News media praised for following Pritzker mansion 'con job'
The lllinois Republican Party is applauding local media outlets in Chicago for picking up a story first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times about J.B. Prtizker, the billionaire Democratic candidate for governor, and his $230,000 in tax breaks for a mansion he called "uninhabitable."
Pritzker made the claim in a 2015 property tax appeal, garnering himself a break on that year’s taxes and refunds for the previous three years.
Former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady rebuked Pritzker in a press conference outside of the home, displaying enlarged images of the interior of the mansion from its 2007 listing that appeared to make it look nearly pristine.
CBS Chicago and ABC 7 Chicago covered the press conference and Brady’s criticism of Prtizker, who has advocated increased taxes throughout the state while working to keep his own bills down. The story has also been covered by WLS-AM and Crain’s Chicago Business, which noted the connections between Pritzker, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
Brady’s conference earned national exposure from the Associated Press, which quoted him calling Pritzker's appeals a “con job.”
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