Joseph Berrios


2 Investigators: In Cook County, The Dead Get Tax Exemptions

The assessor’s office is chasing down living property owners who are wrongly claiming breaks on property taxes by using identities of the deceased. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


Joseph Berrios

2 Investigators: Assessor Going After Tax Cheats Under New Law

It took two years for the Assessor Joseph Berrios to get new laws he needed for this action — an effort that began after a 2 Investigators report in 2011 on one of the biggest violators. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle: Board Had ‘No Choice’ But To Approve Settlement For Fired Employees

The head of the Cook County Board says officials have reluctantly agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to people who were fired for apparently political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore


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

U.S.currency. (credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Legislation To Go After Property Tax Cheats Stalls In Springfield

The legislature’s failure to pass reform legislation this week means every property owner will continue to pay for it. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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

Joseph Berrios

Berrios: Seniors May Be Missing Out On Property Tax Savings

Cook County seniors who own homes are advised to read their property tax bills carefully, because officials say homeowners could be missing an extra chance to save serious money.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2011

Dominic Santoro became flustered when asked why he has been claiming multiple homeowner exemptions. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Some Property Owners Claiming More Than 1 Home For Tax Breaks

A property owner can get a tax break by claiming a homeowners exemption for their main residence. But why are some people claiming more than one? 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

CBS 2–06/09/2011

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)

Joseph Berrios Elected Cook County Assessor

Democrat Joseph Berrios will be Cook County’s next assessor, defeating independent Forrest Claypool.


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