* What a weird year…
Today, 4th Congressional District Congressman Luis Gutierrez announced his endorsement of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios re-election bid.
“I’m proud to call Joe Berrios a good friend and brother. I have known him to be an honest public servant, who has dedicated his career to fighting for the interests of working families. He continues to work to fix the broken system he inherited by making it more equitable and fair for Cook County residents and seniors,” said Congressman Gutierrez.
“Like Bruce Rauner, Joe’s opponent Fritz Kaegi is a Wall Street Republican who has dedicated his career to profiting off the backs of working families. As an immigrant rights advocate, I find his firm’s association with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) extremely troubling. CCA is a private prison operator that lobbied for legislation increasing incarcerations in the U.S. that unfairly target African Americans, Latinos, and undocumented immigrants. They have been at the forefront drafting anti-immigrant legislation such as, Arizona’s racial profiling law that has incarcerated many of our African American and Latino sisters and brothers. Fritz cannot be trusted to advocate for our families.”
“I’m very proud and honored to receive my good friend Congressman Gutierrez’s endorsement, who has been a champion for Latinos and immigrants. Serving as Cook County Assessor has been one of the greatest honors in my career. Owning a home in Humboldt Park was my parent’s dream and I want to make sure that I help every Cook County resident achieve that dream. I look forward to continuing to represent Cook County’s working families to make sure that our property tax appeal system is equitable and transparent for all homeowners,” said Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
Assessor Berrios has taken charge and focused on improving the assessment system he inherited by making it fair and equitable for every Cook County resident. He has increased the number of outreach events held across the county, made appeals easier, and successfully pushed for an increase in the homeowners and senior exemptions which will put more money back in the hands of homeowners statewide. The Civic Consulting Alliance is currently reviewing the County’s property assessment system, and Assessor Berrios plans to implement whatever changes and improvements are recommended to make the system even better.