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Because it would require them to pick up a phone and call the property appraisers' office so they could source the story. Doesn't fit their agenda which is to smear him every chance they get. Just like the non-story about his office redecoration which EVERY CONGRESSMAN AND SENATOR DOES!!!!
Property assessment in Illinois is done by sales and, for new construction, by fjilings by the contractor. As somebody already pointed out all residential property is assessed at 1/3 value. But what's facts when you can chose to be ignorant. Let's get the facts straight (as opposed to this terribly jump-to-conclusion article on huffington post -
I thought it was campaign law that you either had to reimburse donors for airplane rides or count it as a donation. Just compare this to what the Clintons are doing with foreign money and $7M in yearly travel from their "charitable" foundation. So what exactly is wrong with him paying for the airplane rides?
"Even though office expenses are often covered by the Member Representational Allowance, the Congressman believed it appropriate to pay these costs himself as part of the office review process." In layman terms " I got caught wasting taxpayers money, and I should probably rectify the situation before the pitchforks come out"