SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Latest on J.B. Pritzker’s election as Illinois governor (all times local):
Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says voters trust him to clean up government, end conflicts of interest and reform campaign finance laws.
The Democrat spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday. He was fresh off a Tuesday victory over Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He says voters didn’t trust Rauner to rid government of corruption. Rauner routinely demonized Pritzker and powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago as corrupt dealmakers.
Pritzker spent $171 million of his own money to get elected. He says he will take a comprehensive look at reforming campaign finance laws. That will include considering public financing – an idea floated by Sen. Daniel Biss in the Democratic primary for governor.
The new governor will be inaugurated in January. He says he will spend his first legislative session working on a balanced budget funded in part with tax revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana.
Dissatisfaction with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s handling of the state budget crisis played a role in Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s election as governor Tuesday.
Nearly two-thirds of voters in Illinois disapproved of the Republican’s handling of a two-year budget stalemate with legislative Democrats – and about three-quarters of them voted for Pritzker.
That’s according to results from AP VoteCast. VoteCast is a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and 20,000 nonvoters conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
The one-term Republican’s labeling of Democratic candidates as corrupt machine politicians failed too. VoteCast found that 79 percent said corruption in Illinois’ government is a “major problem.” Pritzker apparently led among those who considered corruption to be a major problem, 51 percent to 41 percent.