Oct 17 2017

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The Tax Divide

Chicago Tribune staff

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what s going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin Timing is everything, in life and especially politics, and so it was that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s.

Cook County commissioners on Tuesday expressed concern that the system used by Assessor Joseph Berrios to estimate real estate values favors the wealthy at the expense of the poor — even as many showed deference to the influential Democratic Party leader and no quick solutions were offered up. Berrios.

With questions swirling around his record as Cook County assessor, Joseph Berrios will take the unprecedented step Tuesday of defending his office before the Cook County Board after a Chicago Tribune investigation exposed widespread inequities in the county s property tax system. Published in June.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia filed an ordinance Thursday that would bar attorneys, law firms and other businesses that file property tax assessment appeals from contributing to the political campaigns of the county assessor. He will introduce the measure when the board meets on.

Ray Long. Jason Grotto and Hal Dardick

The inspector general for Cook County is investigating issues raised by a Tribune series that documented widespread errors and unfairness in property valuations produced by Assessor Joseph Berrios, the Tribune has learned. The new inquiry into the Tribune findings is part of a broader investigation.

A first-time candidate challenging Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said Thursday that his reasons for getting in the race were illustrated by a Chicago Tribune investigation that concluded the assessment system harms the poor and helps the wealthy. The Tax Divide series highlighted the inequities.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia said Wednesday that he wants Assessor Joseph Berrios to explain troubling inequities in property tax assessments following a Tribune investigation that found wealthier neighborhoods got breaks at the expense of poorer areas. Garcia, a former candidate.

Jason Grotto and Ray Long

Standing on the lawn of a modest home in unincorporated Melrose Park on Tuesday, gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Daniel Biss laid out a sweeping proposal to overhaul a property tax assessment system that he says favors the wealthy and the politically connected at the expense of working families.

Jason Grotto and Ray Long

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios defended his office Monday in response to a Tribune investigation called The Tax Divide, which detailed how for years assessments under his watch have been riddled with errors that punished the poor while giving wealthy homeowners a break. Making his first.

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