Rauner Campaign Responds to Pritzker Paying Back Property Tax Fraud Money

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Yesterday, JB Pritzker cut a $330,000 check to try and make his “scheme to defraud” Illinois taxpayers go away. Illinoisans aren’t fooled by Pritzker’s attempt to buy his way out of his potentially criminal activity.

Rauner campaign Communications Director Will Allison released the following statement in response:

A bank robber who gives the money back is still a bank robber. Pritzker paying back the money he conned out of Illinois taxpayers is nothing less than an admission of guilt that he committed fraud.” -Will Allison, Rauner Campaign Communications Director

Take a look at NBC Chicago’s coverage of Pritzker paying back the money he forced Illinois taxpayers to pay:

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker has repaid the $330,000 dollars he received in property tax breaks after removing five toilets from one of his Gold Coast mansions, according to a spokeswoman Wednesday.

Last week, Cook County’s inspector general said in a report that Pritzker had engaged in a “scheme to defraud” in order to receive more than $330,000 in property tax breaks on his mansion’s in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

According to the spokeswoman, the check was mailed to the Cook County Treasurer’s office last week.

The confidential report from Inspector General Patrick Blanchard to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said Pritzker received that sum in property tax refunds on the mansion next to his personal residence, located at 1431 N. Astor St.

The Sept. 28 report recommended that Berrios try to recover the money from Pritzker, a billionaire venture capitalist and heir to the Hyatt hotel chain fortune.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation, our office determined that the [assessor’s office] received sworn affidavits containing false representations and placed significant reliance on the affidavits in deciding to grant a 10% vacancy factor for the property,” the report concluded, adding that the “evidence indicates that the use of these affidavits was part of a scheme for obtaining money by means of false representations.”