Pritzker panel looking into gubernatorial run
Billionaire JB Pritzker has raised the stakes in the Illinois governor's race, establishing a panel to look into a possible run to oust Gov. Bruce Rauner.
A Democrat, Pritzker filed paperwork with the state this week for his Chicago-based JB for Governor Exploratory Committee, which he described as exploratory. He listed Lee Rosenberg of Chicago as both chairman and treasurer, and Megan Brengarth of Washington as administrator.
Rosenberg, an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, currently serves as Pritzker’s chief of staff at The Pritzker Group, the candidate’s private investment firm.
Brengarth is a federal campaign finance compliance consultant and a principal at the Washington-based Mele, Brengarth & Associates, a consulting firm. Capitol Fax recently referred to Brengarth as a “long-time Madigan insider.”
Additionally, Pritzker named Northern Trust, at 50 South La Salle Street in Chicago, as the financial institution serving as his primary repository of campaign funds.
A candidates typically must furnish contingency plans in the event that his committee is terminated, and Pritzker indicated that should his organization be dissolved, contributors would have their investments returned.
The document was signed by Rosenberg as chairman and treasurer.
Last week, the Sangamon Sun published an exclusive first report on learning that U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) also filed to start a campaign committee.