Billionaire JB Pritzker was elected Tuesday as the Democratic challenger for November’s race for governor of Illinois.
Pritzker defeated Democratic candidates Bob Daiber, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Robert Marshall, and Tio Hardiman, and will now face the Republican candidate in the November 6th general election.
As a businessman, Pritzker founded Chicago’s digital startup center 1871 (named for the year of the Great Chicago Fire) and served as Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emaunel’s council on innovation and technology.
Pritzker’s political ambitions date back to 1998, in which he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 9th congressional district. Pritzker served as national co-chairman of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2008, and as a delegate to both the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He was embroiled in a controversy when he was recorded in a wiretap interview with Illinois’ then-Governor Rod Blagojevich, discussing campaign contributions and appointment to statewide office.
Pritzker ran on a campaign focused on expanding educational opportunities, a progressive income tax, and lowering the education system’s dependency on property taxes.