Cook County Assessor

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Says Bribery Case Trial Testimony Is ‘A Total Lie’

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios had one word Wednesday to describe testimony linking him to allegedly corrupt property tax adjustment deals in a federal bribery trial: “Bull—-.”


Joseph Berrios

Cook County’s Top Watchdog Suing Berrios For Ignoring Subpoena

Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard says Joe Berrios has been dodging a subpoena for nearly a year. Now Blanchard is taking the Cook County Assessor to court.


Joseph Berrios

Report: Ethics Board Fines Assessor Berrios, Tells Him To Fire Son And Sister

Cook County Assessor Joeseph Berrios is rejecting accusations about alleged nepotism in his office.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012

Joseph Berrios

Opponent Attacks Berrios In Mock Newspaper Valentine

There wasn’t a whole lot of love to be found in a newspaper Valentine addressed Tuesday to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Photo Of A Cook County Property Tax Bill. (Helen Marshall/WBBM Photo)

Property Tax Bills Anger Cook County Homeowners

It’s sticker shock in the mail. Tax bills went out to Cook County homeowners this week and the big jump in the amount due to many homeowners has some wondering if they can keep their house.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

Homes (CBS)

Senior Homeowners Must Reapply For Tax Breaks

The Cook County Assessor’s office is mailing out notices to over 300,000 elderly homeowners.

WBBM Newsradio–02/07/2011

Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Laying Off 53 Workers

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is laying off 53 workers to comply with County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s request to slash his budget by 16 percent this year.

WBBM Newsradio–01/29/2011

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Accused Of Breaking Patronage Rules

The recently-elected new Cook County assessor is being accused of breaking the rules on patronage hiring.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2011

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Under Fire For Putting Relatives On County Payroll

In his first week in office, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios already was taking heat from critics after putting his son and his sister on the public payroll at his office.

CBS 2–12/09/2010

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Puts 2 Family Members On Payroll

In his first days as Cook County Assessor, Joe Berrios is already putting his family members on the payroll.

CBS Chicago–12/09/2010

Joseph Berrios (left), Forrest Claypool (Candidate Photos)

Berrios’ Victory Ends Nasty Contest

Democrat Joseph Berrios’ victory Tuesday night ended an unusually nasty race for county assessor, against a longtime fellow Democrat who was running as an independent.

CBS Chicago–11/03/2010

Joseph Berrios (left), Forrest Claypool (Candidate Photos)

Race For Obscure Post Tests Chicago-Style Politics

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Far down the ballot for Tuesday’s election in Cook County — way past the candidates running for Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and the governor’s job once […]


Joseph Berrios (left), Forrest Claypool (Candidate Photos)

Claypool Accuses Berrios Of Pay-To-Play In Assessor Race

Pay-to-play is a new charge being leveled in the increasingly nasty race for Cook County Assessor.


Joseph Berrios (left), Forrest Claypool (Candidate Photos)

Assessor Candidates On Defense In Debate

For one, it’s relatives on the county payroll. For the other, a failure to vote.

WBBM Newsradio–10/19/2010