GOP: Pritzker promotes himself, not area school kids
J.B. Pritzker can donate millions for his political ambitions but would rather not pay his fair share for schoolchildren, the Illinois Republican Party contended recently.
According to the Illinois Republican Party, Pritzker has put $14 million into his gubernatorial campaign despite fighting to save more than $230,000 on his property tax bill, which would have gone toward things like funding Chicago Public Schools.
He doubled his contributions, from $7 million to $14 million, in June, shortly after stirring controversy over getting a tax break on his Chicago property, the GOP said.
"Billionaire J.B. Pritzker felt the need to scam city schoolchildren and homeowners out of $230,000, but apparently has $14 million to give to his own campaign,” GOP spokesman Steven Yaffe said in a press release. “He's just another Chicago insider who works the system to benefit himself at our expense."
The Illinois GOP cited an earlier exposé from the Chicago Sun-Times that revealed that Pritzker had received substantial reductions on two property assessments following appeals. Several years after purchasing the mansion next to his primary residence, Pritzker asked have the assessment for the property reduced on the grounds that after having the toilets and kitchen removed it was uninhabitable and vacant. That appeal, as well as one on his main residence, were successful.
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