Sunday, November 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker inside of his Maywood campaign offices on Nov. 17. | Facebook/Sara Lira
Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker was in Maywood on Nov. 17 to open a campaign office at 901B S. 5th Ave. Pritzker was welcomed by Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Proviso Township Democratic Party Chairperson Karen Yarbrough, who is also running for Cook County Clerk.
During his comments, Pritzker honed in President Donald Trump and connected the president’s agenda to his fellow Republican, Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“I decided to run for governor because everything we care about is under siege by a racist, misogynist, xenophobic president in Donald Trump and his local partner, Gov. Bruce Rauner and we need to fight,” Pritzker said.
The billionaire businessman blasted what he called the Republican Party’s voter suppression tactics that were employed in last year’s presidential election, saying that the Democratic Party should be mindful of voter suppression during the November 2018 election.
“You know they’re going to do the same things here in Illinois that they did last year in the presidential election,” Pritzker said. “They brought out voter suppression tactics in 2016, which is one of the reasons we lost. Our voters didn’t show up. And they’re going to use the tools of the Republican Party in Illinois to keep us from winning.”
Prtizker called for restoring the Democratic Party’s “communications infrastructure and the basic structure of get out the vote that we’ve traditionally always have had as Democrats.”
JB Pritzker, right, with Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough. | Facebook/Karen Yarbrough
Pritzker touted his bona fides he said he earned during the last presidential election, during which Trump defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College while losing the popular vote.
“I phone banked, I gave money, I raised money,” Pritzker said. “I was on national TV calling Trump what he is: a racist.”
Pritzker also lambasted Rauner’s job performance, noting that Illinois, under the incumbent governor, has had slow job growth of less than 1 percent. Pritzker said that his first priority as governor would be to “create jobs, raise wages and put Springfield back on the side of working families.”
Specific policies the businessman touted include a progressive income tax that he said would fund public schools and the implementation of Illinois Cares, his proposed healthcare program that would allow residents the opportunity to buy low-cost health insurance through a public option at the state level.
“It won’t be easy, but we’re going to do it,” Pritzker said of the plan. “Illinois Cares begins the process of expanding healthcare. So, no matter if they take away Obamacare or not, we can implement Illinois Cares here in Illinois and make sure we’re moving towards universal healthcare.”
Pritzker, who is running with state Rep. Juliana Stratton, is considered by many political analysts to be the front-runner in the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial primary.
Other Democratic candidates include state businessman Chris Kennedy, Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston, downstate school superintendent Bob Daiber and community activist Tio Hardiman. VFP