Political insiders are pointing to a senior aide to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas as the person who leaked a “confidential” report by county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard, a report that has thrown a big last-minute obstacle in the path of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker.
The aide: Peter Karahalios, Pappas’ general counsel and a friend and appointee of incumbent GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The report charged that Pritzker associates engaged in “a scheme to defraud” the county by yanking out toilets in Gold Coast mansion he owned and then claiming that he was owed hundreds of thousands of dollars of property-tax cuts because the building was become uninhabitable. Rauner, badly trailing in the polls, has seized on the issue with vigor, and yesterday launched a new TV ad blitz declaring, “Illinois can’t afford another governor going to jail.” […]
I’m told by multiple sources who say they are sure of their facts that the document was leaked to the Sun-Times by campaign aides to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner’s campaign spokesman and Sun-Times editor Chris Fusco both declined to comment.
That makes the question of who gave it to the Sun-Times. And I’m told by someone with direct knowledge that it was Peter Karahalios, with a second source close to the matter indicating they, too, believe that is the case.
There’s more, so go read the rest.
*** UPDATE *** Gov. Rauner was asked today about Greg’s report about how the leak may have been from one of the governor’s friends…
I have no idea, it sounds like baloney to me.
Rauner went on to ask why Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Attorney General Lisa Madigan didn’t initiate an investigation a year ago.
“Why did it take, apparently, an inspector general in the assessor’s office?” the governor asked rhetorically. “That’s not even necessarily his role.”
Um, actually, it is precisely his role.