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Illinois Republicans: J.B. Pritzker and former governor Blagojevich used pay to play tactics, according to Chicago Tribune report

CHICAGO (Heartland Newsfeed) — In a press release released today from the Illinois Republican Party, party spokesman Aaron DeGroot reveals a bombshell Chicago Tribune report regarding Democratic Party gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker’s close ties to disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich, revealing that Pritzker was involved in another pay-to-play scandal which involved the former governor. This was a follow-up to a previous bombshell report which was written in May.

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The report reveals that Pritzker and his wife wrote a campaign check in the amount of $100,000 toward Blagojevich’s re-election campaign on October 27, 2006 and on October 31, Blagojevich announces that a $1 million state grant was being awarded to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, where Pritzker served as the organization’s chief fundraiser at the time.

Public records regarding campaign finances reveal that J.B. Pritzker was Blagojevich’s fourth largest donor and was in turn awarded for his generosity, despite being in a time where many people were distancing themselves from the governor.

“J.B. Pritzker is just another corrupt insider who tries to buy influence and power. First, we learned from FBI wiretap tapes that Pritzker considered buying his way into public office by seeking an appointment to the Treasurer’s office from Rod Blagojevich,” said DeGroot. “Now, we learn Pritzker gave Blagojevich a $100,000 campaign check in return for a $1 million state grant. Illinoisans should be worried about what Pritzker will do if he’s allowed to buy the governor’s office.”

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- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed and general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks. He is an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress in Nokomis, IL. He currently serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, as deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman and co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus. He has also been politically active since 2015, having run for city council, state representative, school board and is currently running for state senator for the 2018 election season.

Illinois Republicans: J.B. Pritzker and former governor Blagojevich used pay to play tactics, according to Chicago Tribune report