Joel B. Pollak Endorses Dan Patlak

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Dear friends,

In 2010, one of the bright spots for Republicans in Cook County was the victory of Dan Patlak in the race for Cook County Board of Review. After months of hard work, Dan unseated an incumbent Democrat and restored balance to the property tax appeals process, bringing qualifications and experience to the office.

Now Dan is facing a Republican challenger in the primary, but after two years of solid service, there's no clear reason to replace him. Dan has has received numerous endorsements and will be the strongest candidate to maintain a balance of power for the benefit of Illinois taxpayers.

For that reason, I'm happy to pass a message along on his behalf. You can learn more at http://www.electpatlak.com.

Thank you!
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Joel

 

Objective Opinions On Dan's Race: Please Forward To Your Friends

 

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“Patlak is Endorsed”
--Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2012


In 2010, Republican Dan Patlak ousted an incumbent Democrat to capture the so-called suburban seat — District 1 — on Cook County's tax appeals board. This three-member Board of Review weighs complaints from taxpayers who think their properties have been assessed unfairly. It's a boring but important and easily exploited mission: Too often, politically clouted lawyers have run roughshod at the board and won huge assessment reductions for their commercial clients.

Patlak's deep experience before joining the board — he had worked there as an appeals analyst for nearly eight years and had served as Wheeling Township assessor — has helped him make an impact: Many county officials, Democrats included, tell us Patlak has been a force for modernization, including a long overdue online appeals system that's a big plus for taxpayers.

Patlak's challenger is Sean Morrison, the Palos Township Republican committeeman, whom Patlak defeated in the 2010 primary. Morrison, a security firm executive, has radio ads that suggest he will lower everyone's property taxes. The ads are misleading. The job is to review assessment appeals so property tax bills are fair.

There's a race here because one faction of Cook County Republicans is feuding with another faction.

There is no reason for voters to unseat Patlak. Morrison evidently knows that: He has built his campaign primarily on serial mud-slinging that doesn't speak well for his judgment. That is one of this job's core necessities. Patlak is endorsed.
“We Endorse Patlak”
--Daily Herald, February 28, 2012


The Republican primary in the District 1 race for the Cook County Board of Review is a rerun of the contest two years ago, with a few twists.

The three-member board of review operates largely below the radar, but performs a key function, reviewing appeals of assessment office findings related to the value of property.

Last time around, Dan Patlak of Wheeling, an assessment expert who long worked for the board of review and later was Wheeling Township assessor, ran against Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison, who is founder and CEO of a security business. While the two had platforms that were similar in several respects, we endorsed Patlak based on his experience.

Patlak went on to beat the Democratic incumbent and now Morrison is running against him largely for being an insider.

In fact, Patlak, while pointing justifiably to improvements he has pushed, does seem a little too comfortable with the status quo. But Morrison hasn't made a strong case for replacing him, and some of Morrison's charges have been wide of the mark or unsubstantiated.

We endorse Patlak, based on his experience, and his record in helping improve how the office runs and its timeliness completing review.
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The Chicago Tribune endorses Dan Patlak

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The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Dan Patlak for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review.

For Cook County Board Of Review: Patlak

In 2010, Republican Dan Patlak ousted an incumbent Democrat to capture the so-called suburban seat — District 1 — on Cook County's tax appeals board. This three-member Board of Review weighs complaints from taxpayers who think their properties have been assessed unfairly. It's a boring but important and easily exploited mission: Too often, politically clouted lawyers have run roughshod at the board and won huge assessment reductions for their commercial clients.

Patlak's deep experience before joining the board — he had worked there as an appeals analyst for nearly eight years and had served as Wheeling Township assessor — has helped him make an impact: Many county officials, Democrats included, tell us Patlak has been a force for modernization, including a long overdue online appeals system that's a big plus for taxpayers.

Patlak's challenger is Sean Morrison, the Palos Township Republican committeeman, whom Patlak defeated in the 2010 primary. Morrison, a security firm executive, has radio ads that suggest he will lower everyone's property taxes. The ads are misleading. The job is to review assessment appeals so property tax bills are fair.

There's a race here because one faction of Cook County Republicans is feuding with another faction.

There is no reason for voters to unseat Patlak. Morrison evidently knows that: He has built his campaign primarily on serial mud-slinging that doesn't speak well for his judgment. That is one of this job's core necessities. Patlak is endorsed.

 

The Daily Herald Endorses Dan Patlak

 

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The Daily Herald has endorsed Dan Patlak for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review.

Patlak for Cook Board of Review, GOP

The Republican primary in the District 1 race for the Cook County Board of Review is a rerun of the contest two years ago, with a few twists.

The three-member board of review operates largely below the radar, but performs a key function, reviewing appeals of assessment office findings related to the value of property.

Last time around, Dan Patlak of Wheeling, an assessment expert who long worked for the board of review and later was Wheeling Township assessor, ran against Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison, who is founder and CEO of a security business. While the two had platforms that were similar in several respects, we endorsed Patlak based on his experience.

Patlak went on to beat the Democratic incumbent and now Morrison is running against him largely for being an insider.

In fact, Patlak, while pointing justifiably to improvements he has pushed, does seem a little too comfortable with the status quo. But Morrison hasn't made a strong case for replacing him, and some of Morrison's charges have been wide of the mark or unsubstantiated.

We endorse Patlak, based on his experience, and his record in helping improve how the office runs and its timeliness completing reviews. 

 

Fundraiser For Dan Patlak - February 27

Join

Cook County Board of Review
Commissioner Dan Patlak

as he leads the charge towards victory at

Grand Station Restaurant
101 W. Campbell
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

on

Monday, February 27, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

$75 per person

Platinum Sponsor - $1,500
Gold Sponsor - $1,000
Silver Sponsor - $500
Bronze Sponsor - $300

For questions please call (224) 659-5725.

Please mail check payable to Citizens for Dan Patlak, along with the reply card to:
113 Berkshire Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090.

 


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