A quick Wikipedia glance can tell you much of what you need to know about the current Illinois Governor, Jay Robert Pritzker.
Anything else you may be curious about, keep reading, as I have gone down the JB rabbit hole. And let me tell you, it’s a big one.
First, let me take a moment to thank my friend over the pond, who first put an expose together on Jay Robert Pritzker that piqued my interest.
Pritzker came into office after defeating Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in 2018.
The net worth of JB Pritzker makes his foray into politics suspect.
What is a billionaire worth $3.6 billion from California doing in the cesspool of Illinois?
In case you don’t follow local news in Illinois, it has been widely reported that Pritzker sends his family to greener pastures in Florida while he hides away in his Lake Geneva, Wisconsin mansion to avoid his own tyranny.
He is also known to remove toilets from his home to avoid paying taxes.
Does this sound like an honest day’s work to you?
The story, reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, is that Pritzker directed a mansion next to his multi-million dollar home in Chicago to become uninhabitable by removing the toilets.
Then, Pritzker appealed his original property tax assessment.
The Cook County assessor reduced the home’s value from $6.25 million to about $1.1. Million.
Instead of going after Pritzker, the government is going after the Cook County assessor!
This dirty move gave Pritzker an 83% property tax reduction while stealing $330,000 per year from Illinois taxpayers.
That’s pretty common knowledge to most Chicagoans, but what he omits from the public eye are his private businesses and philanthropic giving.
JB Pritzker is a managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group.
His family has been consistently ranked at the top of Forbes richest since it’s inception.
Being born into the Pritzker family afforded JB the luxury of being part of a family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain.
Coincidentally, his Hyatt hotel- connected to McCormick place which was set up as an emergency COVID-19 site at the start of the pandemic- received federal funding.
How much federal funding did the McCormick place renovation receive, and how much went to his Hyatt hotel?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the project cost Illinois taxpayers $1.7 million per COVID-19 patient.
The total cost to taxpayers came out to $66 million.
JB is pretty savvy at figuring how to pocket political money.
As they say, the Chicago way is alive and well, especially with Pritzker in power.
His tyrannical tentacles negatively affect every Illinoisan.
Dare I say the clout surrounding him matches him in size.
Wikipedia notes that Pritzker served as chairman of ChicagoNEXT, Rahm Emanuel’s council as Mayor on Innovation and technology, and founded 1871, a non-profit digital start-up incubator.
Pritzker is noted to play a critical role in creating the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center. He’s also the co-founder of Chicago Ventures.
JB touts climate change and ‘green’ ways, however, his investments paint a different picture.
From the Sun-Times via Illinois GOP:
“Pritzker’s extensive filing — 10 pages of hundreds of stocks, mutual funds partnership and membership interests — shows a partnership interest in Energy Transfer Partners LP, a pipeline operator that constructed and is a part-owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which carries oil underground from North Dakota all the way to an oil tank farm near Patoka, Ill.
” … Pritzker also has a partnership interest in Niagara Casino Group, LP and a stock in A.N.P. Gaming Corporation. The Pritzker family has part ownership of the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Pritzker, too, invests in big oil, with stocks in Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp.”
But just last month at a Sierra Club Forum, Pritzker repeatedly proclaimed the ‘evils of fossil fuels,’ saying things like:
“We’ve got to stand up to them. Our endeavor must be to say no when they say it’s ok if we pollute the air and make it harder to breath to stand up for the profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
“This idea of profits over people we have to do away with.”
“I believe we need that clean energy technology here in Illinois… in order to get to that 100% clean energy goal.”
There’s nothing wrong with entrepreneurship, in fact, the American dream includes being able to own and run your own business. But not at the expense of scamming taxpayers.
Entrepreneurs and citizens alike should be free of government overreach. Which is such a foreign concept for JB, as an honest business owner doesn’t seek kickbacks from the government.
JB receives federal money for his private ventures- does this money comes with strings attached? Do these strings insist that he act like a good tyrant over Illinoisians, denying us freedom while stripping us of our hard-earned tax dollars?
Besides what we still don’t know about the Pritzker Group Private Capital, it’s certain Pritzker is making money off of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proof is in the pudding.
Look no further than the PCR test and the U of I SHIELD testing program to find the road to Pritzker, as JB has ties to the Covid-19 testing companies.
Illinois Policy has more:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s family investment firm, Pritzker Group, owns stakes in at least two companies creating COVID-19 tests, according to a news report. Pritzker has boasted Illinois is now testing the most residents per capita among the most populous states.
