* No surprise, I guess. Press release…
Today, Secretary of State Jesse White announced his endorsement of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.
“Assessor Berrios has been a dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for our families. As the first Latino elected office in Illinois, he has worked to build coalitions between our communities and helped elect more women and people of color into office. As Cook County Assessor, he has brought fairness and equity to the Assessor’s office by helping taxpayers file appeals and recover savings. I’m proud to call him a colleague and a friend,” said Secretary of State Jesse White.
As County Assessor, Berrios has been working to fix the broken system he inherited. He
has made sure that every taxpayer has the ability to file an appeal easily and without an
attorney making the
process simpler and
more transparent, which has resulted in a record number of
appeals. Joseph Berrios has made the Assessor’s office user-friendly and has expanded community outreach
seminars to help taxpayers file appeals and
recover savings. He and his staff
have held over 227 property tax appeal seminars throughout Cook County this year alone.
Born on Valentine’s Day, Berrios grew up as one of seven children in a public housing high-rise at Cabrini-Green. Berrios worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant, eventually becoming a waiter. He graduated from Lane Tech High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1982, Berrios became the first Latino member of the Illinois General Assembly. During his time at the Board of Review, Berrios developed a deep understanding of the importance of property tax fairness throughout Cook County.