UPDATE: Illinois Review has learned the two analysts charged by the U.S. Attorney's office worked for Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers (deemed Commissioner A) before being transferred to the office's front desk work during the 2008-2009 time frame.
Below is the press release pertaining to the arrest is from the Northern Illinois U.S. Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's office Wednesday:
CHICAGO—Two analysts for the Cook County Board of Review were arrested today on federal bribery charges for allegedly accepting $1,500 to facilitate reducing by more than $14,000 the property tax assessments on three residential properties identified by a confidential source who was cooperating with federal agents. The defendants, Thomas Hawkins and John Racasi, allegedly discussed scheming with others to facilitate property tax reductions in exchange for bribes; however, the complaint charges them with accepting just one bribe. The Board of Review is composed of three commissioners, each of whom has analysts and other staff who provide recommendations as to how the commissioners should vote in reviewing appeals of the Cook County Assessor’s property tax assessments.