Fritz Kaegi, left, faced Kari Steele in the June 28 Democratic primary for Cook County Assessor. (WTTW News)

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi defeated challenger Kari Steele in his bid for a second term in what was the county’s most expensive and high-profile Democratic primary contest on Tuesday.

A composite image of the candidates for Cook County assessor, incumbent Fritz Kaegi and challenger Kari Steele. (WTTW News graphic)

The candidates for Cook County assessor face off in a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum.

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 22, 2019.

The value of commercial properties increased 56% from 2018 to 2021, compared with 10% for single-family homes and small apartment buildings, according to the data released by the Cook County assessor’s office. That could result in a consequential change in how Cook County’s property tax burden is carved up. 

Newly elected MWRD President Kari Steele (center) with Finance Chairman Frank Avila and Vice President Barbara McGowan (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

New MWRD President Kari Steele is the only chemist on the organization’s nine-member board. She was re-elected in November to a second term as commissioner. 

“I work diligently every day, to protect workers, promote fiscal responsibility and transparency, and ensure we maintain a clean water environment,” writes Kari Steele. Learn more about this candidate.