Governor Announces Appointments


SPRINGFIELD – November 9, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed an Inspector General of the Illinois Tollway, and made judicial appointments to the Illinois Court of Claims and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board.

Currently, Karahalios is the Chief Legal Counsel and Sworn Deputy Treasurer in the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. He oversees the compliance of state statutes and county ordinances on real estate tax collection and coordinates litigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has held this position since 2007. It’s a return to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office because he previously worked there from 1998-2003 as the Chief of Staff and Sworn Chief Deputy Treasurer. Karahalios has worked in private practice, as well.

Steffen currently serves as Court of Claims Judge for the State of Illinois. He was appointed to the post in 2004. He is also the owner of Steffen Law, P.C., a law firm in Elgin which he started in 2000. Prior to his own law firm and time on the bench, Steffen served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Over the course of his eight years with Kane County, he prosecuted countless crimes and petty offenses.

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