County Official Must Answer To Watchdog: Ill. High Court

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 7:43 PM EST) -- The Illinois Supreme Court said Thursday that the elected official responsible for assessing property value in Cook County, home to the city of Chicago, must answer questions related to potential wrongdoing in his office, ruling in an unanimous decision that the county's inspector general does have subpoena-issuing authority.

Joseph Berrios, the Cook County assessor since 2010, must comply with a subpoena issued by county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard, all seven judges sitting on the state's high court ruled. In an opinion written by Judge Charles Freeman,...
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