Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker was in the Logan Square neighborhood on Friday to launch what his campaign is calling the “Illinois Workdays” series.
The effort is aimed at showing Pritzker working alongside regular people in various jobs and industries. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, is worth an estimated $3.5 billion, according to Forbes. So he might be trying to overcome campaign concerns about how well regular Illinoisans can relate to him.
On Friday, Pritzker was at the Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, video crew in tow, where he talked to the manager and workers. Proceeds from the coffee bar go to support suicide prevention and mental health education. Pritzker has spoken of the need for more state funding for mental health.
* Yep, this is actually a thing. From a Friday media advisory…
** MEDIA ADVISORY: Today at 1:45 PM **
JB Pritzker to Launch ‘Illinois Workdays’ Series at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar
JB Pritzker to launch new ‘Illinois Workdays’ series where he will work alongside Illinoisans in various jobs and industries and experience their day to day at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar in Chicago.
Friday, July 27 at 1:45 PM
Sip of Hope Coffee Bar
3039 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
* There was no mention of working with the employees in his lone tweet about the stop…
There is a photo attached to that tweet of him standing behind the counter, however.
*** UPDATE *** The Pritzker campaign says that as of now there are no plans to use this video in TV ads. They video just about everything and this is no different.