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Gov. J.B. Pritzker holed up in a downtown Chicago office yesterday talking to political reporters one by one about the unfinished business he wants to tackle in a second term.
“Lifting up working families,” lowering taxes for the middle class, expanding child care, and the “worthy pursuit” of making college free for families earning up to the median income.
“These are all things that state government can do. And we’ve got to do it in the context of keeping our fiscal house in order,” Pritzker told Playbook of the “kitchen table” items that make Democrats swoon.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks Covid and the economy during a one-on-one with Illinois Playbook. | Screen shot
That was a theme. Pritzker more than once pointed to the work of Democrats guiding the state out of its financial morass. “Democrats in the Legislature have wanted to make sure this state is on solid fiscal footing. We’re the ones who put us in a strong fiscal position.”
Republican opponents will challenge him. They already say it was the federal government’s Covid assistance that led three credit agencies to give Illinois a boost. Pritzker seems to be banking on voters not caring how the economy will improve, as long as it does. And he will share the message with voters as he works to prop up Democrats up and down the ticket.
The other big theme is Covid. Pritzker anticipates criticism from the right,