Endorsements

Ken Meuser

No other elected official spent the enormous number of hours meeting with thousands of Cook County residents explaining the details of how our homes are taxed. Most importantly, Dan provides the tools and knowledge to help each of make sure our taxes are fail and equal.

 

Roxane DeVos Tyssen - Committeewoman, Bremen Township

I am happy to endorse Dan Patlak for re-election as Commissioner Board of Review.  The Bremen Township Republican Organization has been behind Dan since day-one and I am delighted to be part of that team.

 

Rodney Craig - Village President of Hanover Park

It is an honor to endorse Dan Patlak.  He is a man who has demonstrated a high level of integrity and we look forward to working with him in the future.

 

Meg Schneider - President, Palatine Township Republican Women's Organization

I have known Dan Patlak for almost 20 years.  He is honest and extremely hard working.  Property taxes and the Republican party have been a passion of his entire adult life, maybe even longer.
He is truly a genuine person that we can count on.
His opponent infers Dan is the reason our property taxes are too high.
Not true.  Dan has spent his short time in office educating tax payers on appealing their property taxes, to get them lowered.
Look at your tax bill, see what services you are paying for and ask yourself, does Dan Patlak control the cost of those items?  Of course not.
Look ot your school board for much of thoses hikes.
Dan is dedicated to this position, he takes if very seriously and works full time for us.  Can those previous in his position say the same?  Will his opponent make the same offer?
We can trust Dan Patlak.

 

James Gutzmer - Cook County Farm Bureau Political Action Committee Chairman

Dan Patlak is a tireless advocate for taxpayers.  He's repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to bring transparency and professionalism to the Board of Review, which has earned him the endorsement of the Cook County Farm Bureau Political Action Committee.

 

James Marnell - President, Rich Township Republicans

I am proud to endorse dan for re-election to the cook county board of review.

 

Chris Cleveland - 43rd Ward Republican Committeeman

I've known Dan for many years. It's hard to imagine a more honest, hardworking, and straightforward guy. He's a genuine conservative and a genuine Republican in a state where those who run on the Republican line don't always hold our values.

I and the 43rd Ward Republicans endorse him without reservation.

 

Barbara & Jerry Herr - Park Ridge

I know Dan from working on some campaigns for Pro-Life candidates..he is hard working and honest.....and a real thorn in the side of all the Democrats running the board...let's keep at least one honest guy...

 

Republican Women Of Park Ridge

We’ve known Dan Patlak a long time; in fact, though he was living in Niles when we first met him and is now living in Wheeling, he has been a member of our Club for many years.

Dan is a strong Republican and in 2010 took back a seat the Democrats were holding on the County Board of Review, which hears property tax assessment appeals. His election was the first time a Republican defeated a sitting Democratic Cook County official in 15 years. Elected from Dist. 1, Dan represents virtually the entire Cook County suburban area, yet he often spends time with us at our meetings and, whenever invited, presents taxpayer education workshops hosted by our Club and various civic organizations throughout his far-flung district.

Dan began his career as a real estate broker, is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and is a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, key credentials for an assessment review official. He worked with the late Maureen Murphy at the Board of Review from 1999 through 2006.

He was an elected member of the East Maine School Dist. 63 board of education in the mid-90s and later was elected Assessor of Wheeling Township.

Dan is active in the National Taxpayers Union and the Knights of Columbus, attends St. Joseph the Worker Church and lives in Wheeling with his wife Dulce and their son Teddy.

He is opposed in the primary by the same ex-Democrat whom he defeated in the GOP primary two years ago.

 

Congressman Robert Dold - United States House of Representatives

Dan Patlak will bring honesty and integrity to the Board of Review and is a critical ally for taxpayers.  Dan is doing an excellent job as Commissioner, bringing transparency and reform to Cook County politics, and will continue to be a tireless advocate for taxpayers.

 

Rosemary Mulligan - State Representative & Maine Township Republican Committeeman

As a state rep, I've attended Commissioner Patlak's tax appeal seminars for homeowners in my area and I am pleased with his efforts to help overburdened taxpayers receive some kind of relief in this difficult economy.

 

Ryan Higgins - Schaumburg Township Republican Committeeman

Dan's strong character and unquestioned integrity is the best reason to support him.  He has my enthusiastic endorsement to continue to represent the residents of the 1st Board of Review District.

