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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

To the good, hardworking public servants in the Cook County Assessor's office, I say: I'm sorry. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

In 2012 the race for Illinois 39th District was one of the tightest of the year. This time, it could be even closer. Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Cook County Chairman Joe Berrios said Friday he would appoint a committee to seat left open by just-convicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Will Guzzardi: I'm Not Conceding

Will Guzzardi: I'm Not Conceding

Will Guzzardi, who trails state Rep. Toni Berrios by 111 votes with all precincts reporting, talks about taking on the Machine, and why he's not giving up his campaign just yet. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Berrios's Bad Night

Joe Berrios's Bad Night

How can Joe Berrios continue as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party when he's a liability in his own daughter's re-election bid? Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Shadiest Ward In Chicago

From Thomas E. Keane to Joe Berrios, the 31st Ward has produced an unparalleled collection of political rogues. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Check Your Tax Bill, County Officials Say

The president and assessor for Cook County say that a Read »

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Continues to Support Berrios, Despite Nepotism

Meanwhile, new Cook County Board President continues replacing predecessor's staffers. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Berrios's Broken-Down Machine

Joe Berrios's Broken-Down Machine

On the lakefront, precinct workers are handing out Forrest Claypool flyers. Is this any way to treat the boss of the Cook County Democratic Party? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Versus the Public Opinion Volcano

Joe Versus the Public Opinion Volcano

Berrios has finally brought attention to the obscure office of county assessor. Oops. Read »

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