Experts worry about governor using personal money for state

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FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions during a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has spent at least $3 million of his own money for state expenses including staff raises and building renovations. Experts call the practice is troubling because money spent from private funds isn’t subject to open records laws and that it gives wealthy candidates an edge. A Pritzker spokeswoman defended the practice, saying the Democrat believes Illinoisans are worth investing in. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has spent at least $3 million of his own money for state expenses including staff raises and building renovations.  

Experts call the practice is troubling because money spent from private funds isn’t subject to open records laws and that it gives wealthy candidates an edge.

A Pritzker spokeswoman defended the practice, saying the Democrat believes Illinoisans are worth investing in.

Former Gov. Bruce Rauner also used his personal wealth in his capacity as governor, spending to help other Republican candidates and donating to private foundations for state projects.

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(This story was originally published on December 26, 2019)

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