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Cook County Board of Review in Need of Review

Cook County Board of Review in Need of Review

The commissioners on the Cook County Board of Review have a name for the tax attorneys who argue cases before them: campaign contributors. An Illinois News Network analysis of donations made to the campaigns of the three sitting commissioners found the majority of contributions come from lawyers who argue before the board or real estate […]

Ordinary Illinois Taxpayers Overtaxed by Deals Between Lawyers and Politicos

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Ordinary Illinois Taxpayers Overtaxed by Deals Between Lawyers and Politicos

Politicians don’t seek out Ian Cull to lower his property tax bill. The 40-year-old Chicago man has never received a call from his mayor asking if he can introduce him to House Speaker Mike Madigan. And the powerful Speaker has never sat across a dinner table wooing the father of three for an opportunity to […]

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Who is Joe Berrios?

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Who is Joe Berrios?

Just who is Joe Berrios? He’s the head of the Cook County Democratic Party. He’s a Springfield lobbyist, a friend and political ally of House Speaker Mike Madigan. He’s a proud family patriarch with a history of putting family members on the county payroll. And he’s the person who has the most say on whether […]

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