By Lindsey Rae Vaughn
J. B. Pritzker, a Chicago native who is running for governor, visited Autumn Ridge Supportive Living Facility in Vienna on Friday, Aug. 25.
Pritzker is running as a democrat.
He held a roundtable discussion with human service providers and community partners, wanting to know how they have been impacted by the lack of a state budget and how they felt things could be improved when it comes to policies that impact organizations similar to theirs.
After the discussion, Pritzker received a tour of Autumn Ridge.
State representative Brandon Phelps was also present and expressed his support for Pritzker.
“I’ve never met a candidate with heart and passion like J.B.,” Phelps said.
“Finally, someone who cares.”
After the tour, Pritzker commented, “The budget impasse caused real damage…these are real human beings being affected.”
Pritzker also said, if elected, he wanted to rebuild human services, create thousands of jobs and provide quality childcare.
“It’s important to communicate with the people of Illinois,” he said.
Also commenting of Rauner’s decisions in office, “He’s the one creating the crisis. You need to come to the table and compromise.”
Pritzker mentioned he has a plan to expand healthcare that doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. He said he would roll out specifics of this plan in the near future.
If elected, he said some of the first issues he wanted to tackle was stabilize state government, have balanced revenue, create Southern Illinois jobs and pay for things that matter.
Pritzker made several stops in Southern Illinois and said he wants to represent the entire state.