Irvin: Corruption Thrives in Pritzker’s Illinois (Aurora IL) — For the third year in a row, Chicago was named the most corrupt city in the nation by a report from the University of Illinois at Chicago, thanks to J.B. Pritzker’s enabling of Mike Madigan’s criminal enterprise. Pritzker’s material support for Madigan, including helping fund his political operation, have blocked any path to root out corruption in Illinois.
The report utilizes data from the U.S. Department of Justice’s public corruption statistics, and focuses on the federal probe into Commonwealth Edison’s ties to former House Speaker Mike Madigan. While Madigan was indicted earlier this year, the sweeping criminal charges against him allege his criminal enterprise helped feed his own political power and financial well being. Pritzker aided and abetted Madigan by contributing $10 million to his campaign funds and by putting Madigan’s cronies into his administration. It’s a seemingly endless cycle of corruption.
“The award for ‘most corrupt city’ is clearly thanks to J.B. Pritzker’s enabling of the Madigan criminal enterprise,” said Irvin for Illinois Spokesperson Eleni Demertzis. “At any point Pritzker could have acted to root out corruption and oppose Madigan, but instead chose to collude with Madigan and told Illinoisans they should be grateful for his leadership. Pritzker is complicit in the corrupt status quo in Illinois.”
Richard Irvin is a Republican candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois.
Irvin: Corruption Thrives in Pritzker’s Illinois