Chief Judge Evans establishes application process to fill Cook County Board of Review vacancy

Released On 12/08/2010

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today announced that persons seeking appointment to the vacancy in the office of commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review from District Number 2 will need to submit a formal application to him to be considered for the position.


The Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County is required by state law to fill Board of Review vacancies. Property Tax Code, 35 ILCS 200/5-5. The office became officially vacant when former Commissioner Joseph Berrios became Cook County Assessor on December 6, 2010.


"I intend to appoint a commissioner who will be not only fair and impartial, but also willing to lower or raise property values as justice requires," said Chief Judge Evans.


Eligible persons interested in seeking appointment to the position may download an application at beginning tomorrow. Chief Judge Evans noted that state law requires that, to be eligible for the appointment, a person must reside in the Board of Review District Number 2 for at least two years before the date of appointment, must be from the same political party as the immediate predecessor, and must not hold any other lucrative public office or public employment while serving as a commissioner.


Applicants will be required to submit to Chief Judge Evans a cover letter expressing interest in and showing eligibility for the appointment, a résumé, and three letters of reference as part of their completed application. All submitted application forms will be posted on the court's web site.


Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010, and must be received by the Office of the Chief Judge no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2010.


The duties of a commissioner include, but are not limited to, fair and impartial review of assessments of all property to the extent authorized by the Property Tax Code, appropriate and lawful correction of assessments, direction that the Cook County Assessor modify assessments as justice may require, and the performance of all acts necessary under authority of law to procure a full, fair and impartial assessment of all real property located in the county.
Applications are also available in the Office of the Chief Judge, 50 W. Washington Street, Room 2600, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois 60602.



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