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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:29 PM

Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals On Gold Coast Mans

Source: WBEZ-TV

Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned.

A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed to WBEZ that the probe, which has not been revealed publicly until now, began last October and remains active. There are no signs that criminal charges are imminent.

WBEZ has also confirmed that Illinois First Lady MK Pritzkerís personal assistant who was involved in the property tax appeal, Christine Lovely, is being represented by one of Chicagoís most high-powered lawyers. Her attorney, Reid Schar, is a former federal prosecutor who helped convict ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.

The developments demonstrate that the billionaire governor and his wife may face a serious legal threat arising from their controversial pursuit of a property tax break on a 126-year-old mansion they purchased next to their Gold Coast home.

Read more: https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/source-feds-probe-illinois-gov-jb-pritzker-first-lady-for-property-tax-appeals-on-gold-coast-mansion/afb5e34e-e7f5-4113-a110-ac8ec98bca63



How far back do you need to go to find an untainted Governor?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:39 PM

1. Who says he is tainted?

We have known about this for a long time. This is Illinois. They are either statesmen or crooks. There is little in between.

I like JB. Let's see what happens.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:45 PM

2. I Was Thinking The Same Thing

It further exposes how the super wealthy abuse the tax law for personal gain. They seem to get caught only when they decide to run for public office.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:49 PM

3. This was already known.

The Governor has no concerns.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/pritzker-federal-criminal-investigation-property-tax-assessment-toilets/

If there is a dispute, they can pay the back taxes and a fine.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:58 PM

4. Yes.

Stay our of our faces. We are good Democrats here. We deliver this state. I am proud of our Democrats, especially the ruthless ones. We need more ruthless Democrats nationwide.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:09 PM

6. Absolutely! Repukes doing what they think will be a hit job

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:05 PM

5. Gee. Another Illinois Governor under investigation? When are they ever NOT under investigation???

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Response to marble falls (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:44 PM

7. Do a little digging before you condemn him.

And look at all the good things he has done for the state in the short time he has been in office.

Let's concentrate on trump and the rest of the piggies and leave this good man alone.

Hands off our Illinois Democrats.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:47 PM

8. Who condemned him? I said "investigated". This is from Chicago papers and WBEZ ...

Get some thicker skin.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:48 PM

9. Illinois Democrats have thick skin automatically.

We defend our own. That is all.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:52 PM

10. Defend Blagojevich. Or any of these ...

https://abc7chicago.com/archive/8973798/

4 out of previous 7 Illinois governors went to prison
By ABC7 Archive
January 30, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Rod Blagojevich was governor from 2002 to 2009. He was convicted of numerous corruption charges in 2011, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. He is currently serving a 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.

Dan Walker, governor from 1973 through 1977, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges in 1987 related to his business activities after leaving office. He spent about a year and a half in federal prison.

Otto Kerner, governor from 1961 through 1968, spent three years in prison after being convicted of bribery related charges.


Or George Ryan who released at least a dozen falsely convicted death row inmates and put a moratorium on executions and then took hundreds of thousands in kick back through the driver's license department.


Investigation isn't conviction. I hope your guy is found with no need for investigation. Four out of seven of the last Illinois Governors have been jailed. That's all I'm saying and it is true and factual.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:54 PM

11. Look to your own state.

Texas?

Home of the squeaky clean?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:05 PM

12. That's right. Texas politics requires boots. Fortunately we don't give our Governors any ...

power that makes them worth corrupting, unlike, say Illinois. We had a governor jailed in the 1920's. How many has Illinois had jailed since the twenties? At least three more than Texas.

Just saying.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:18 PM

13. Okay, I am done with this.

It is getting too personal, and we are both on the same side here.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 07:47 PM

14. In Illinois we take care of the crooked Goveenors, unlike most other states

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:08 PM

15. Not arguing that. Illinois has put Governors of both parties in prison for significant amounts of...

time. A rare thing in Texas because in Texas being Governor means you are within three or four of the weakest Governor-ships in the nation. They don't have much power than to veto and call special sessions of the Lege. He's got a lot of stroke because maybe he become President or Senator. Going along with the program might payoff. But he/she really doesn't have much power.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:08 PM

16. Ohhh...an illegal tax avoidance scheme...just like Trump used on his New York property

where his documentation claimed that he made less than $500,000 that year to receive a tax break.

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