Pritzker reportedly met by jeers at teachers union event
J.B. Pritzker must have expected a friendly audience at a question-and-answer session at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters recently.
But according to the Illinois Republican Party, instead of unwavering support from fellow Democrats, the gubernatorial hopeful was met with jeers as he tried to sell the message that he’s his own man and not affiliated with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)
“When asked about his relationship with Mike Madigan, Pritzker repeatedly dodged the question, fumbling over his inability to change the subject,” the GOP said in a press release. “His discomfort was so plain that after being challenged on the issue by moderator Mary Ann Ahern, Pritzker's non-answers were met with laughter from the crowd of Democrat activists.”
Pritzker also reportedly drew scorn when he tried to defend his alleged scheme to cut property taxes on a Chicago house he purchased next to his own home by disconnecting the plumbing, the release said. According to U.S. News & World Report, the move netted Pritzger a $230,000 break on the second home’s taxes.
“All the while, Pritzker decries the (property) assessment system as unfair and broken, but he refuses to call for the removal of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, the man who made Pritzker's 'renovation project' work,” the GOP said.