Assessor Berrios’ political firings could cost taxpayers more than $500,000
Cook County Board is considering more than $500,000 in settlements to workers fired by Assessor Joe Berrios. And Cook County taxpayers are expected to pay for it.
Berrios fired those workers so that he could hire family members.
Those settlements range from $1,000 to $95,000.
Berrios took over the Assessors office in 2010.
He then hired his son, his sister and a trusted lawyer from his previous position.
Berrios says he thought it was “ok” to fire the other workers because they were “at-will” employees.