ICYMI: Pritzker’s character seen as fair game in new TV ad opposing his tax plan

By Ideas Illinois

ICYMI: Pritzker’s character seen as fair game in new TV ad opposing his tax plan

Chicago Sun-Times: Pritzker’s character seen as fair game in new TV ad opposing his tax plan

Ideas Illinois today launched a new TV ad - “Unfair”– highlighting Governor Pritzker’s federal investigation for dodging taxes while calling on Illinoisans to pay more in the form of his Unfair Jobs Tax.


“This is about trust and fairness and we simply cannot trust a governor under federal investigation for dodging his own taxes, while he prepares to sock middle class families with his own unfair jobs tax,” Jason Heffley, Executive Director of Ideas Illinois said.

More from the Sun-Times:


With just three weeks to go before the Illinois General Assembly adjourns, Ideas Illinois fired off a six-figure media blitz — with a TV ad to run in Springfield on broadcast and cable TV until the end of the legislative session — to try to thwart the Illinois House from passing Pritzker’s preferred graduated income tax plan. The buy also includes digital ads in Chicago, and more mailers and digital ads in six targeted districts… 

…The Chicago Sun-Times reported last year that Pritzker bought the historic mansion next door to his home, let it fall into disrepair — and then argued it was “uninhabitable” to win nearly $230,000 in property tax breaks. And WBEZ last month reported Pritzker, his wife and brother-in-law are under federal investigation for the tax break in a probe that began in October.

The toilets had been disconnected, and the home had “no functioning bathrooms or kitchen,” according to documents Pritzker’s lawyers filed with Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

A Sept. 28 inspector general’s report found that Pritzker actually saved $331,432.03. Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard wrote in the report — obtained by the Sun-Times — that the assessor’s office was “the victim of sworn affidavits containing false representations.”

Read the full article here.

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Evan Walker