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Cover Story   Winning Combinations by Dennis Rodkin The area’s 121 top public elementary and middle schools—plus a guide to getting into the best of the best and a look at education’s shaky financial future   Real Estate 2010 by Dennis Rodkin With home values at about the same point they were eight years ago, … Read more

Joseph Berrios, Candidate for Cook County Assessor: Under the Microscope

THE INSIDER: With a background as a Democratic Party boss, a lobbyist, and a powerful commissioner of a property tax appeals board, Joseph Berrios now wants to be Cook County assessor, a role that will give him even more sway in picking winners and losers among local taxpayers. Chicago magazine’s political editor—working with the Better Government Association—argues that Berrios shines as a vivid example of the clout-infested politics for which Illinois is famous