 

Terry Kelly - Palatine Township Assessor

Dan Patlak has been a tremendous help and resource to the taxpayers of Palatine Township. Dan's extensive knowledge and "can do" attitude has help Palatine Township homeowners save thousands in property taxes.

 

Frank Paul - New Trier Precinct Captain & Former Evanston Township Committeeman

Dan is the hardest working, no nonsense republican office holder in Cook County.  We need his leadership, experience and integrity on the Cook County Republican ticket in 2012.

 

Jerry Sadler - Wheeling Township Assessor

Dan has done an excellent job at the Board of Review, being able to file an appeal on line is a big step forward for the taxpayer.

 

Congressman Peter Roskam - United States House of Representatives

"I know Dan Patlak to be a man of character and integrity.  He works hard at his position of Board of Review commissioner and always has the best interests of taxpayers at heart.  Dan is exactly the type of person Republican voters should support.  He has my enthusiastic endorsement."

 

Bill Cadigan - New Trier Republican Organization Committeeman

Dan Patlak’s impact on the Board of Review has resulted in more efficiency and transparency in the office as well as savings for taxpayers.

 

Christine Prochno - Elk Grove Village Trustee

Dan is doing an excellent job as a Commissioner on The Board of Review. It is critical that he be re-elected to the position. I highly endorse him.

 

George Townsend - Former Rich Township Assessor

My wife Terry and I heartily endorse Dan Patlak. We are both members of the Park Forest Hall of Fame.  I served 12 years as Rich Township Assessor and 2 years as President of The Township Assessor's of Cook County.  Dan has served us well.

 

Patrick O'Malley - State Senator (retired)

I am familiar with Dan Patlak's record on behalf of the residents of Cook County during his first term at the Board of Review.   And as the sponsor of assessment reform laws creating more appeal rights for Cook County property taxpayers, I am keenly aware of how critical it is to open up and streamline the assessment appeal process in favor of average taxpayers.  Dan agrees and he has been a true taxpayer champion - I enthusiastically endorse his re-election.

 

Steven Rosendahl - Lemont Township Supervisor

Dan has done a fine job as Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review and most certainly deserves to continue his record of outstanding service to the residents of Cook County.

Thanks Dan and continue the great work!!!!

 

Jim Tobin - President, Taxpayers United of America

Dan Patlak has been a consistent voice for the rights of taxpayers. He's one of us.

 

Jeff Junkas - Commissioner of the Tinley Park - Park District Board

I'm supporting Dan Patlak for reelection to the Cook County Board of Review. Dan is the lone Republican on the three member board in charge of reviewing your property taxes. He is hard working, taxpayer-focused and a man of integrity. He is facing an unnecessary primary challenge. Learn more about him, get petitions, request a yard sign, etc. at his website: http://www.electpatlak.com/. Please support Dan any way you can.

 

Mark Decker - Executive Director, Cook County Republican Party (2002 - 2004)

As a former colleague of Dan's at the Board of Review, I know he is truly a taxpayer advocate fighting every day for the people of Cook County. He has proven he should continue as our commissioner from the suburbs.

 

Chris Robling - Longtime Cook County GOP Loyalist

Dan Patlak is the best thing that's happened to Cook County taxpayers in decades.  Dan brings intelligence, integrity and industry to the job of protecting us from governments that are out of control.  Do everything you can to keep Dan Patlak our Board of Review Commissioner.  Thanks, Chris Robling

 

Israel Smith - President of Suburban Cook Young Republicans/ Vice President Rich Township Republicans

Dan is committed to helping groups of all sizes grow. He has been a consistent presence in the South Suburbs, always willing to show up to meetings and events and even supporting local school board races that we were involved with. I am proud to endorse Dan for his re-election to the Board of Review and look forward to the changes he is bringing to Cook County.

 

Brendan R. Appel - Northfield Township Trustee

Dan is by far the most qualified, most knowledgeable, most experienced, and most educated Commissioner to serve at the Board of Review.  Not only does he do an excellent job at the Board, but he has taken the initiative to help educate and empower property tax payers throughout the county with his tax seminars.  Simply put, Cook County taxpayers cannot do better than to re-elect Dan Patlak.

 

Arlene Jezierny - Mayor of Harwood Heights

Commissioner Dan Patlak is committed to the citizens he represents and has already proven himself to tax payers’ needs. His professionalism, fairness and dedication to his job are his significant leadership qualities. I give Dan my strongest support for his current and future endeavors.

