Evanston resident Blair Garber resigned today as chair of the Illinois Lottery Control Board after he borrowed President Trump’s language to describe a predominantly black Illinois community.
Garber, the head of the Evanston Township Republican Organization, in post on Twitter Jan. 17 described East St. Louis, Illinois, as “the shithole of the universe.”
Trump on Jan. 11 triggered several days of controversy when he suggested in a meeting with Congressional leaders that the United States shouldn’t admit immigrants from Haiti, El Salvator and several African nations, which he described as “shithole countries.”
Garber’s Evanston GOP group last week endorsed Bruce Rauner in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Rauner appointed Garber to head the lottery panel in May 2016.
Garber is also the 9th Congressional District representative on the GOP State Central Committee.
A spokesman for Rauner today said, “There is no place for this kind of language in our political discourse.”