Berrios Accused Of Breaking Patronage Rules

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — The recently-elected new Cook County assessor is being accused of breaking the rules on patronage hiring.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports, an attorney says Joseph Berrios has hired or fired 27 people in violation of a the federal Shakman decree, which prohibits patronage hiring.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway Reports.

When Berrios hired two relatives and a friend, he claimed all were put in jobs exempt from the patronage ban, as were 13 people he fired.

But the Chicago Tribune reports that government documents show that not to be the case.

Berrios insists he cleared things with human resources officials and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and says that while some job titles may have changed, the jobs did not

Attorney Brian Hays says he intends to pursue the matter.

Berrios’ son, Joseph “Joey” Berrios, and his sister, Carmen Berrios Cruz, now work for him in the Assessor’s office. They also worked for him when he served previously on the Cook County Board of Tax Review.

“They’ve got experience, and I’m hiring people with experience,’’ Berrios told the Chicago Sun-Times last month.

Carmen Berrios Cruz is making $86,000 a year as director of taxpayer services. Joey Berrios is making $48,000 a year as a residential property analyst.

Berrios is not only the County Assessor. He is also head of the Cook County Democratic Party and the 31st Ward Committeeman.


    what…this is news in crook county…people its busniess as usual here…watch for more, soon a bunch of illegals will appear….with jobs si’


    Lisa Madigan,,,, where are you ,,,, this guy is as despicable as Todd Stroger

  • Shane

    Don’t tell me you expected better from the thugs who run Chicago. You people let them get away with this cr@p for years and now you want to do something, GOOD!! It’s about time people stop being bullied there. We on the outskirts are embarrassed by your lack of backbone. Still can’t believe you didn’t put that “Bossthug” in jail for one of his various crimes. Instead you let him walk with millions of you dollars from ‘his’ TIFF/slush money…you people are just too much..Hey next time elect me mayor I’ve got some great ideas on how to rob you blind!!!

  • Smooth

    I have a Hispanic heritage and am ashamed and outraged that guys like Berrios are corrupting Chicago with patronage. I have always taught my Hispanic employees that they are representing a culture and need to be ethically solid and honest in their dealings. I t makes it difficult for other Hispanics to move up the ladder with behavior like his and Al Sanchez, another dirt bag. I apologize on behalf of those who thought he was differnet and was a bright hope. I say remove him from office !!!

  • Bright Light

    What about his cousin and brother-in-law that he hired as well. Both worked at the Board of Review.

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