CHICAGO (January 24, 2018) – Fritz Kaegi, a progressive Democrat running for the Cook County Assessor’s Office, gained the endorsement of Citizen Action/Illinois, the state’s largest public interest organization, on Wednesday in his bid to unseat embattled incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.

“We are proud to announce that Citizen Action/Illinois has endorsed Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor.  Fritz is a progressive leader who has demonstrated that he can bring the much needed change to the current property tax system,” added Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-director of the grassroots organization. “Nearly every week, we hear bad news about the harmful impacts of a regressive property tax assessments under the tenure of the incumbent tax assessor. The broken system hurts homeowners and stifles economic expansion opportunities for many small businesses. It’s time for change for the families of Cook County.”

Added Kaegi, “I am humbled to receive the vote of confidence from Citizen Action/Illinois today as we continue our campaign to clean up the Assessor’s office.  Citizen Action is on the front lines of the social and economic justice fights that are at the heart of this campaign.  Our regressive property tax assessment system places an unfair economic burden on the taxpayers of Cook County by giving massive tax breaks to the wealthy and politically connected.  The time to end pay-to-play politics, nepotism and corruption is here and I am committed to fixing the Assessor’s office and providing a fair, equitable property tax system for all.”