Cook County assessor’s official Lavdim “Deme” Memisovsk‘ charged in corruption case


Federal prosecutors in Chicago charged an official of the Cook County assessor’s office Wednesday with “corruptly” accepting home improvements, jewelry, sports tickets and other items over a three-year span to cut property assessments, resulting in lower tax bills for some property owners.

Lavdim “Deme” Memisovski was charged with conspiring with two others identified only as “individual A” and “individual B” to “corruptly accept and agree to accept” the services and items in exchange for the tax breaks between 2016 and 2018 while he was working for then-Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

Memisovski could not be reached. Nor could a spokeswoman for the assessor’s office.

The four-page criminal information filed by the U.S. attorney’s office charging Memisovski was signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet S. Bhachu, who also is prosecuting cases against former Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and Ald. Edward M. Burke.

Memisovski has worked for the assessor’s office for several years under Berrios and then Assessor Fritz Kaegi in the department that assesses and establishes property values for taxation purposes.

Listed as an “IC Valuations Group Leader III,” he also reviewed property tax appeals for commercial properties, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

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