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WHEATON – In the wake of a Cook County Inspector General report that J.B. Pritzker engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers when he sought and received $330,000 in improper tax breaks on one of his Chicago mansions, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Revenue requesting a complete and immediate evaluation of all Pritzker-owned properties to ascertain whether the tax assessments were made accurately. 

“When people like J.B. Pritzker hide their property wealth, public schools around the state are shortchanged and Illinois taxpayers are left holding the bag,” Representative Ives said. “Illinois’ education funding formula relies on a fair system to assess property statewide in order to fund K-12 education. Illinois’ working families deserve to know whether an individual who expects to be Governor has gamed the system on any of his other properties to benefit himself at the taxpayers’ expense.”  
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My Perspective: I predicted this and said so during the school funding debate. Now that state taxpayers must pay the normal cost of Chicago teacher pensions, required by the passage of SB1947 – the new school funding formula – lowering the interest rate means state taxpayers will pay even more towards Chicago teacher pensions leaving less for the classroom. In 2000, the CTPF was nearly 100% funded. Then the politicians, in concert with the union, failed to pay in for 13 years. They asked for a further reprieve from funding for 3 more years but I was able to kill that bill on the House floor in 2013. CTPF is about 50% funded with unfunded liability around $11 billion.

CHICAGO – The Illinois House Committee on Tourism has decided to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday, October 12 to review allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the nonprofit entity tasked with raising money for the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Representative Ann Williams, D-Chicago, Chairperson of the Tourism Committee, informed Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, of her decision this afternoon, hours after the October 12 hearing date was posted on the Illinois General Assembly website.

“It is imperative that we hold public hearings as soon as possible on this very important issue that has received national media attention,” Representative Ives said. “Back in the August the Foundation Board voted in a private meeting to begin the process of finding an auction house to sell off artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Public hearings are essential to get to the bottom of all the unanswered questions about how the Foundation has managed their funds and how they intend to pay off their debt.”

Representative Ives has filed legislation, House Bill 5958, to make the ALPLF subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act laws. Doing so would disclose all the Foundation’s financial records and meetings to the public.

Please call Representative Ives at (217) 558-1037 for more information. Background information concerning this matter can be found HERE.
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CHICAGO – The Illinois House Committee on Tourism will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building to review allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF), the nonprofit entity tasked with raising money for the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, announced today. 

Ives made the announcement after speaking with Representative Ann Williams, D-Chicago, Chairperson of the Tourism Committee. The Committee will also schedule a follow-up hearing in Springfield during the Fall Veto Session of the General Assembly in November.

Recent media reports have highlighted the Foundation’s massive debt and controversy surrounding the authenticity of a stovepipe hat purported to have belonged to Lincoln, which is part of the collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. 

“We will work together on a bipartisan basis to get to the bottom of this matter and provide Illinois taxpayers with the transparency and accountability they deserve,” Representative Ives said. “A lot of unanswered questions remain about how the Foundation has managed their funds and how they intend to pay off their debt.”

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
September 19, 2018


A few weeks ago I highlighted the shocking lack of transparency taking place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF).

Now, Dave McKinney with WBEZ in Chicago is reporting on two separate findings – including an FBI analysis – that there is insufficient evidence that the stovepipe hat in the Museum’s collection purported to be Abraham Lincoln’s actually belonged to him. The hat in question cost the ALPLF $6.5 million to acquire back in 2007. This is critical, because the ALPLF has already auctioned off artifacts in the museum’s collection (and are considering auctioning off more) to help pay off their massive debt – debt incurred from their own negligence and lack of accountability. 


Those responsible for this shocking lack of transparency and flagrant mismanagement of taxpayer funds should be held accountable – and the State of Illinois must act to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

This year, the FY19 state budget allocates $11 million to operate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield. The ALPLM Foundation, which operates nothing in the museum, siphons off bookstore profits and rental fees and sells unlimited admission with membership but doesn't share that with the taxpayer-funded museum.