Jon Zahm has been doing a significant amout of research on GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. His most recent revelation is about Rauner's running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti and her slip-and-fall lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Sanguinetti fell at the College Avenue Train Station in Wheaton, Illinois and subsequently sued the City of Wheaton, DuPage County, METRA, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation, and the DuPage County Department of Transportation.
She demanded $50,000 each from the City of Wheaton and METRA, and unspecified damages from the other four.
As Zahm notes: "These are mostly taxpayer funded entities. When they are sued, the cost of government services rise to pay off the settlements and costs of litigation, and to cover the costs of increased insurance premiums. So what did these entities do to Evelyn to receive the wrath of her six count lawsuit?"
According to Sanguinetti's Chicago lawyer Ronald Stearney, Jr.:
“Allowed and permitted said sidewalk where pedestrians walked and frequently and necessarily used to enter and exit the College Avenue Train Station to remain, when said Defendant knew or should have known that said sidewalk caused an unnatural accumulation of water, snow, ice or other dangerous substances, which in turn posed a dangerous condition, especially to the Plaintiff Evelyn R. Sanguinetti.”
The Rauner campaign responded to Rich Miller's queries about the suit, saying:
Evelyn was not after a “big payday.” The case was settled and Evelyn gave the net proceeds to Operation Support Our Troops. She was subsequently elected to an at-large position on Wheaton City Council.
But as Miller notes, "She sued two entities for at least 50 large each. In my book, that’s a big payday. And whatever she did with the proceeds makes no difference. If she didn’t need the money, why get all those lawyers involved?"