Rauner Ties Pritzker to Berrios

The Cook County assessor was the subject of a recent Tribune/ProPublica investigation.

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Zach C. Cohen
Dec. 12, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) “on Monday sought to tie” venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) “to embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, accusing the two of being part of an ‘unholy trinity of collusion, corruption, (and) conflicts of interest in our property tax system.’ … Last week,” philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) “also called on Berrios to relinquish his position. Kennedy, like Rauner, has made the property tax issue a central focus of his campaign.”

“The war of words was sparked by a recent ProPublica Illinois-Chicago Tribune report that found Berrios’ assessments of commercial and industrial properties were riddled with errors, punishing small businesses while cutting a break to owners of high-value properties. That left homeowners paying more.” (Chicago Tribune)

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R): “Governor Rauner is late to the game. His call for Berrios to step down is little more than political convenience. He is, once again, trying to hide from his record, while I stand on mine. In February, I filed legislation for a property tax task force that would evaluate our system statewide worked to expose and remedy many of the issues we are discussing today.”

Rauner’s campaign “today is rolling out a digital ad tying … Pritzker to Berrios and” state House Speaker Mike Madigan (D). (Politico)


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