Joseph Berrios Elected Cook County Assessor

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CHICAGO (AP) – Democrat Joseph Berrios will be Cook County’s next assessor, defeating independent Forrest Claypool.

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With 79 percent of precincts reporting, Berrios had about 47 percent of the vote, compared with Claypool’s 32 percent. Republican Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall had about 18 percent and the Green Party’s Robert Grota received nearly 3 percent.

Berrios has been involved in Democratic politics since he was a teenager. He’s a member of the county’s tax appeals board.

He’s also faced criticism for his relatives’ jobs and alleged tax breaks for friends and political donors.

Claypool conceded Tuesday evening. He’s a county commissioner who was the former chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan is retiring.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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