 

Michael P. McAuliffe - State representative 20th district, 41st Ward Committeeman

Dan has been and will be a great Cook County Board of Review Commissioner. His experience and dedication clearly represents his constituents.

 

Kevin Edward White - 38th Ward Republican Committeeman

Dan Patlak has been a stand-up guy for the common citizenry and I appreciate his effort and his independence.  Dan seems to be serving for all of the right reasons and we need to support people who do that.

 

Richard Townsend - Precinct Captain 90th, Republicans of Wheeling Township

The Cook County Board of Review is a vital service to the taxpayers of Cook County and requires commissioners that are honest, fair and willing to put aside special interests to ensure that the process is as transparent as possible.  Dan Patlak has and will execute his duties for this office with the utmost integrity.  That is why I am supporting Dan for his re-election.

 

Adam Robinson - Commiteeman, 48th Ward

Dan Patlak is an honest, hard-working public servant who has acted in the best interests of all taxpayers.  I enthusiastically endorse Dan for Commissioner.

 

Michael J. Gadzinski - Norwood Park Township Republican Committeeman

Commissioner Patlak is an asset to the Cook County Board of Review.  He represents taxpayers with integrity, honesty and in a trustworthy manner, eager in putting their interests first. His experience as an Assessor and passion to help people, has allowed him to fulfill his duties and responsibilities as Commissioner by providing taxpayers with transparency and fair property assessments. I enthusiastically endorse Dan for his second term as Commissioner of the Board of Review.

 

Gregg Goslin - Cook County Commissioner

Building on the solid foundation of service as Wheeling Township Assessor, Dan Patlak has emerged as as a passionate advocate for residential real estate tax payers. Dan knows that every tax break awarded to the powerful and connected downtown commercial property owner gets shifted to the residential tax payer. Dan is fighting for the interests of our neighbors and I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for re-election.

 

Eloise Gerson - Chairman Chicago GOP

Dan brings balance and transparency to the Board of Review with his integrity and professionalism in his quest for fairness for all of the tax payers of Cook County.  He deserves our unwavering support.

 

Sig Vaznelis - Lemont Township Committeeman

Dan is a very hard working elected official.  His knowledge and perseverance has been an asset to the Board of Review office.  He shows what a Republican can do in Cook County to provide effective, efficient and professional public service.  We need to elect more Republicans like Dan.

 

Lee Roupas - Palos Township Republican Committeeman

Dan Patlak represents exactly what one could hope for in a public servant--honesty, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.  His election has been a shot in the arm for the Cook County Republican Party as he represents the first Republican to unseat a sitting Democrat county official in over 15 years.  Dan's unwavering service to the taxpayers of Cook warrants our support for 4 more years!

 

Carney Barr - Deputy Committeman, 2nd CD, State Central Committee

Dan has gotten off to a great start on the Cook County Board of Review.  We all need to help him continue  to represent the taxpayers of Cook County.

 

Pat Barr - Rich Township Republican Committeeman

I am happy to  support Dan for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review.  He has proven to be a tireless campaigner and will help lead our ticket to victory.

 

Jason Cordova - 45th Ward Republican Committeeman

Dan will serve hard working taxpayers well.  I strongly endorse him.

 

Christine Radogno - IL Senate Republican Leader

Dan has demonstrated a sincere interest in looking out for taxpayers during his time at the Board.  He is a credit to the Republican Party and I am happy to endorse his re-nomination in the upcoming Republican primary.

 

Paul Chialdikas - Trustee - Village of Lemont

I have personally had the opportunity to work alongside Dan and run with him in past elections. He is truly a candidate that works for the people. He is experienced in what he does and knows how to use those skills to benefit the taxpayers of Cook County. He is exactly what the taxpayers of Cook County need to represent them.

 

Dennis Cook - Chairman, Federation of Illinois Young Republicans

Dan Patlak has done an outstanding job as Commissioner to the Cook County Board of Review. Dan hit the ground running once he was elected and with his previous experience he has been able to help thousands of Cook County residents. Cook County needs more people like Dan and I’m honored to give him my endorsement for re-election in 2012.

 

Angelo "Skip" Saviano - State Representative

It's my honor to endorse Dan for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review.

