Thursday morning, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) held a press conference in Bloomington-Normal to address allegations surrounding Democratic gubernatorial nominee J.B. Pritzker.
The allegations are regarding the recent “toilet scandal,” in which Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Pritzker as a “tax cheat” over the removal of toilets to help obtain a property tax reduction from a Gold Coast mansion he owned.
Cook County’s inspector general said Pritzker’s wife asked a contractor to remove the mansion’s five toilets to make the home uninhabitable, so it could be reassessed at a lower value.
“We must reject J.B. Pritzker,” Sanguinetti said. “He’s willing to commit fraud in order to avoid paying his fair share. Now J.B. Pritzker has agreed to pay back those $330,000, all but admitting his guilt.”
Pritzker’s press secretary Jordan Abudayyeh provided WMBD the following statement:
“Bruce Rauner’s campaign is trying to use this politically leaked report as a desperate attack to distract from the fact that his administration is now facing a criminal probe into his fatal mismanagement of the Quincy Veterans’ Home. To be clear, the law was followed, but with just thirty odd days until the election, we should be focusing on the real issues at hand for Illinois like creating jobs, improving education, and expanding healthcare.”
Her statement is regarding the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently launching an investigation into the way the governor’s administration handled a deadly outbreak at the Quincy Illinois Veterans Home.
Congressman LaHood has written a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking to inspect the Cook County inspector general’s report and determine if there is criminal liability present.
“When you have a candidate governor that is talking about raising our taxes, someone that is worth $3.5 billion, but yet he would cheat on his taxes for $330,000, again this causes us to ask a lot of questions and people want to get to the bottom of that,” LaHood said.
Pritzker said Tuesday he will repay the $330,000.