Morning Spin: Former Illinois governor candidate Daniel Biss to get job with Democratic group

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State Sen. Daniel Biss, the runner-up to J.B. Pritzker in the March Democratic primary for governor, is becoming executive director of the group Rust Belt Rising, a Democratic group formed after the 2016 presidential election to train young candidates on economic issues.

“The goal is to bring the Democratic Party back to its roots as the party of working families who have been left behind by a system rigged in favor of the top 1 percent,” Biss wrote supporters in an email. His term as a state lawmaker from Evanston ends in January.

“As we hopefully head toward a blue wave election this November, it’s become clearer than ever that in a world with terrifying consolidation of wealth, power and privilege in the hands of a very few, the path to success is to focus on an agenda and message that unites the many who have been left behind around a bold vision of the just society we can build together,” he said.

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September 18, 2018 at 05:08AM

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