Central Illinois on Priztker's radar

Central Illinois on Priztker's radar

For decades, those of us who call central Illinois home have been treated as second-class Illinoisans by politicians. Our infrastructure has been allowed to crumble, our schools have been defunded and our agricultural and job sectors forgotten.

But Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker has said, "No more." And this is why he has won my vote.

J.B.'s words are backed by actions. He has visited Champaign-Urbana six times in recent months. He has opened six campaign offices in the central Illinois area. J.B. has marched in our parades, stood with unions, fought for women's rights and our LGBTQ community.

But more than that, J.B. has put forward real plans to protect and grow our agriculture sector. He has vowed to put his experience with job creation to use and bring new trade and technology jobs to our cities. J.B. has a proven track record of fighting for education and has comprehensive plans to fund our schools and make our education system equitable.

On top of that, J.B. has been endorsed by dozens of unions such as the AFL-CIO, AFFI, IFT and many more. They stand with J.B. because J.B. has a long record of fighting for hardworking middle-class families.

J.B. has won the support of champions like Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Susanna Mendoza, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, state Treasurer Mike Frerichs and many more.

I understand, like many others, that when J.B. says, "When I'm governor, central Illinois will have a partner in me," he means it.

Vote for J.B. on March 20.

JOSH MELLODY-PIZZATO

Champaign