 

Judy A. Diekelman - Thornton Township Republican Committeeman and State Central Committeeman

Dan's background and credentials makes him one of the most qualified people to have ever run for this position.

 

Douglas Glick - 43rd Ward Republican Committeeman

Dan is a man of great integrity.  All Republicans and others who care about good governance should get behind Dan and work for his re-election.

 

Dennis LaComb - United Republican Fund, Executive Director

I know Dan to be a man of integrity. He has made a tremendous impact on the Cook County Board of Review and has served the taxpayers well. I strongly endorse Commissioner Dan Patlak.

 

Aaron Del Mar - Palatine Township Republican Committeeman

I highly endorse Commissioner Patlak for his strong performance at the Board of Review. Dan is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant office. His leadership and direction have put us on the right track, and I look forward to another term.

 

Anthony Castrogiovanni - Berwyn Township Republican Committeeman

I know Dan to be honest, diligent and a man of integrity. In addition to being a friend and fellow Republican, Dan also represents the taxpayers of Berwyn Township. Dan has worked very hard to make sure that property assessments and taxes are fair for all people in his district. He has made a tremendous impact in the Cook County Board of Review and I would like to see him continue. I support Dan and I hope that you will too.

 

Angel Garcia - Republican State Central Committeeman - 3rd Congressional District

Dan is one of the hardest workers I know. Dan has hit the ground running from day one and has dedicated himself to being a servant of the people. We need more public servants like Dan Patlak! 

 

Chuck Augustyniak - Kirby School District 140 Board President

With property taxes being the only source of revenue for our schools, it is important to have a strong advocate for fairness in the tax process.  That man is Dan Patlak.  All citizens of Cook County can count on him to be fair, honest & work hard to insure a fair hearing for all parties.

 

Jim Durkin - State Representative

Dan Patlak is a person of immeasurable integrity and is a true champion of the taxpayers. I endorse him with great enthusiasm.

 

Tom Morrison - State Representative

With his extensive real estate background, Dan is expertly qualified for this position.  He is there to genuinely serve the people of Cook County, and I offer my enthusiastic endorsement.

 

Jill Brickman - Northfield Township Committeeman

We are fortunate to have someone of Dan's caliber representing us at the Board of Review.  His expertise ensures that taxpayers receive the professional reviews they deserve.  All Cook County residents should be grateful for Dan's knowledge, honesty and hard work.  I heartily endorse him for reelection to the Board of Review.

 

Jim Fuchs - Republican Committeeman, 44th Ward

Without a Republican on the board we would all be hostage to the democrats and their patronage-laden, tax-raising control.  Thank God for Dan!

 

Demetra DeMonte - Republican National Committeewoman for Illinois

Dan has done an exceptional job as Commissioner on the Board of Review. I wholeheartedly endorse him as he pursues his second term so he can continue his outstanding service and dedication to the citizens of Cook County.

 

Joesph Hedrick - Niles Township Republican Committeeman

I have known Dan his entire political life and found him to be dependable and dedicated. He has already proved his ability to  do the job in his first term. We are lucky to have such a great representative for our party.

 

Suzie Bassi - Former State Representative, 54th

"Dan is highly qualified to hold this position and I strongly endorse him."

 

Steven Koukios, Arlington Heights, Attorney-at-Law

I have personally known Dan Patlak for over twenty years.  We both worked at the same place in the Northern Suburbs many years ago and have always kept in contact.

He is an honest and capable man of unquestioned integrity and will make a strong addition to the Cook County Board of Review.

 

Dolly Vole - Mayor of Prospect Heights

"Dan is a hard working, dedicated and honest individual who has the integrity that the Cook County Board of Review needs. I know Dan will continue to be an advocate for the property owners in our community. I believe Dan’s experience as the Wheeling Township Assessor will be an asset to the Board of Review. I encourage everyone to vote for Dan Patlak for Commissioner District 1, Cook County Board of Review on November 2nd."

 

State Senator John Millner

Cook County government is in need of honest, thoughtful, educated, knowlegable and straight talking leaders. Dan qualifies on all fronts.
 

Congressman Peter Roskam

I am pleased to endorse Dan Patlak for the Cook County Board of Review. If ever there was a need for new leadership that time is now. Dan's competence and the oversite he will provide as a Republican member will be a welcome addition to the Board.
 

