Me getting political in Chicago

I don’t normally find myself getting really political, so perhaps it’s all of the presidential election hype that has me gung-ho about the primaries.  When I received an email from a friend about how commercial real estate owners and users may be unfairly slammed where it counts most – their checkbooks – I decided to share this as my call to action.  Remember, if you are an Illinois resident, vote on February 5!

It is election time & I need your help in promoting Joseph Berrios who is running for re-election at the Cook County Board of Review. I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
Joseph Berrios (Vote #66) has been an avid supporter of Cook County property owners for over 15 years.  I believe that all property owners, commercial, industrial or residential, must re-elect Joseph Berrios in order to maintain a fair and independent property tax system.
The major issue in this election is that the current Assessor is running a candidate for the Board of Review. HOWEVER – the Board of Review is supposed to be an independent appeal board to review the assessments levied by the Assessor. Last year, the Assessor was able to get one of his people on the Board. If he succeeds again, the Assessor will have control of the Board of Review. Does this seem right?
This is a heavily contested race. You can visit for more information.

6 Responses

  1. There is no way you are getting me to vote for that mob boss Joe Berrios. He is a crook. Do you even know anything?

    You say you are trying to get into politics…. well stay out! You don’t know what you’re talking about. Joe Berrios a a bad man.

  2. Wow – I didn’t anticipate such a strong reaction for the county assessor position. Gotta love politics. Maureen, I would love to know more about your opinions of Joe Berrios as well as the other candidates – name-calling only does so much without backing it up with facts. Perhaps you could link to an article or story about the candidates.

  3. “Contributions buy clout at tax review board.” Chicago Sun-Times. Raymond Coffey. 12/14/1999. below

    -Article skeptical about the “coincidence” that those who have donated to Board of Review campaigns usually see significant reductions in return. A long time political foe, State Senator Miguel del Valle, of Berrios is introducing a bill which would make such campaign contributions illegal.

  4. “COURT TOLD OF SANTIAGO GIFT TO BERRIOS.” Chicago Tribune. Matt O’Connor. 01/15/1999. below

    -State Rep Miguel Santiago is accused of giving $11,000 to Berrios at a time corresponding when he went on the County Treasurer payroll as an alleged ghost employee.

  5. Maureen, thank you for providing these excerpts. This time of year, and really all year every year, it’s important to be mindful of politics. After all, we are supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people – not a political machine that takes our tax dollars and provides questionable levels of useful services. Although these articles are a bit dated, I appreciate you taking the time to present a different view. Of course, a bit of corruption in Chicago politics is not a big shock, but we do need to consider that it doesn’t have to be the case. Instead of accepting it as “politics as usual”, we owe it to ourselves to take a more proactive role in government and, at the very least, to vote on February 5.

  6. Thanks Jacob. I too agree that there is too much corruption in Chicago and that is why I am afraid of Joe Berrios.

    Please go to this:

    The writer of the blog is rabidly anti-Joe Berrios, but it is extremely well researched. Quite scary in fact that Joe Berrios has had 20 years of getting his way!

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