Public might not get to see report on bribery allegations

  • Authorities say this photograph shows a Cook County Board of Review employee counting thousands of dollars in bribe money for lowering property assessments. The Sun-Times pixelated his face because he has not been charged.

    Authorities say this photograph shows a Cook County Board of Review employee counting thousands of dollars in bribe money for lowering property assessments. The Sun-Times pixelated his face because he has not been charged. Federal affidavit from U.S. attorney's office in Chicago

 
 
Updated 1/20/2022 7:15 PM

The Cook County Board of Review hired a high-profile Chicago law firm last year through a contract worth up to $110,000 to look into alleged bribery in the county office -- but it's unclear if the public will get to see the results of the firm's work.

The investigative services contract between the Board of Review and Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP was signed in early September, two months after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the FBI had been investigating a Board of Review employee.

 

That employee is alleged to have used his position to have property assessments lowered in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash bribes.

• This report was produced in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times. For related coveragel, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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