Political power is concentrated in Cook County, where millions of Illinoisans are concentrated with the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Overwhelmingly dominated for decades by Democrats that also run the state of Illinois, what happens in Cook County affects the rest of the state and the nation.
While most would naturally look to elected offices of mayor and county board president as the most influential, anyone that knows power politics in Illinois also knows that anything to do with property assessment sets one up as a "player" in Cook County politics. That's likely to be a key reason why there's now a laser beam focus on the Cook County Board of Review. In 2010, the Cook County Democrats lost one of the BOR's powerful seats to Wheeling Township Republican Dan Patlak. In a 2-4-4 election term pattern, Patlak is seeking re-election after first being elected just two years ago. The Democrat that has filed for the Board of Review seat is the nephew to mega-powerful Chicago Democrat Jeremiah Joyce.
Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison, 44, lost to Patlak in 2010, and is challenging him once again in the GOP March 20, 2012 primary. Morrison is the CEO of Morrison Securities, a national securities services company based in Alsip, IL. He's married and father to two preschool-age daughters.
Illinois Reviewinterviewed Morrison last week in his Alsip headquarters. Below is Part 1 of a 4-part series with GOP BOR candidate Sean Morrison.
IR: How did you get started in the security business?
IR: Do you take on high profile cases?
IR: Can you tell us more about government contracts, anything with the federal government? Morrison describes his company's work in Iraq, beginning in 2003:
IR: Being your company has clients in South America, isn't kidnapping a serious problem there?
IR: As busy as you are with Morrison Securities, how will you manage your schedule if you were elected to the Board of Review?
IR: So why would you choose to run for the Cook County Board of Review again in 2012?
IR: So, the corruption at the Board of Review is a key reason why you've chosen to run in 2012?
In Part 2, Sean Morrison will go into detail as to his objections to how things are currently handled at the Cook County Board of Review.