Matt Murphy, Palatine, Illinois Senator

I have known Dan for years. He is a man of tremendous integrity who truly knows the ins and outs of our property tax system. Cook County taxpayers can count on a fair shake from Dan Patlak on the Board of Review.
 

Tim Schneider, Cook County Commissioner

I know Dan as an honest and conscientious public servant. He has done an extraordinary job serving the public as the Wheeling Township Assessor and is just the type of individual we need to elect.  Without question, he is the most qualified non-incumbent to ever run for Board of Review commissioner and he'll be able to hit the ground running once he is elected. I urge every tax payer to get behind Dan's candidacy.
 

Tony Peraica - Lyons Township Republican Committeeman

Dan Patlak is EXACTLY the kind of person that we need to shake up the Board of Review. He is knowledgeable, qualified and experienced. He is not corrupt or beset by conflicts of interest. He is a conservative who will represent our values and principles on this most important body. Please help elect Dan Patlak as our next commissioner on the BOR. Lyons Township Republican Party (ROLT), and all of us individually, will do everything in our power to make sure that Dan Patlak wins on Nov. 2nd. Will you do the same?

 

Rev. Bob Vanden Bosch, Wauconda, Director Concerned Christian Americans (identification purposes only) says...

"I have known Dan for over 15 years. His experience, background, attitude, and competence make him highly qualified for the position of Commisioner of the Board of Review."

 

David Harris - State Representative

"It is both a pleasure and an honor to endorse Dan in his candidacy for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review. Dan has done an outstanding job as the Wheeling Township Assessor; the service he and his staff have provided to taxpayers is second to none. He will continue that tradition on the Board of Review, and he deserves our vote. We will be well served by having him as a Commissioner!"

 

Joe Wiegand, Fairdale, Taxpayers Alliance of Northern Illinois says...

"Dan Patlak has the experience and the ability to be a leader for taxpayers on the Cook County Board of Review. He is the right choice for Cook County Taxpayers."

 

David E. Smith, Tinley Park, Illinois Family Institute (for name ID only) says...

"I have known Dan for a while and consider him to be a man of utmost integrity and honesty. He is a skilled leader and passionate about what he believes. I appreciate Dan's drive and concern for Cook County and its positve development. I highly recommend voting for him for District 1 Commissioner of the Board of Review!"

 

Terry Kelly, CIAO, Palatine Township, Palatine Township Assessor says...

"Dan is thoroughly familiar with the Board of Review process. He will be an outstanding Commissioner, a true advocate for the tax payers of our community. Please join me in supporting Dan Patlak for Board of Review Commissioner."

 

Tom Rueckert C.I.A.O., Glenview,, Maine Township Assessor says...

"I've know Dan for 15 plus years. He has all the professional qualifications necessary to do a fair and equitable job on the Board of Review."

 

Steven Daglas, Palos Heights, IL, Illinois Republican State Central Committeeman, 1st C.D. says...

"I know Dan to not only be a good Republican, but also a good man. The citizens of Cook County would be fortunate to have Dan Patlak in their service on the Cook County Board of Review."

 

Paul Caprio, Chicago, Director, Family-Pac says...

"Family-Pac strongly endorses the candidacy of Dan Patlak for the Republican nomination for Cook County Board of Review in District 1. Dan is a long-time friend of overburdened Cook County taxpayers and will be a voice for them in this office. Dan is a person of character, integrity, and proven administrative ability...qualities we badly need in Cook County officeholders today. I urge all Republican voters to support Dan Patlak on Feb. 2nd. It's time to clean up the mess in Cook County that Democrats have created."

 

Al J. Biancalana C.I.A.O, Elmwood Park, Leyden Township Assessor says...

"As a fellow Assessor, I can appreciate the job Dan has done for Wheeling Township, and the vast experience he attained at the Cook County Board of Review in the past. I am convinced he will make a professional, honest and knowledgeable member of the board of review."

 

John R. Lawson C.I. A. O., Schaumburg, Schaumburg Township Assessor says...

"I've know Dan as a fellow township assessor. Dan is honest and conscientious and serves the public in his township. I endorse Dan for the candidacy for the Cook County Board of Review. I urge every Republican to get behind Dan's candidacy."

 

David Schmidt, Park Ridge, Mayor says...

