For years, the Cook County assessor’s office overvalued low-priced properties while undervaluing high-priced ones. The deeply flawed system led to inequities in property taxes, punishing the poor and small business owners, while giving the wealthy unsanctioned tax breaks and lining the pockets of politically connected tax attorneys. Our series of stories is in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
Joseph Berrios' error-ridden commercial and industrial assessments punish property owners, benefit lawyers.
The ProPublica Illinois and Chicago Tribune project “The Tax Divide” is the winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting.
The series is the first Pulitzer Prize finalist for ProPublica Illinois, a nonprofit newsroom that launched just six months ago as ProPublica’s first regional, state-based unit.
Democratic primary winner Fritz Kaegi pledged change, but delivering it won’t be easy.
Under Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, assessment system shaved $1 billion from Chicago’s most expensive homes, while owners of lower-valued homes picked up the tab.
Findings that assessments were error-ridden and burdened the poor undermine Assessor Joseph Berrios’ claims that he properly valued residential property.
Initial mid-December deadline for review gives way to new release date: late February.
But the Illinois governor's effort may have little impact on the system.
Rulings add to controversy surrounding Assessor Joseph Berrios, though Berrios’ lawyers say contribution limits are unconstitutional.
As Berrios’ court fight drags on, critics and others fear patronage hurts the office’s property tax work.
Pressure continues to mount for greater transparency and oversight of the office.
Attorneys are asking a judge to force Berrios to adopt reforms and are seeking a monitor to oversee the process.
Behind all the technical terms and the statistics is a story about the simple concept of fairness.
An in-depth analysis of hundreds of thousands of property tax records under Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.
Embattled assessor Joseph Berrios said he has already saved the county millions.
After reporting showed that Cook County’s property tax assessments punish the poor and reward the rich, Assessor Joseph Berrios is called before a public board to explain.