Devore Statement on Pritzker’s Call for Jones’ and Hasting’s Resignations (Chicago, IL) – Governor JB Pritzker has issued a statement calling for the resignations of two Senators in response to misconduct allegations. Sen Emil Jones is accused of accepting bribes. And Senator Michael Hastings has been accused of domestic abuse.
Pritzker said in his statement, “They should answer the charges and have their day in court. But in the best interests of their constituents, these men must resign from their offices. Resigning only their leadership roles falls short of what the public should expect. I want to send a clear message to the people of Illinois: corruption and abuse have no place here.”
Tom Devore, candidate for Attorney General, issued the following statement:
“We all know what’s happening here: Governor Pritzker is calling on these men to resign only because – less than 50 days from the midterms – he needs to appear to be concerned about public corruption.
“This is clearly about optics less than 50 days out from an election. Pritzker’s trying to distance himself from the corruption that has plagued his office – including the still unresolved Thornley case (in which the Governor himself is directly implicated). Pritzker has an attorney general to run cover for him in Kwame Raoul, so no charges have been filed in that case. Additionally, there have been nine public corruption indictments during his tenure in office. And all were indicted by federal prosecutors, not the Illinois Attorney General’s office
“The fact is public corruption has hurt the people of Illinois immeasurably. We need leaders who will stand up to public corruption day-in and day-out, not just on days they need to drive a campaign narrative. JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul have failed abysmally on that front. They prioritize power over all else. Pritzker’s calls for Jones’ and Hasting’s resignations are just more of the same: Protect power at all costs. Senators are replaceable.
“To be clear, Jones and Hastings should resign… but, based on JB’s own statement, so should Governor Pritzker and AG Raoul. Corruption is corruption and it needs to be prosecuted thoroughly and indiscriminately in Illinois. Enough is enough. I am running for Attorney General to take on the opportunists and elitists who have amassed political power at the expense of everyone else in this state. I have stood up for the powerless at every decision point in private practice. I will do the same as Attorney General.
Devore Statement on Pritzker’s Call for Jones’ and Hasting’s Resignations