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IL Supreme Court: Berrios can't block county Inspector General's investigation at Assessor's office

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 12:27pm

The state’s highest court has declared Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios must comply with subpoenas issued by the county’s Inspector General, saying a Cook County ordinance empowering the Inspector General to “detect, deter and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination or misconduct in the operation of County government” can be constitutionally applied to investigations of potential misconduct in the offices of elected county officials, like Berrios.

Appellate panel says County Board within constitutional bounds to empower Inspector General to investigate Berrios

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 9, 2015, 4:05pm

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who also serves as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, has lost another round in court in his attempt to avoid turning over documents demanded by the county’s Inspector General as part of the IG’s investigation of allegations Berrios’ office improperly granted an assessor’s office employee a special property tax exemption.