March 1, 2018 •
Candidate Asking Court to Void Cook County Pay-to-Play Limits
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is asking Circuit Court Judge Sanjay Tailor to void the county’s pay-to-play provisions. Current ethics rules limit campaign contributions from those who seek official action from the county.
Berrios argues only the state has the authority to limit campaign contributions, while the county maintains it is permitted to set more-restrictive limits to avoid impropriety.
Berrios was fined $41,000 in January (after receiving warnings from the Board of Ethics last summer) for taking 41 contributions exceeding pay-to-play limits from property tax appeal lawyers affected by the decisions of his office.
As he waits for a court ruling, Berrios continues to accept contributions exceeding county limits.
Pictured: Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios
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