* Daily Herald…
Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker jumped into controversy surrounding the Illinois tollway over potential political patronage Saturday while campaigning in Lake County.
“We’ve got to make sure we rid the tollway and every agency of government of the corruption that we’ve seen from the past,” the Hyatt hotel heir said after rallying volunteers in Gurnee.
Last week, state senators held a hearing into tollway procurement policies after reports by the Daily Herald on contracts involving firms with political ties to Republicans or connections with tollway executives.
“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got rules against nepotism, rules against people handing out contracts to friends without disclosure,” Pritzker said. The governor appoints the tollway board.
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Pritzker’s tour included Highland Park, Gurnee and the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. His rival Republican Bruce Rauner has also been dropping into the suburbs, visiting an Itasca manufacturer Thursday where he took some digs at Pritzker and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan on the same subject.
“They love corruption … they have their cronies and their patronage and they hire their brother-in-law,” Rauner said.