Politics as usual: The Sun-Times is reporting that the Cook County Board of Ethics is dropping its investigation into whether Democrat Party boss and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios accepted money from attorneys who make their living representing clients seeking lower property tax bills — from county tax officials such as Berrios.
While the pay-to-play scheme has long been a practice among and between Illinois politicians and lawyers, Berrios insists that the investigation was politically motivated and that "...no one is going to be influenced by someone who gives you a check to run for office.”
Hmm: George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, hundreds of other convicted Illinois pols. Yeah, Berrios is right. Nothing but angels in Illinois government.
BTW - Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullterton both have law firms that specialize in property tax reductions. And don't forget, Madigan's daughter Lisa is the "see no corruption, hear no corruption, prosecute no corruption" Attorney General of the State.
Click HERE for an analysis of Joe Berrios' political bio.