A lawyer representing the campaign organization of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has asked a federal judge to block lawyers for a group of former African-American and Latino Pritzker campaign workers from questioning the governor under oath, amid an ongoing court fight over the campaign workers’ claims the Pritzker campaign discriminated against them.
The lawyers also asked the judge to also limit the ability of the plaintiffs’ lawyers to question Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton under oath. On Jan. 15, attorney William B. Stafford, of the firm of Perkins Coie LLP, of Seattle, filed a motion in Chicago federal court seeking protection for Gov. Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Stratton against the plaintiffs’ attempt to make Illinois’ two chief executives sit for depositions.
The campaign workers filed suit in late 2018, days before Pritzker, a Democrat, was poised to score a lopsided win over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois governor.
Attorneys Shay T. Allen and Jeanette Samuels, both of Chicago, are representing the plaintiffs in the action.