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Pritzker combines Cook County nod with endorsements from 23 Dem county chairs

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

* Interesting how they’re trying to de-emphasize the Cook endorsement…

Today, JB Pritzker was endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and 23 Democratic county chairs from across the state. The chairs represent every region of the state, showing support from the Northern, Western, Central, Metro East, and Southern regions of Illinois.

The county chairs supporting JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton’s statewide campaign include the chairs of Adams, Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Greene, Hamilton, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Kane, Macon, Massac, McLean, Menard, Richland, Saline, Sangamon, Shelby, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, and Williamson counties.

“Today, I’m proud to receive the endorsement of Democrats from Cook County and county chairs from across the state,” said JB Pritzker. “As governor, I will stand with Illinois working families as we fight for our shared Democratic values. It is time for Democrats to unite against Bruce Rauner. After holding the state budget hostage for over two years, this failed governor has proven that the damage is done and that he is unfit to lead our state. Juliana and I are proud to be running a statewide, grassroots campaign that will defeat Rauner in 2018 and support candidates up and down the ticket. We look forward to meeting Illinoisans in every county and getting our state back on track.”

“After more than two years of destruction to Illinois caused by Bruce Rauner’s ideological war on the middle class, Democrats must nominate a candidate in 2018 who will put the interests of working families first,” said Calhoun County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Herkert. “JB is best suited to not only defeat Bruce Rauner, but to reverse the severe damage he has caused our state.”

“The 2018 elections will be crucial for Illinois’ middle class families,” said Adams County Democratic Party Chairman Keith Neiwohner. “It is vital that voters elect to the office of governor a person possessing the qualities of independence, integrity, and honesty to oversee the state government. With so much at stake, the Democratic Party must have candidates with strong records of fighting for the middle class. JB’s candidacy will be an asset to all families in Illinois.”

“Governor Rauner’s anti-working class agenda has devastated communities across Illinois, and has been particularly harmful to the men and women of Sangamon County,” said Sangamon County Democratic Party Chairman Doris Turner. “I believe that because of JB’s experience and vision he is the best person to serve as the next governor of Illinois, and I believe that JB’s supporters and his organization make him the candidate who can beat Bruce Rauner in the upcoming general election. I look forward to working with JB to fight for working-class, Democratic values, and I am fully committed to helping elect JB Pritzker to be Illinois’ next governor.”

No statement from Chairman Berrios? Hmm.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    Chairman Who? lol.

    I think Pritzker will treat Berrios much the same that Governor Rauner treats President Trump. Both parties have leaders that aren’t necessarily the most upstanding exemplars of honesty and integrity.

    So Pritzker has Berrios and Madigan and Rauner has Trump. I’d call it a wash.

  2. - Responsa - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    Wow. That was a surprise. Congrats, JB.

  3. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    JB shutting the door on his primary contenders. It’s what you do to get the nomination.

  4. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 1:58 pm:

    This race will likely come down to who can get the Black vote between Kennedy & Pritzker.

  5. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 2:01 pm:

    Here’s the slated candidates for Countywide Judge

  6. - Real - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 2:02 pm:

    I like Pritzker and he will most likely get my vote, but I think he should not have self funded the primary. Instead he should have raised money for the primary through donations and self funded the general. That way he gets more respect from voters and shows a difference between him and Bruce.

  7. - Seats - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    Real - I like that the full thing is self funded. Eases concerns that he “owes” anyone a favor.

  8. - Loop Lady - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    Berrios in the penultimate fight for his political life…Joe gonna be quiet…

  9. - Come on man - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 3:07 pm:

    Anyone know what the vote was?

  10. - Opps wrong county - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    Union County Democrats did not endorse Pritzker. Our bylaws state that we cannot endorse anyone in the primaries. It should have read Wayne County.

  11. - Oneman - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 3:49 pm:

    I like Pritzker and he will most likely get my vote, but I think he should not have self funded the primary. Instead he should have raised money for the primary through donations and self funded the general. That way he gets more respect from voters and shows a difference between him and Bruce.

    I would say with confidence the general election voter either of them is going to have to convince can care less about how they funded his campaign. I think that is also true of the Democratic primary (but not as confidently)

  12. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    We’ll see who files.

    If all those in the field now file, JB is in great shape for a fractured primary, with his money and his organization support.

    If there’s only one other candidate — the Anti-JB — could be a real race.

  13. - Real - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 4:19 pm:


    It would be up to Pritzker who he accepts a donation from. Also, I am referring to small grass roots donations from voters and mostly.


    By running a fair primamry without his millions he would earn respect and votes from people on that alone. It would also signal that he is not out to buy the office.

  14. - lake county democrat - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    I doubt there will be a single anti-JB, largely because Biss isn’t really anti-MM.

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