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Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker called on two state senators, also Democrats, to resign Thursday amid bribery charges and domestic abuse allegations.
Democratic state senators Emil Jones III and Michael Hastings resigned from their party leadership positions earlier this week following the allegations, but Prtizker argues that’s not enough. Jones faces bribery charges, while Hastings faces accusations of violent domestic abuse by his estranged wife.
“Senator Jones is accused of taking bribes. And Senator Hastings is accused of abusing women. They should answer the charges and appear in court. But in the best interest of their constituents, these men should resign from office,” Pritzker said. he said in a statement on Thursday.
“Just relinquishing your leadership roles falls short of what the public should expect. I want to send a clear message to the people of Illinois: Corruption and abuse have no place here,” he added.
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Jones and Hastings deny the allegations against them. Two other women have accused Hastings of misconduct in recent years. An environmental lobbyist says Hastings “bullied” her during negotiations, and her former chief of staff sued him for racial and gender discrimination last year, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Both men are up for re-election in November. Hastings stepped down from his leadership role in August, while Jones stepped down from his on Wednesday.
Pritzker’s move comes days after he faced accusations of hypocrisy by a Republican mayor after state officials sent 90 immigrants to Elk Grove Village without warning.
Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says Pritzker’s office warned the city about incoming immigrants just hours before they arrived at a hotel. Johnson complained and demanded to know if the immigrants had had background checks or health screenings. Pritzker’s office declined to respond, instead issuing a statement suggesting the city was xenophobic.
“The state has a prior relationship with the hotel used in the suburbs, and their staff have done an amazing job receiving refugees and asylum seekers before, so it’s interesting that local officials choose this specific instance to complain to. the press on this specific topic”. group of asylum seekers consisting of about 30 families. Governor Pritzker has made it clear that Illinois is [a] Welcoming state, and xenophobia has no place here,” said Pritzker press secretary Jordan Abudayyeh.
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Since then, Johnson has demanded an apology from the governor’s office.
“We don’t play those insignificant games. But insulting us, that we’re being racist or that we’re being indifferent, that’s insulting,” Johnson said. “The governor owes our community an apology, and I’ll be waiting to hear that.”
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