Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



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

Preckwinkle counters IG report on Cook hospitals, says system continues 'to reform and modernize'
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Clerk Brown, vendors discuss e-filing users’ first steps in Cook County
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wilmette to reconsider adopting Cook County minimum wage, sick time laws next month
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Bill to keep pregnant women out of jail while they await trial reaches governor's desk
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Chicago Tribune

2018 ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH OBSERVANCE MAY 01 – MAY 31, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Inspector general: Cook County hospitals lost roughly $165 million due to widespread errors
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Chicago Tribune

3 Cook County police vehicles damaged in Oak Forest crashes
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Seattle Soda Tax Revenue Is Exceeding Projections
Friday, May 11, 2018
Governing Magazin

Facebook: Cook County data mining lawsuit designed to benefit only county government, its hired lawyers
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Cook County Record

Cutting court interpreters threatens due process rights, even victim safety, union says
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Chicago Reader

Assessor’s Office new residential property assessment model unveiled for Tax Year 2018 reassessment
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

CEDA scholarships
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

County’s ‘Scavenger’ Sale To Boost Blighted Neighborhoods
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
WBEZ Public Radio

Cook County selling nearly 3,200 vacant lots to encourage redevelopment
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County property owners with past-due tax bills could face steeper payments after Friday
Monday, April 30, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook Sheriff: Backpage, attorneys owe Cook County for 'hoax' suit over sheriff's credit card squeeze
Friday, April 27, 2018
Cook County Record

Two Cook County branch courthouses could close in budget cuts that followed pop tax repeal
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Western Springs Board votes to follow county ordinance, raising minimum wage to $11 this year
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Pioneer Press

Mother files complaint, says while she was at Daley Center for jury duty, staff sent her to men’s room to pump breast milk
Monday, April 23, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Challenge to filing fee has some worth
Monday, April 16, 2018
Chicago Daily law Bulletin

all news items

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