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This investigation found that Cook County Commissioners say they have little power as individuals, and have no defined, specific responsibilities. Many say most of the items that come before them are routine "housekeeping" matters. The board passed every one of the thousands of items that came before it in the last three years, and lobbying and back-room compromises often took the place of open debate and negotiation. The commissioners also defend practices of county leaders hiring friends and political associates.
The Chicago Sun-Times examines rising property tax assessments and the Cook County Board of Review, who made the tax cuts and "whose three commissioners also solicited nearly $500,000 in campaign donations from attorneys who won cuts for their clients."
An investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times reveals that "in Chicago, politicans and those with the right connections can get their property taxes slashed merely by asking the Cook County Board of Review to lower the value of their home. The board's staff concocted evidence to support slashing the assessed value on the homes for elected officials and two board employees, decisions that saved them thousands of dollars in taxes.