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Editorial: Berrios didn’t tell all about family hiring

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios

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Updated: December 21, 2012 6:14AM



Whenever we have asked Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios about all those relatives he puts on his payroll, he has shrugged and said he should get points for hiding nothing.

Maybe it’s time Berrios came up with a new dodge. In Sunday’s Sun-Times, reporter Dan Mihalopoulos documented 13 members of the Berrios clan — like a football team complete with kicker — who are on state or county payrolls and two more who recently retired and are drawing public pensions.

Who knew?

Funny, we don’t remember Berrios, who also is chairman of the county Democratic Party, mentioning all those family insiders when asked about the most obvious two — the son and sister on his own payroll. Those two hires got him in trouble with the county ethics board.

We know we write a lot about Berrios and his penchant for, shall we say, putting kin in the game.

But we’ll stop when he stops.



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