In response to Roger Keats, Andy Shaw and Dick Simpson's press conference Tuesday, the Berrios for Cook County Assessor campaign released this statement:
Statement from Joe Berrios, candidate for Cook County assessor, on proposed legislation announced Tuesday:
"Earlier today, three individuals proposed reforms which would prohibit any Cook County public official from lobbying any unit of government on behalf of an entity other than the county.
"I couldn't agree more. Our current assessor, Jim Houlihan, lobbied for three years as an elected official.
"I said last August during the Cook County Democratic Party slating process that I would no longer work as a lobbyist as soon as I take office. I committed back then that I would stop, and if I need to reiterate that promise to Roger Keats, Dick Simpson, and Andy Shaw, I will.
"Being Cook County assessor is a full-time job. I want the people of Cook County to be comfortable knowing that I will be concentrating solely on the job at hand - and that is making sure their properties are fairly assessed throughout Cook County."
The Berrios campaign statement did not acknowledge Joe Berrios now serves as the elected head of the 3-person Cook County Board of Review, a panel that deals with Cook County property assessment appeals.