Cook County Corruption: Construction Company Caught Bribing Cook County Official

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

March 28, 2023

CHICAGO – The owner of a Chicago area construction company has been charged with bribing an employee of the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

Nitchoff has been charged by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, with one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official, and two counts of using a facility in interstate commerce in order to facilitate the acts of bribery.

According to federal prosecutors, Alex Nitchoff, 56, of Lemont, IL, allegedly conspired with other individuals both known and unknown to bribe Cook County Assessor’s Office employee Lavdim Memisovski approximately from 2016 to June 2019

Memisovki, functioning as a commercial group leader, allegedly assessed property values for Cook County commercial properties and reviewed property tax appeals for commercial properties.  This led Nitchoff, along with other individuals, to provide Memisovski with home improvement materials, home improvement services, contracts for electrical work, jewelry, meals, sporting events tickets, and other items of value, to influence Memisovski.  

In return, Memisovski allegedly ensured that appeals of property assessments related to Nitchoff and his business associates were routed to himself so that he could extend deadlines for the filing of appeals and reduce assessed property values.