Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, listens during the City Council meeting on Jan. 25, 2017. Beale is the latest alderman to call for hearings on the fairness of the Cook County’s property valuations under Assessor Joe Berrios.
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Another alderman on Monday called for hearings on the fairness of the Cook County’s property valuations under Assessor Joe Berrios, and an influential City Council veteran indicated he would “accommodate” the request.
The ask from South Side Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, follows the Tribune’s “The Tax Divide" series, which found assessments that play a key role in determining property tax bills favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor.
Last month, four other aldermen, all of whom at one time or another have been at political odds with Berrios, introduced a resolution calling for hearings on the matter. But there was a question of whether their proposal would ever see the light of day. It was assigned to the Finance Committee led by Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, an old-school Democrat who wields considerable influence within the Cook County Democratic Party. Berrios is chairman of that organization.
Beale, however, is considered more of a regular Democrat. He’s been on the council longer than his other four colleagues and has worked with Burke over the years. That might have made a difference, as Burke suggested he’d be OK with Beale’s request.
“If he’s going to introduce something, we’ll accommodate him on hearings, just as the County Board did,” said Burke, who was referring to hearings on the same subject held last week by the Cook County Board Finance Committee.
Burke, whose law firm handles property tax appeals that the series found only made the problem worse, also was asked if he was concerned about its findings.
“I’m not, no,” he said. (Hal Dardick)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will hold a morning news conference with Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson to announce predictive technology in the 6th police district.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events scheduled.
*The City Council’s committees on Transportation and Public Way, and Budget and Government Operations meet.
*The Illinois Senate Human Services Committee will hold a morning hearing about the Semaj Crosby case and the Department of Children and Family Services at the Bilandic Building in Chicago.
From the notebook
*Curran replacing Radogno in state Senate: John Curran of Downers Grove, the vice chairman of the DuPage County Board, has been selected to fill the vacancy caused by state Sen. Christine Radogno’s retirement.
Curran, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney, was saluted by Dan Cronin, the DuPage County board chairman and a former state senator, as a “strong leader and advocate” for the county.
“While we will truly miss his work and his dedication to DuPage County, we are happy to see him moving on to bigger challenges,” Cronin said in a statement. “I’m confident Springfield is gaining an asset who will fight to protect residents of Illinois.”
Cronin is now seeking a Republican replacement for Curran on the county board. He said anyone seeking the appointment should email a resume and letter of no more than 300 words outlining their interest to email@example.com. (Rick Pearson)
*Cheney touts former boss’s endorsement in IL-6: Carole Cheney, one of six Democrats who has announced a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, is touting the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville.
Cheney, an attorney, previously served as Foster’s district chief of staff.
“Carole Cheney is up to the task of leading the way for Illinois’ 6th District,” Foster said in a statement. “She is a fighter and a tireless advocate who will always prioritize her constituents first.”
Cheney’s release notes she is the only Democratic primary candidate for the west and northwest suburban congressional seat “to be endorsed by a sitting member of the Illinois congressional delegation.”
Also seeking the nomination are Jennifer Zordani of Clarendon Hills, Suzyn Price of Naperville, Amanda Howland of Lake Zurich, Kelly Mazeski of Barrington and Austin Songer of Glen Ellyn. (Rick Pearson)
*Quick spins: Vicki Crawford, House Republican leader Jim Durkin’s spokeswoman, announced she is leaving for the Illinois Commerce Commission after 23 years on the staff. "I am most thankful for the lasting friendships that I have made along the way. Life under the dome is not easy. The schedule is grueling and the level of stress generally remains high, but I always felt at home," Crawford posted on Facebook. … City Treasurer Kurt Summers’ campaign sent a fundraising email Monday asking supporters for $38 donations for his 38th birthday, a pitch strategy that only gets more lucrative over time. … A blast from the past: Senate Republican leader Bill Brady misspoke Tuesday, calling Gov. Rauner Gov. Ryan.
What we’re writing
*Rauner summons lawmakers for Wednesday special session on school funding.
*Plan for North Side residences by Chicago River advances despite some aldermanic worry.
*Aldermen bash, advance Emanuel’s $38.75 million red light ticket settlement.
*Emanuel administration rolls out coordinated response to Crain’s Chicago Business piece alleging TIF money diverted to Navy Pier.
*Racist emails scandal moves beyond Chicago as Illinois opens investigation into state employee’s role.
What we’re reading
*Nearing 400, homicides in Chicago continue to outpace last year.
*Cops: Rabbit theft foiled at Porter County Fair as children scream and point at suspect.
*Chipotle customer illnesses prove to be lawsuit magnet.
Follow the money
*Gov. Rauner reported $12,000 in contributions.
*The Burnham Committee controlled by Ald. Ed Burke reported $66,000 in contributions.
*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.
*Kushner: "I did not collude."
*Federal judge lets Trump voter data effort go on.
*The Senate could take a health care vote Tuesday.
*Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight.