* Click here for background. From a press release…
Conservative reform gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives today called on Governor Rauner to release all emails from his office that include both his political campaign staff and his state office state after an ethics complaint against Gov. Rauner was filed by the Edgar County Watchdogs to the Office of the Executive Inspector General yesterday.
In the complaint, they cite a series of official emails leaked to their office which logically lead to the conclusion that Governor Rauner had given his campaign staff control over policy making decisions and communications from his official state government office, treating his political and state staffs as “one big team.”
The complaint states, “activities and circumstances outlined above appear to be clear evidence of violation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430 5-15 (a)-(c). They appear to reveal a governor who violated this law as he was gearing up for his re-election campaign…”
“The Edgar County Watchdogs have produced emails that suggest the Rauners were telling their state employees to do the bidding of his political consultants,” said Ives. “That’s illegal. Two governors have been sent to jail for, in part, erasing the lines between what belongs to the taxpayers and what belongs to their political operations. We should know before March 20 if Rauner is in danger of being the next governor to spend more time in prison than in office.”