Pritzker accused of throwing low, middle class under the bus
The Illinois Republican Party slammed J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat vying to become governor, for what they called an inadequate response to a report condemning the performance of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
The Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois recently published another report in their series on property taxes in Cook County. The recent report focuses on commercial assessments, and found that under Berrios’ leadership, the Cook County Assessor’s Office has failed to adequately reassess high value properties at the expense of small business owners.
Mary Ann Ahern of NBC reported in a tweet that Pritzker said he is not here to score political points by attacking other Democrats and that the decision as to whether Berrios will serve another term should fall to voters. (Berrios is also chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.)
"J.B. Pritzker is willing to throw the middle class and those in low-income neighborhoods under the bus just so he doesn't make Joe Berrios and (House Speaker) Mike Madigan angry,” Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in a statement. “His statement ... is a sad response to a scathing report indicting the corruption at the highest levels in Cook County. The next time J.B. Pritzker says he's working to help the middle class, no one should believe him."