Retiring Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan apparently is not planning to go gently into that good night.
Mr. Houlihan has called a press conference for Wednesday at which, according to a press release, he will "charge politics" involving "Democratic Party leaders" and make a "significant announcement about the timing of second-installment property tax bills."
Mr. Houlihan's office declines to elaborate.
But it's no secret that he blames Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for phasing out the 7% cap on annual assessment hikes, and that he is less than thrilled with some decisions by board of (property tax) review Commissioner Joe Berrios.
Mr. Berrios, the Cook County Democratic chairman, is the party's nominee to succeed Mr. Houlihan next year. But retiring county Commissioner Forrest Claypool reportedly is getting close to deciding to run as an independent for assessor.