Pritzker’s private capital firm, which he co-founded with his brother Anthony in 1996, has invested in PathGroup, a clinical and molecular pathology company. Cue Health, a health care technology company, received funding from The Pritzker Group’s venture capital arm. Both companies have announced the development or plans to develop tests for COVID-19.
Pritzker has previously said he put his financial assets in a blind trust after he was elected to office, stepped down from his position at the family firm and relinquished decision-making power at the Pritzker Group. Pritzker’s brother, Anthony, is now chairman and managing partner at the firm.
“I really have been uninvolved for three years, so if there’s anything like that, I would not know about it,” Pritzker said Tuesday.
The state has not entered contracts with either company, but Cue Health has been awarded a federal testing contract worth $13 million.
The Pritzker family business and philanthropic empire spans several endeavors, most prominently the Hyatt hotel chain. Pritzker’s personal fortune has been valued at $3.4 billion.
Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider has called on the governor to divest any interest he has in the firm. “The Pritzker Group controls the companies that are making millions off the pandemic, and the Governor stands to make huge profits,” Schneider said in a statement to Fox News.
Former-Gov. Bruce Rauner faced scrutiny and criticism in 2018 after disclosing income earned from a private equity fund that had a stake in a health care provider with government contracts to service jails, prisons, and most notably, immigration detention centers. Rauner likewise argued at the time he had relinquished investment decision-making power.
Schneider is calling for transparency, adding that by placing his assets in a blind trust, Pritzker makes it difficult to determine if he or his family stand to benefit from his public policy decisions.
“Pritzker must divest and come clean,” he said.
Pritzker has yet to come clean to Illinoisians.
Is this why all Illinois Public Schools rolled out the SHEILD testing as part of their Covid protocols?
Of course, at the start of the pandemic, the state of Illinois, under the direction of Pritzker, worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and companies of Wal-Mart and Walgreens to provide testing.
Now, all Illinois schools offer SHIELD testing to students. In fact, my district wanted to mandate a “test to stay” policy using this program.
With the government now sending COVID-19 tests to all Americans, one has to wonder how much the testing companies are charging the government, and how much of that ends up back in Pritzker’s pocket.
Another tyrannical measure close to Pritzker’s heart is the masking of the young. From daycares to schools, Pritzker wants all children masked all the time.
Last summer, masks were not mandated in Illinois. In fact, school boards were given the choice on whether to mask students or not.
JB could smell the freedom and clearly needed to act swiftly. On August 5, 2021, Pritzker announced his mask mandate for schools and indoor sports regardless of vaccination status.
Pritzker has frivolously spent Illinoisians’ money throughout his tenure as Governor.
In 2019, Pritzker signed Rebuild Illinois, which cost taxpayers $45 billion to be spent in 6 years.
Did any of this money fund his personal capital investments?
Follow the money….
Pritzker is responsible for legalizing marijuana, which by July of 2020, brought in over $52 million for the state of Illinois.
Where did Pritzker spend that money?
Not on any Illinois debt except the state’s pension funds.
Clearly, Pritzker is good at spending our hard-earned money while lining his pocketbook.
Sadly, he is also good at killing babies and signing bills for minors to undergo abortions without notifying their parents.
Illinois remains one of the only states where a woman can receive a full-term abortion. Now I am not Jewish, but those that I know that are, certainly believe a baby comes at full-term, not a blob of cells. Pritzker is clearly Jewish in name only (JINO).
Hey, we have RINOs and CINOs, so why not JINOs?
What is Pritzker’s interest in murdering Illinois babies? Does he have any personal interest in Planned Parenthood?
Pritzker is also a big fan of supporting refugees and illegals, providing access to financial aid for undocumented students.
His philanthropic charity is questionable at best, evil at its worst.
Along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Irving Harris Foundation, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Pritzker Family Foundation is a founding supporter of the First Five Years Fund.
This fund, which sounds good on paper until one realizes who is behind the funding, focuses resources on early learning programs for children up to age 5.
Sounds more like research on early indoctrination programs, but I digress…
The Better Government Association criticized Pritzker’s charitable giving practices. The Illinois watchdog group says JB funneled the funds he gave to charity from offshore tax-havens.
“The result is that Pritzker’s philanthropy, and any accolades that go with it, have been bankrolled with what is essentially found money. He did little to earn the proceeds and paid no taxes on the bulk of it before giving it away”, the BGA article states.”
There is much more to dig into, and given the size of our governor, his corruption far exceeds what is seen by the naked eye.
This is only the tipping point of the iceberg.
From darkness to light, everything will be revealed before midterms, and Illinoisans, left purposely in the dark by an evil, tyrannical man, will have their justice.
Next up…Pritzker gambles with taxpayers money while having a vested interest in gambling