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Elections Mon Nov 01 2010

Email: Commercial Property Owners Prefer Berrios

This email fell into our laps, from a commercial and residential property tax firm, Elliott & Associates, sent to all their clients, urging them to vote for Joe Berrios for the assessor's office. They express concern that Forrest Claypool would continue too be to harsh on commercial property owners, as Houlihan (apparently) was. Presented for your consideration.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Elliott & Associates Attorneys, P.C."
Sent: Mon, November 1, 2010 10:40:57 AM
Subject: Our Recommendation for Cook County Assessor Race

1430 Lee Street | Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 | 847.298.8300 |

Dear Client:
We have been asked by several clients to voice our recommendations for the Cook County Assessor race.
Assessor Jim Houlhan is retiring. Cook County Board of Review member Joe Berrios is running for Assessor as the Democratic Party candidate. Forest Claypool, an independent, is opposing him.
We recommend Joe Berrios for Cook County Assessor.
Over the past 10 years, we have observed the Assessor's office become increasingly unfriendly to certain groups of taxpayers, particularly, commercial property owners. This has included unjustifiably large assessment increases, the wholesale denial of legitimate assessment appeals and promoting legislation designed to make it more difficult and costly to obtain assessment relief.
Assessor Houlihan is a major supporter of Forrest Claypool. We are concerned that a Clayool administration could perpetuate the same unfriendly treatment of some groups of taxpayers that presently exists under the Houlihan administration.
Joe Berrios is one of three members of the Cook County Board of Review, the agency that reviews and corrects assessments rendered by the Cook County Assessor's Office. Our clients have been fortunate to be able to look to the Board of Review to correct the unfair assessments rendered by the Assessor's office. Were it not for the Board, our clients would have paid substantially higher taxes.
In our experience, Joe Berrios has been fair and open-minded. He and his staff understand the assessment process, are willing to give the taxpayer a fair hearing and render a fair decision. That's all we can ask for. We expect Joe Berrios will treat taxpayers fairly if he is elected Assessor.
Again, we urge you to vote for Joe Berrios for Cook County Assessor.

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