Pritzker to run for re-election as Illinois governor

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has made it official: He’s running for re-election in 2022. 

Pritzker made the announcement on social media, sharing a three-minute video highlighting his role leading the state during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In Illinois, we knew the stakes were too high,” the narrator says, interspersed with video of Pritzker, and TV clips about the state’s efforts to secure PPE, provide childcare for workers, and financial support for small businesses.

“Strong leadership helped get us to the other side of this crisis, and helped bring us together as one Illinois,” the narrator says. The video then cuts to testimonials from a nurse, a physician assistant member of the National Guard, Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows and others.

There was little doubt Pritkzer, a Democrat, would run for a second term. He gave his campaign $35 million of his personal fortune back in March, in part to fend off “false and misleading attacks if necessary.”

Campaign finance records show he’s already spending heavily on that re-election effort. In the last quarter alone, the governor has spent more than $950,000 on media buys, $600,000 on legal services, and more than $100,000 on research consultants.

Four Republicans are in the race to take on Pritzker in November 2022: state Sen. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, former state Sen. Paul Schimpf and Christopher Roper, a downstate resident. Pritzker also faces one challenger for the Democratic primary, West Side activist Beverly Miles. The primary is not until next June.

via Crain’s Chicago Business

July 19, 2021 at 02:51PM

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