The county ethics board sued Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios in March, to get him to at least pay a fine for flouting its ban against nepotism. The case is still pending, court records show. | Sun-Times file photo
Joe Berrios believes he’s free to hire whomever, even his dog. That’s the way a political adviser to Berrios — the Cook County assessor and county Democratic Party chairman — once explained it to me. That’s why his sister Carmen Berrios was working one evening in April 2007, after normal business hours, at the Cook County Board of Review. It was in the line of county duty, Carmen Berrios says, that she “tripped on a floor outlet and landed on the floor,” on her right shoulder.