CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Republican Party is criticizing Democratic candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, for claiming a property tax break they say he does not deserve.
Former state Republican chairman, Pat Brady, stood outside a mansion on North Aster Place saying Pritzker is taking nearly a quarter million dollars in tax breaks for a property the billionaire bought next to his multimillion-dollar home.READ MORE: State Police Investigate Shooting On Kennedy Expressway Feeder Ramp
Brady said Pritzker did it by having the smaller home declared uninhabitable, which is being reported by the Sun Times.READ MORE: Motorcyclist Dies In Southwest Side Road Rage Incident
“In this whole campaign, he says it’s big ideas and big talk, and I think it’s a big con job,” Brady said. “And I do think it’s rigged. Do you really think this property is uninhabitable? Do you think I couldn’t walk in there and make a case that this property’s habitable. I bet you I could.”
A spokeswoman for Pritzker says he, like 50,000 other property owners, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, appealed his property tax assessment. And she notes Rauner appealed for his Randolph Street penthouse, a condo and three parking spots.MORE NEWS: 8-Year-Old Accidentally Discharges Gun, Wounds 11-Year-Old In Bronzeville
A Rauner spokesperson says a homeowners association appealed the taxes for the governor’s downtown Chicago condo. Rauner has never sought any tax concessions on the eight other homes he owns, the spokesperson says.