Democrats Ain't Ready for Reform


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The "colorful" (i.e. corrupt) alderman Paddy Bauler (center, top hat) once said after an election returned every goniff in sight to office famously said, "Chicago ain't ready for reform!" More appropriately, he should have said, "Democrats ain't ready for reform."

Nothing says it better than the primary race for the Democratic nominee for Cook County Assessor. Joseph Berrios, who should have lost the race if Democratic voters cared a fig about clean government, came in first.

This is the same Joseph Berrios of whom the Tribune editorial board said:


Then there's Joseph Berrios, whose mailer's claims are so detached from reality that you have to weigh a serious question:  Watch as Berrios -- kingmaker for County Board President Todd Stroger, loyal supporter of Stroger's tax policy, shifter of property tax burdens from commercial properties to homeowners, successful lobbyist for video poker, supplicant to Springfield political cronies who have tax appeals before the Board of Review on which he sits -- yes, watch Berrios clumsily try to obliterate his record as an insider...


In one of the strongest non-endorsements to come out of the Tribune in a while, Berrios was accused of lying in just about everything he promised in his campaign.


Continue reading in the Chicago Daily Observer

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  • We are like a kicked dog,we keep coming back to these people.VOTE THESE MUTTS OUT................................................

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