Illinois GOP release states Pritzker 'continues to lie to Illinoisans'
Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker drew criticism this week for his personal investments in Big Oil, apparently contradicting his public statements condemning the fossil fuel industry, according to a press release from the Illinois Republican Party.
The allegations come after a Chicago Sun-Times article referenced a 10-page filing that shows Pritzker’s investment in Dakota Pipeline affiliate Energy Transfer Partners, Niagara Casino Group and ANP Gaming Corp. The article also said Pritzker invests in Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and his family co-owns the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.
The Chicago Tribune said Pritzker is a Hyatt Hotel heir with an estimated $3.4 billion personal fortune.
The Republican Party’s release quoted a speech Pritzker gave at the Sierra Club Forum, in which he said, “We've got to stand up to them (oil producers). Our endeavor must be to say no when they say it's OK if we pollute the air and make it harder to (breathe) to stand up for the profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
A link to video of the speech is available on YouTube.
“Pritzker continues to lie to Illinoisans, regardless of their party preference,” the Republican Party release said. “Pritzker's incessant hypocrisy is proof that he is the wrong choice for Illinois."