Sunday, November 18, 2012

15 members of Joe Berrios' family on county, state payrolls - Chicago Sun-Times

15 members of Joe Berrios' family on county, state payrolls - Chicago Sun-Time

One of those stories Main Stream Medias runs post election.


For Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, government is the family business. 
That got him in trouble with the county ethics board, which called for Berrios to fire three family members who are on his staff and fined him $10,000 for violating the county?s anti-nepotism ban by hiring two of them -- his son and sister -- after he was elected assessor in 2010. 
But the Berrios family's presence on government payrolls goes far beyond that. In September, his nephew Stephen Berrios got a job working for the Cook County judiciary. That made him the 13th member of the powerful politician's family on a county or state payroll, a Chicago Sun-Times examination of government records shows. 
And two of Berrios' siblings have recently retired from government jobs and now get public pensions. Count them, and that makes 15 members of the Berrios family who receive a total of more than $1.05 million a year in wages and pension payments, records show. 
All six of Berrios' brothers and sisters work for or recently retired from jobs with the county, the state or the Chicago Public Schools. All three of his children are state or county employees. So are three nephews, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.

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