently serves on ...

Voting Guide: Big Down-Ticket Races In Logan Square, Portage Park, Suburbs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is in a unique position this year to have a major say in the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. With five contested House races and a nec...

Joe Berrios Gets Financial Boost From Daughter's Campaign Fund

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: From the Joe Berrios campaign: the two $4,500 donations from Toni Berrios were in fact just one, an in-kind donation to rent a restaurant f...

Read Claypool's Damning New Report On Berrios's Pay-To-Play

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bombshell announcement was made at a morning press conference Wednesday, which will have major ramifications for an upcoming election in Chicago. O...

WATCH: Berrios Gets Grilled On 'Chicago Tonight'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The two leading candidates for Cook County Assessor appeared on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" last night, but it was the Democrat who came under fire for m...

Things Getting Ugly In The Assessor's Race: Berrios Attacks BGA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Things are getting personal in the Cook County Assessor's race. At the end of August, Chicago Magazine published a story in conjunction with the Bett...

Claypool Gathering Steam: Wins Schakowsky's Endorsement In Assessor's Race

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool, who is running as an independent for Cook County Assessor picked up a slew of endorsements Wednesday, with 9th District Congresswoma...

Report: Joe Berrios A 'Vivid Example' Of 'Clout-Infested Politics'

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Berrios stands as a prime example of the kind of closed, self-interested politics that plagues this state. The Board of Review, where he has spent the...

Claypool Snags JoeBerrios.com, Attacks Opponent's Record

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It happened to Meg Whitman in California, and Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin. Bill and Hillary Clinton both had to grapple with it, as did Madonna and Br...

Claypool Gives Joe Berrios, 'Pay-to-Play Personified,' a Run for His Money

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, a Democrat running as an independent for county assessor, will take on insider Joe Berrios in November.

Sheriff Wants To Stop New Burials At Burr Oak

Southtown Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is trying to prevent new burials from taking place in a 10-acre parcel of Burr Oak cemetery where human remains were dug ...

Forrest Claypool To Run Against Joe Berrios For County Assessor, Will Run As Independent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool formally entered the race for Cook County Assessor Tuesday morning, launching a fiery opening barrage against his Democratic opponent...

Reformer Forrest Claypool To Run For Assessor, Defying Party Bosses

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool is about to take the biggest risk of his political career. On Tuesday, this columnist has learned, he will declare war on his own Dem...

Sorry, Carol, Forrest Missed His Chance for 2010

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Carol Marin is the latest to try to make us all feel sorry for poor little Forrest Claypool and his quixotic attempt to worm his way onto the ballot as an independent for Cook County assessor.

Cook County Corruption Report: 150 Top Officials Convicted In 140 Years

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's no mystery that Cook County has had its share of political corruption, but a study released Thursday puts it into perspective: 150 top Cook Count...

Raymond A. Figueroa: County Assessor Candidate Injured In Fight, Endorsed The Next Day

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former judge and Democratic Cook County Assessor candidate Raymond A. Figueroa was hurt in a fight outside his home Tuesday night, before landing the ...

Cook County Assessor James Houlihan Not Seeking Re-election

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Assessor James Houlihan announced today that he won't seek re-election next year....