Illinois Investigating Trump’s $1 Million Tax Appeal On Chicago Trump Tower
President Donald Trump’s seven-year-old appeal for a refund of at least $1 million on his Chicago tower is now under two state investigations, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The investigations center on whether a Republican state official pressured his staff to cut Trump a break on the matter and “are the result of an anonymous complaint the inspector general’s office received last fall that Mauro Glorioso, the executive director of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, pressured his staff to rule in the president’s favor, rejecting the staff’s decision to deny Trump any refund.”
Glorioso, a Republican attorney from Westchester, was appointed to the position last year by Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Though Pritzker’s office would not confirm that a complaint was filed against Glorioso, his office is also investigating the matter.
The governor’s communications director Emily Bittner told the Sun-Times: “The administration is determined to get to the bottom of what happened in this situation and will ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted. PTAB should take no action until an investigation is complete.”
She added: “In general, it would be entirely inappropriate for a legal decision on a property tax appeal to be impacted by any of the conduct alleged in this complaint, including the allegations of political motivations improperly driving the decision-making.”
No other parties involved responded to requests for comment.
Chief PTAB administrative law judge Steven Waggoner did not respond to questions about the allegation of improper conduct or the investigations but said it will be the state board and not the PTAB that issues the final decision on Trump’s appeal.
“The written decision that is ultimately issued will include the board’s findings and rationale for making its determination of the correct assessment,” he said. “The board’s decisions are then subject to administrative review.”
Trump appealed his taxes on the property in May 2012, arguing that the “$62.4 million value Cook County officials placed on the skyscraper’s hotel and retail space, much of which has never been occupied,” was too high.
Because the retail space remained empty, the property had a “negative value, so it’s no value,” the president’s attorney argued.
If he wins the appeal, Trump would be refunded at least $1 million of the $2.5 million he paid in 2012 — money that would come from Chicago Public Schools and the city of Chicago.