Ives wants answers from Rauner on firing of general counsel
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is demanding answers – answers about what moved Gov. Bruce Rauner to suddenly terminate top attorney Dennis Murashko and have him immediately escorted from his office in the Chicago.
Since then, rumors have run rampant about what led to the split, culminating with a Capitol Fax report on its website earlier this month that alleged Murashko may have been ousted as general counsel because he dared to stand up to Rauner over his use of public resources for political work.
Capitol Fax has gone on record in reporting its assertions stem from a copy of a memo Murashko penned around the time of his firing.
“I am calling on Gov. Rauner to answer a simple question: Was Dennis Murashko fired because he told Bruce Rauner that the governor couldn’t use public resources for political work,” Ives said in a press release that came just days after she formally launched her 2018 Republican primary challenge to Rauner.
“The people of Illinois deserve to know the reason Dennis Murashko was fired,” she added. “The governor's former corporation counsel has leveled a serious charge. Misappropriation of state resources for political purposes and pressuring state employees to do political work sent two former governors to prison. Murashko's allegations demand a response from Gov. Rauner and, at minimum, an Inspector General's Office investigation."
Ives has named former Rock Island Rep. Rich Morthland as her running mate and has vowed to run on a platform of restoring “common sense” to the cash-strapped state and regaining the trust of frustrated voters.