What is it about Cook County property tax reviewers and nepotism? The Chicago Sun-Times reports that for more than four years Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. employed his half-brother, Frederic Everly, as an administrative assistant. Everly left his $61,139-a-year position last month. The revelation about Rogers follows Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios hiring his son and sister after the 2010 election.
County ethics rules prohibit elected officials from putting family members on the public payroll. But Berrios has claimed that the county's ethics ordinance does not apply to his office.
Rogers, meanwhile, is running unopposed for re-election this November. The Sun-Times notes that Rogers is a self-described committed reformer, according to his campaign Web site.