* So, I followed up with the state party and asked for a response to Pritzker’s reported Oak Park comments…
It is almost unimaginable that after J.B. Pritzker played an inside game to slash his property taxes by over $250,000, he would oppose freezing the property taxes of middle class homeowners. He’s proving that he’s a billionaire Chicago insider who plays by a different set of rules as everyone else.
*** UPDATE *** I forgot to post this, which I retweeted yesterday…
Started asking 6 hrs ago to speak to @JBPritzker (as I did yestdy too) no word onwhen/if he will react to property tax questions #ILGov18
Pritzker’s real estate attorneys Schmidt, Salzman and Moran contributed more than $25,000 in campaign donations to Assessor Berrios. Pritzker initially said “I’m unaware of that.” But when it was pointed out that was reported Monday by WCIA TV, Pritzker added “someone brought it up for the very first time yesterday.”
You can’t say you’re unaware of something when you were specifically asked about that very same thing the day before.
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- JohnnyPyleDriver - Wednesday, May 17, 17 @ 10:30 am:
I’m already so tired of this guy. Can’t believe this is the candidate they’re going to jam down our throats. It’s like they’ve slept through the last year
This is Rauner owning your message, messaging and framing JB, and sooner or later, every day you sit idle, those ads that you are running will be reminders of the Rauner negatives trey ads so easily driving, with no resistance from y’all.
If this kind of slowness and lack of pivoting to expect from Pritzker’s Crew, they, and JB will have their lunch handed to them, and I’m sure they can guess what kind of “sandwich” they’ll be eating.
Pritzker Crew, when you’re deliberate and thoughtful, you guys are exceptionally good.
When you guys add ill-prepared and lack any semblance of a response of a well-run campaign, you fail miserably.
How can you not be prepared with your own oppo, and Why are you NOT going, and going hard, at Rauner?
Pritzker showing why most wealthy candidates have flamed out for years with Rauner and Fitzgerald being the exceptions. His response on this has been non-existent to terrible. And if this is what they started with, it makes you wonder what else is left.
Curious about the politics of this. Wouldn’t a property tax freeze stymie Madigan’s ultimate plan (it seems) to jam state pension liabilities down to local jurisdictions? Why is his candidate opposing it?
As Yogi Berra once said “It’s deja vu all over again” following the Pritzker campaign.
I am having flashbacks to the 9th Congressional District primary where Pritzker finished third in a field of three; Schakowsky won the nomination and Carroll came in second. The Big Guy spent a ton and lost handily.
Honeybear, I agree. About the time locals struggle to make ends meet some stranger will wander into City Council meetings and suggest that they can solve all that ails them with a dose of privatization. Sadly, many will buy the snake oil.
This is both bad public policy and 100% obvious. Thus it will certainly occur.
Uff da. JB and his peeps just gave Rauner a huge gift. It’s one thing to have a story about getting a tax break for yourself, but then to oppose a freeze for the little folks.
Advice: Get a message > Test message > Stay on message
- The Equalizer - Wednesday, May 17, 17 @ 11:10 am:
Good point from the GOP but an utter lack of self-awareness as well from Raunerites. It is shocking at the state Dems are forcing a billionaire down the throats (as another commenter here said) of the state party as if 2016 never happened. The utter cluelessness of the Dems can be mind boggling. But he brings the $$$$ which seems to be the sole quality needed in the era of the Hedge Fund Politician.
Am I foolish to believe that this state is beyond corrupt. The core or corruption starts with Cook County property taxes. That is where the money is and where the power and corruption starts. One needs to only follow the money from that point and then identify the “players” and mover and shakers to establish the core problems Cook County and the State of Illinois face. Look at the money going to the shadow budget for Chicago and then look at the funds not going to the pensions. Then look at the land development and investment going towards so called improvised areas like the 32 ward or South Loop. Corporations like Hyatt an others get public proceeds to make more money all while pensions go unpaid. The. The so called Democrats Claim government employees are greedy for complaining about lost health care and depleted pension funds yet these same Democrats have private businesses profiting from appealing property taxes. Finally people are done and moving out of State and waking up yet the so called Leaders of Democrats continue to make huge money off the backs of the working people.
Actually 2014 showed that Rauner has an incredibly strong chin. The oppo that hit him would have killed most candidates. What we don’t know is if Pritzker has a weak chin and if Democratic primary voters will feel different than general election voters.
LCD, I must have missed the report of Pritzker donating to Berrios. The reports I saw said it was his lawyers who donated.
Imagine, property tax appeals attorneys donating to the Cook County Assessor. What a scandal! Thanks for exposing this unseemly practice. If Andy Shaw ever decides to hang them up, you ought to be on the short list.
Lawyers donating to Berrios? That changes everything!
Anonymous, Chicago is booming. It is seeing an unprecedented reverse in its demographics. It used to be the dumping ground for the regions poor, but is not starting to add high income earners at the fastest pace of any US city. This is long overdue.
Naperville could use some more affordable rental housing.
Probably Pritzker is not up on the airwaves running TV ads about this noon night because it’s -over a year away from the general election-.
We CapFax political junkies can forget about this but this election is far, far, far away from the mindset of ordinary IL voters. And there’s decent evidence that money spent on TV ads right now has one true audience: the journalists who write the stories and their headspaces that later shape the context for the campaign.
JB should release a web ad for tuppence sometimes and email the URL to all the top political reporters in the state and it’ll have about the same effect on the general electorate, as going up on the airwaves would have.
Nobody persuadable is going to remember ads well over a year from now.
– He’s proving that he’s a billionaire Chicago insider who plays by a different set of rules as everyone else.–
I remember Brady, Dillard and Rutherford saying the same things about that other guy back in Spring 2014. Whatever happened to him?
It’s a legitimate crack at Pritzker and there’s really no good p.r. defense.
The question is whether it has legs in the primary.
In a general election against Rauner, it’s a push. Rauner has his own Rich People Problems that will be all over the Tee Vee box thanks to a Pritzker bankroll.
A Pritzker/Rauner race could be like the Battle of Kursk on the tee-vee to determine who is the nastiest .01 Percenter.
- Sense of a Goose - Wednesday, May 17, 17 @ 12:52 pm:
Honey Bear is spot on. Once local government is as broke as the state, we will see municipal bankruptcy as a great idea. We will be owned. Municipal pensions go away. Labor agreements go away. Bond holders get rich because the cost of borrowing increases exponentially. Continue the rich get richer in a grander scale.
I’m not sure if regular attacks like this on Pritker weaken him as a candidate or serve to reinforce that he is most legitimate opponent to take on Rauner and his money. Either way its starting to feel like his nomination is a bit inevitable.
I agree with Wordslinger that by the time the general rolls around these rich people problems will cancel each other out. I have no doubt it will be ugly however.
- Boone's is back - Wednesday, May 17, 17 @ 1:33 pm:
Didn’t take much for the ILGOP to rehash that canned property tax footage. If only they felt the same way about the environment.
Can’t help but appreciate the irony of the governor’s mansion now being rendered uninhabitable and therefore, Rauner evicts Ag Director Poe from the Ag Director’s house on the state fairgrounds so Rauner can have it all to himself.
Perhaps the IPI News Service can check to see if any state money is being used to update Rauner’s new digs.
The Executive Mansion was seriously neglected for years and former Governor Quinn did next to nothing to maintain the building. It was another mess left for Rauner to fix and unlike Pritzker’s property the disrepair at the Mansion was fairly well documented and reported upon in the media.
As an Illinois state owned property, I doubt that the Executive Mansion is subject to property taxation.
==The oppo that hit him would have killed most candidates.==
Not sure I agree. Quinn fumbled the ball on the nursing home thing, and everything else was, “he’s rich, he must suck!” Hind sight is 20/20, but it’s now clear that voters just aren’t willing to punish rich guys for being rich, absent some other factor.