Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  The Cook County Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.
   
     
     
     



Houlihan, Berrios clash at Cook County Board

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Daily Herald
by Ted Cox

The feud between the Cook County assessor and the Board of Review over when second-installment property-tax bills will be mailed - before or after the Nov. 2 general election - moved to the regular County Board meeting Tuesday.

The board heard from Assessor James Houlihan and Board of Review Commissioners Larry Rogers Jr. and Joseph Berrios. Houlihan has charged that, under the political influence of Berrios, who is also head of the Cook County Democratic Party, the Board of Review is dragging its feet on preparing the tax bills in an attempt to avert a potential tax revolt before the election.

Houlihan is retiring from politics, while Berrios is the Democratic nominee to replace him in the fall general election.

Rogers and Berrios charged that the bills were running late because of flaws in the way Houlihan was doing reassessments to follow Cook's new two-part tax structure calling for homes to be taxed at 10 percent of market value and commercial real estate at 25 percent. Houlihan refuted those charges, calling them "reckless" and "offensive."

Houlihan has said he'll have all assessments done May 7, in ample time for the bills to go out before Nov. 2.

"There's no acceptable reason tax bills should not go out earlier," said Republican Commissioner Peter Silvestri of Elmwood Park.

Rogers and Berrios, however, said they would not deter any taxpayers in appealing their assessments and because of that they could not promise a delivery date, although Rogers said the board "will work as hard as we can to meet those deadlines."

Riverside Republican Commissioner Tony Peraica, an outspoken tax opponent, pledged "whatever resources are necessary ... to get this job done."

The board voted to accept and file correspondence on the matter from both Houlihan and the Board of Review and monitor the situation.

"I don't think this should be buried in some committee," Peraica said.

"Nobody's hiding anything," replied Evanston Democratic Commissioner Larry Suffredin.

"I would hope that we would be able to put personalities aside and just resolve this," said Chicago Democratic Commissioner John Daley, head of the finance committee.

The issue figures to come up regularly at County Board meetings throughout the summer.


Recent Headlines

Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele dies
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

10 reasons Cook County must rethink the sweetened beverage tax
Friday, June 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County Jail inmates charged in sex assault of female detainee in court lockup
Friday, June 16, 2017
WLS ABC Channel 7 Chicago

Why it's foolish not to appeal your property tax assessment
Friday, June 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

OPINION: Kennedy making a convincing case for ‘radical’ property-tax ideas
Friday, June 16, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Elgin wants state, feds to raise minimum wage to 'a living wage'
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

How property tax assessments in Cook County favor the rich
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County to stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because it lacks resources, Foxx's office says
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

2016 Cook County property tax rates: Look up your town, estimate your bill
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Sand Ridge Nature Center to host annual Juneteenth Celebration
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Road projects mark Winnetka, Wilmette landscapes this summer
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Competence at the assessor's office: Too much to ask?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Joseph Berrios: Cook County Assessments ‘Fair and Accurate’
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
WWT Chicago Tonight

County assessor responds to claims of unfair property values assessment
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
WLS Chicago

The High Costs for Out of School and Jobless Youth in Chicago and Cook County
Monday, June 12, 2017
The Great Cities Institute of UIC

Bombshell report from Alvarez office explodes case against 'innocence industry'
Monday, June 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Bail reform in Cook County gains momentum
Monday, June 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Kim Foxx: Low-risk defendants should go free before trial
Monday, June 12, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Glenview Trustees Vote To Opt Out of Minimum Wage Increase
Monday, June 12, 2017
Glenview Patch

Cook County Jail exits federal oversight of more than 40 years
Monday, June 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP