* Greg Hinz…
A political consultant who has played a prominent role in the Springfield battle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has abruptly lost a job promoting a candidate for a huge food concession at Midway International Airport in Madigan’s Southwest Side district.
Though no one involved wants to publicly say much about it, multiple inside sources report that Chicago-based Resolute Consulting, a firm headed by Greg Goldner, recently was dropped from its position as a media and marketing advisor to SSP America.
SSP is the lead company in a venture that’s expected to soon land a roughly $250 million deal selling food and retail items at the airport. But the deal has not yet closed, and could have problems with the city if it attracts political fire.
SSP dropped Goldner “because they saw him as a liability,” says one source familiar with the matter who asked not to be named. “SSP did not want to create any trouble now.”
Goldner, of course, runs IllinoisGO, which heavily backed Dunkin in his 68-32 Democratic primary loss. As part of that effort, the group paid for a million-dollar TV buy that included a nasty swipe at hizzoner.
Greg goes on to note the important fact that Midway Airport is in Madigan’s district and reports that the mayor’s office denied widespread rumors that Emanuel was personally involved in this.