Pritzker: ‘I want to create jobs in downstate Illinois and I’m going to do that’

One day ahead of being sworn as governor of the state, J.B. Pritzker said he remains committed to helping southern Illinois, and not just the Chicago area. Pritzker in November defeated Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner. Pritzker said in an interview on Sunday that one of his priorities to work out with the legislature is a capital bill . “There’s a lot of opportunity in . . . turning East St. Louis into a logistics and transportation hub, but we’ve got to make the right kind infrastructure investments to make that happen,” Pritzker said. He said with as much as 40 percent of the state population living outside of the Chicago-area, there needs to be investment across Illinois. Digital Access For Only $0.99 For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. SUBSCRIBE NOW #ReadLocal “Obviously there are many more roads across the rest of state. So we’ve got make sure we’ve got enough money to take care of those roads. When I say rest, I mean outside of Chicago,” Pritzker said “I’m very committed to creating jobs and building up infrastructure and job opportunities and businesses outside of just Cook County and the collar counties.” But how he would want to see resources divided is something he hasn’t determined yet. “I’m a guy who focuses on fairness and I also will say, downstate Illinois has often been left out or at least left behind,” Pritzker said. “I committed during the campaign I want to create jobs in downstate Illinois and […]

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