Lucrative private business challenging property tax assessments are a keystone of corruption in Illinois.

BGA President Andy Shaw nails it in this piece.

Fear of a property tax shakedown is why many business people don’t speak up. 

The top villains are Michael Madigan, John Cullerton and Ed Burke. “Their firms have collectively won more than $114 million in property tax refunds….. That’s $114 million less for government programs in key areas like education, health, public safety, human services and transportation.”

via Three top pols steeped in ethical conflicts – Chicago Sun-Times.