As he is dogged by questions about his travels, his finances, and even his decorating, Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock and his staff are taking a simple approach to the inquiries – they’re ignoring them.
Schock’s staff has refused to respond to, or even acknowledge, days of repeated inquiries from NBC5 Investigates, about an entity known as Menards Peoria LLC, which was organized last April.
Incorporation papers filed with the Illinois Secretary of State list Schock as the “manager” of the company, which is headquartered in his Peoria home.
In those documents, the company’s purpose is listed simply as, “The transaction of any or all lawful business for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under this act.”
Repeated calls to Schock’s Capitol office, and each of his district offices in Springfield, Peoria, and Jacksonville, yielded no answers. Staffers refused to divulge the Peoria Republican’s public schedule, referring all inquiries to his press spokesman, who did not reply to calls or emails seeking information.
There is a Menards home improvement store in Peoria. The manager there told NBC5 Schock is not affiliated with their store. A representative at the corporate office echoed those sentiments, regarding Menards Peoria LLC, the company for which the congressman is listed as manager.
“We have never heard of it, and have no connection to it,” he said. “And would be most curious to see if this is a misuse of our name, or just a coincidence.”