"Dan was my campaign advisor during the 2009 mayoral campaign when I successfully defeated a fiscally irresponsible incumbent. I saw first hand on a daily basis how meticulously conservative he is when it comes to spending other people's money. I am confident he would bring this same approach to county government, something which is sorely needed."

 

Angela Roman, Chicago, IL, Director of Operations, The Signature Room at the 95th says...

"The Cook County Tax system is out of control and we need Dan Patlak to fix it. Individuals and businesses can stand firmly behind Patlak's principles and mission. Let's get him on the Board and get the government back to the way it is supposed to function - for the people!"
 

Tom Smogolski, C.I.A.O. SRA, Bartlett, Hanover Township Assessor says...

"I support Dan Patlak for Commissioner District 1, Cook County Board of Review. Dan has the experience, education and the integrity which is so badly needed in Cook County Government. Dan will hold his staff to the highest standards and professionalism as evident in his current position as the Wheeling Township Assessor."

 

Patricia K. Damisch, C.I.A.O., Northbrook, Northfield Township Assessor says...

"It is my great pleasure to endorse Dan Patlak's candidacy for Cook County Board of Review. His many years spent as a valuable staff member at the Board combined with his experience as Wheeling Township Assessor make Dan Patlak the perfect candidate. He will bring to the Board of Review tremendous expertise, leadership and professionalism. In these serious economic times a dedicated, honest, knowledgeable public servant is exactly what the Board of Review needs."

 

Daniel Staackmann, Morton Grove says...

"Dan is a true Republican in every sense. He has dedicated his life to his family and the principals of the party. He will bring a strong understanding to the office he seeks with his hands on experience from working at the Board Of Review. Who better to elect than the person who already knows what's wrong and how to fix it."

 

Amy Nykaza, C.I.A.O., Barrington, Barrington Township Assessor says...

"Dan has all the qualifications to make him an excellent Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review. He is committed to fair and honest assessments. Dan has the experience, education & dedication that make him the best candidate for the job."

 

Connie Carosielli, C.I.A.O., Mt. Prospect, Elk Grove Township Assessor says...

"I heartily endorse the candidacy of Dan Patlak for the Cook County Board of Review. It is not often in Cook County that the electorate is presented with a candidate that is truly qualified. The informed voter has only to look to Dans’ educational and professional background to determine that his expertise on property value is far superior to the incumbent.


The time has arrived when the voter must renounce the status quo in Cook County and elect an individual that is committed to fairness and accuracy in property valuation."

 

Michael Rupnow C.I.A.O., Hoffman Estates, Former Schaumburg Township Assessor says...

"Dan will be an excellent Commissioner at the Board of Review because his character is beyond reproach. He has the technical and management skills to promote fair and honest assessments. I proudly endorse Dan Patlak."

 

Ruth O'Connell, Arlington Heights, Wheeling Township Trustee, Wheeling Township Republican Committeeman

Dan has been a leader and active member in Republicans of Wheeling Township. I can't think of any Republican better prepared to run and win for Board of Review Commissioner. Our entire organization stands firmly behind Dan's candidacy.

 

Gene Dawson C.I.A.O., Barrington, Barrington Township Supervisor, Barrington Township Republican Committeeman

"I have worked with Dan for a good number of years. As the State Central Committeeman for the 8th Congressional District, the Barrington Township Supervisor and more importantly the previous Barrington Township Assessor. I worked with Dan on a number of assessment and Tax issues when he was with the Board of Review. I found Dan to be exceedingly knowledgeable and dedicated to getting the job done for the taxpayers he was assisting."

 

Mike Schroeder, Arlington Heights, Supervisor-Wheeling Township says...

"Having served with Dan on the Wheeling Township Board, I can say without hesitation that he has done a superb job modernizing the Assessor's office and I am confident he will do the same as a commissioner at the Board of Review. Dan has my unqualified support."

 

Ken Jochum, Arlington Heights, Wheeling Township Collector Elect says...

"A Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review requires broad experience, a high level of professional competence and a citizen-centric view of service….Dan Patlak has all of these qualifications and I highly recommend voting for him for District 1 Commissioner of the Board of Review!"

 

Chicago Tribune Endorses Dan Patlak

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Board of Review: Four years ago we swallowed hard and endorsed Democrat Brendan Houlihan to be the third Democrat on this, um, three-member property tax appeals board. We thought Houlihan, who occupies the so-called suburban seat, and incumbent Larry Rogers Jr. would isolate ethics-challenged incumbent Joe Berrios and shutter the cottage industry in which attorneys make fat campaign contributions to board members — and then win assessment reductions for their big commercial clients.

Reform hasn't happened. Intramural tiffs and Berrios' manipulation of the bureaucracy instead have prevailed. Clouted insiders still rule. In his questionnaire response to the Tribune, Houlihan laments that his board has "a paper-intensive process" and says he has a plan to modernize the tax review process "to ensure complete transparency, improve efficiency and cut waste." Mr. Houlihan, you've had four years. Whom do you blame for not having that new system up and running right now? The fact that it isn't is one reason why this board got so bogged down in the appeals process this year. That delay could wind up forcing local governments, or rather their taxpayers, to borrow money to pay basic expenses. Houlihan and Rogers — we really did have high hopes — should be ashamed that Berrios still has such sway.

The Tribune instead endorses Republican Dan Patlak, the Wheeling Township assessor who previously spent nearly eight years as an appeals analyst at the Board of Review. Patlak has so many ideas for economizing on county operations that he thinks the County Board can repeal the remainder of the sales tax increase — plus another three-fourths of a percentage point. Mostly we hope Patlak completes the modernization that Houlihan promised in 2006 — yet promises again in 2010.

Board of Review: Four years ago we swallowed hard and endorsed Democrat Brendan Houlihan to be the third Democrat on this, um, three-member property tax appeals board. We thought Houlihan, who occupies the so-called suburban seat, and incumbent Larry Rogers Jr. would isolate ethics-challenged incumbent Joe Berrios and shutter the cottage industry in which attorneys make fat campaign contributions to board members — and then win assessment reductions for their big commercial clients.

Reform hasn't happened. Intramural tiffs and Berrios' manipulation of the bureaucracy instead have prevailed. Clouted insiders still rule. In his questionnaire response to the Tribune, Houlihan laments that his board has "a paper-intensive process" and says he has a plan to modernize the tax review process "to ensure complete transparency, improve efficiency and cut waste." Mr. Houlihan, you've had four years. Whom do you blame for not having that new system up and running right now? The fact that it isn't is one reason why this board got so bogged down in the appeals process this year. That delay could wind up forcing local governments, or rather their taxpayers, to borrow money to pay basic expenses. Houlihan and Rogers — we really did have high hopes — should be ashamed that Berrios still has such sway.

The Tribune instead endorses Republican Dan Patlak, the Wheeling Township assessor who previously spent nearly eight years as an appeals analyst at the Board of Review. Patlak has so many ideas for economizing on county operations that he thinks the County Board can repeal the remainder of the sales tax increase — plus another three-fourths of a percentage point. Mostly we hope Patlak completes the modernization that Houlihan promised in 2006 — yet promises again in 2010.Board of Review: Four years ago we swallowed hard and endorsed Democrat Brendan Houlihan to be the third Democrat on this, um, three-member property tax appeals board. We thought Houlihan, who occupies the so-called suburban seat, and incumbent Larry Rogers Jr. would isolate ethics-challenged incumbent Joe Berrios and shutter the cottage industry in which attorneys make fat campaign contributions to board members — and then win assessment reductions for their big commercial clients.

Reform hasn't happened. Intramural tiffs and Berrios' manipulation of the bureaucracy instead have prevailed. Clouted insiders still rule. In his questionnaire response to the Tribune, Houlihan laments that his board has "a paper-intensive process" and says he has a plan to modernize the tax review process "to ensure complete transparency, improve efficiency and cut waste." Mr. Houlihan, you've had four years. Whom do you blame for not having that new system up and running right now? The fact that it isn't is one reason why this board got so bogged down in the appeals process this year. That delay could wind up forcing local governments, or rather their taxpayers, to borrow money to pay basic expenses. Houlihan and Rogers — we really did have high hopes — should be ashamed that Berrios still has such sway.

The Tribune instead endorses Republican Dan Patlak, the Wheeling Township assessor who previously spent nearly eight years as an appeals analyst at the Board of Review. Patlak has so many ideas for economizing on county operations that he thinks the County Board can repeal the remainder of the sales tax increase — plus another three-fourths of a percentage point. Mostly we hope Patlak completes the modernization that Houlihan promised in 2006 — yet promises again in 2010.