The former head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed a lawsuit Monday against White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson, claiming they conspired to fire her two years ago to stop her reforms at the public agency.
Perri Irmer, the agency's former executive director, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It claims Reinsdorf and Thompson ''sought to silence Perri Irmer and to stifle her efforts to protect Illinois taxpayers from Reinsdorf's greed.''
Reinsdorf pressured Thompson to remove her when the former governor was chairman of the agency, according to the complaint, which alleges Reinsdorf opposed Irmer because she succeeded in getting the White Sox to pay the agency $1.2 million in yearly rent for the use of U.S. Cellular Field.
Thompson and a Reinsdorf spokesman denied the lawsuit's claims, with Thompson calling the suit a ''self-serving tirade.''
Irmer's lawsuit, which seeks unspecified financial damages to cover her l...