After Democrat J.B. Pritzker won in 2018, he and Illinois voters began to reckon with the complexities of a billionaire being governor. For someone with Pritzker’s level of wealth, conflicts of interest might abound.

Pritzker’s predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, provided a case study of how not to deal with that matter. Not quite a billionaire, but hyper-wealthy in his own right, Rauner had established what he referred to as a “blind trust.”

It wasn’t blind. It wasn’t a trust. And that was just for starters.

Blind trusts are intended to insulate public officials from conflicts of interest arising from their investment portfolios. The person establishing the trust is legally blocked from any knowledge of the trustee’s investment decisions, and must have no other business or personal relation to the trustee.

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David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy.