Incoming Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’ll pose — as an “optimist” — that he’ll work to get rid of hyper-partisanship, balance a budget and give the middle class a break.
“Expect me to present a picture of where I believe Illinois needs to go, which is in a very different direction than it has been going over the last four years,” Pritzker told the Sun-Times .
Pritzker — who has never held an elected position — will have to prove to Illinoisans that he’ll come through on his campaign promises. Will he be the governor to fight his way to a $15 minimum wage despite resistance? Or the one who’ll legalize marijuana, fix the state’s property-tax system and help dig Illinois out of the worst financial hole it has ever seen?
He’s at least in place to get some early victories, especially with a Democratic supermajority in both the House and Senate.