The Tribune reports that "Cook County prosecutors have demanded records from the county tax appeal board amid questions about property-tax breaks awarded to businessmen who are political supporters of a state lawmaker, the Tribune has learned.
The grand jury subpoenas to the Cook County Board of Review seek records on tax appeal cases that are already the subject of an internal board investigation involving state Rep. Paul Froehlich (D- Schaumburg) and a political associate who used to work for tax board Commissioner Joseph Berrios.
One of three elected board members, Berrios is also chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party and a Springfield lobbyist with close ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state Democratic Party chairman.
Board members and their staffs have been investigating whether Froehlich used any "undue influence" through Victor Santana, the political associate who worked for Berrios, or anybody else to get the tax breaks for businesses in Froehlich's district, Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. said. Rogers said he was aware that investigators for State's Atty. Anita Alvarez were looking at tax cases as well but wouldn't say whether they were the same ones."
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