About Joseph Berrios

Joseph Berrios, Cook County Assessor

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is a lifelong Chicagoan who understands the importance of property tax fairness to each home and commercial property owner throughout the area.

Born on Valentine’s Day in 1952, Berrios grew up in a family of seven children. He was just six-years-old when his family moved into one of the Cabrini-Green high rises.

To help support his family, Berrios began working when he was just 13. That’s when he got a job as a dishwasher at the Tower Club in Chicago. He worked there for seven years, eventually rising through the restaurant ranks to become a waiter.

Berrios is a graduate of Lane Tech High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

In 1982, Berrios ran for State Representative. He won, and went on to serve three more terms. Then, in 1988, he ran for and won a spot on the Board of Review, which oversees property tax appeals.

Berrios was elected Cook County Assessor in 2010, and has been busy since then bringing property assessments to fair market value, streamlining the assessment process to allow for property taxes to be mailed out on time for the first time in 35 years, creating a more taxpayer friendly Web site, collaborating with Columbia College to create instructional videos to simplify common taxpayer questions, fighting property tax exemption fraud cheats, and raising the homeowner and senior exemption savings.

Joseph lives on the city’s Northwest Side in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. He is the father of three children: State Representative Toni Berrios, Vanessa, and Joseph. He also has two grandchildren, Abby and Nicholas.