Better Government Association accuses DuPage County chair Dan Cronin of 'currying favor' with top politicians
DOWNERS GROVE – Dan Cronin's county board administration has signed several contracts with companies connected to high-powered state lawmakers, and that has some saying the dealings are intended to warm the Republican's relationship with statehouse Democrats ahead of a run for a higher office in the future.
Since 2010, when Cronin was elected, the county has hired at least four companies that previously did little-to-no businesses with the county but have ties to powerful Democrats in Springfield, according to a Better Government Association article posted April 17.
In 2011, the county hired Mesirow Financial, a firm that employs Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's son, the article states. Other businesses hired since 2010 include Thompson Coburn LLP, a law firm that has state Senate President John Cullerton as a partner; Burke Burns & Pinelli Ltd., a law firm with state Sen. Don Harmon as a partner; and Mahoney, Silverman & Cross LLC, a law firm with Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross as a partner, according to the article.
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