If the Illinois budget crisis continues into next year’s election, the problem could fall on a new governor.
One of those candidates is democrat JB Pritzker.
He made a campaign stop Wednesday at Rockford’s Unitarian Universalist Church.
He also talked about some of his other ideas, such as advocating for women’s and human rights, and early childhood education for all.
Pritzker also weighed in on the budget crisis. He said Rauner needs to stop holding it hostage and trying to run the state like a business.
“There’s three components of a balanced budget: revenue, expenses, and growth,” said Pritzker. “And we’ve had no growth in the state, no job growth. There was .5% in the state last year, it’s a third of the average state in the United States.
Pritzker says Illinois is facing some very tough challenges, including the low job growth.
But, he says he has already begun to combat that through his businesses, creating over 1,000 jobs not only in Illinois but across the country.