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In a world of constant change, it’s a relief to know that some traditions continue. In Illinois, Democratic governor J.B. Pritzker will keep alive the tradition of federal criminal investigations, a tradition with a rich history of housing some of Pritzker’s predecessors in Club Fed for their retirement. Chicago radio station WBEZ broke the news this morning of a probe into tax claims by Pritzker and his family over a family mansion rendered uninhabitable by disabling all its toilets:
Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned.
A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed to WBEZ that the probe, which has not been revealed publicly until now, began last October and remains active. There are no signs that criminal charges are imminent.
WBEZ has also confirmed that Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker’s personal assistant who was involved in the property tax appeal, Christine Lovely, is being represented by one of Chicago’s most high-powered lawyers. Her attorney, Reid Schar, is a former federal prosecutor who helped convict ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.
The issue of the tax claims for the “uninhabitable” mansion came up in last year’s election campaign. In May 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times exposed the machinations that saved Pritzker and his family a fortune, even though Pritzker hardly needs the help:
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