The Sun-Times obtained Cook County Ethics Commission's recommendation that Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios (also the Cook County Democratic Party chairman) fire his sister and son from county jobs.
“It is the Board of Ethics’ recommendation that the Assessor remove his sister and son from the County Assessor’s Office’s payroll, and fill those positions in accordance with the proper and customary hiring process, and not by relatives as defined by the Cook County Ethics Ordinance,” Oliver wrote in a report dated June 20.
Berrios hired son and namesake Joseph “Joey’’ Berrios as a $48,000-a-year residential analyst and sister Carmen Berrios as director of taxpayer services at a salary of $86,000 just after the November 2010 election. The assessor later promoted both, and both have since seen a few pay boosts. The younger Joe Berrios, now chief of the land division, is now earning $69,285 annually while the assessor’s sister — a deputy assessor of taxpayer services — is making $107,841, according to payroll records.
Berrios also has a daughter that is a state representative.