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Cook Co. Inspector General Says J.B. Pritzker Schemed to Defraud Taxpayers

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Democratic Illinois Governor candidate JB Pritzker

The inspector general for Cook County says Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker engaged in a ``scheme to defraud'' taxpayers to get $330,000 in property tax breaks on a Chicago mansion.
Patrick Blanchard's findings involved the Pritzker's removing toilets in a Gold Coast mansion to have it deemed uninhabitable. The Chicago Sun-Times first disclosed the confidential report Monday.
Blanchard says there were ``false representations'' made to the Cook County Assessor's office to get the tax breaks.

Pritzker says he will repay the money by the end of nest week.

Pritzker says the report was leaked to embarrass him ahead of next month's election. Governor Bruce Rauner campaign spokesman Will Allison says it shows ``J.B. Pritzker is a fraud.''