By CARL GREEN
Carbondale, IL – Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker picked up an important downstate Illinois endorsement recently, this one from a past candidate for governor and former Congressman Glenn Poshard, who said Pritzker understands working people and will support them.
“I was really impressed with J.B. Pritzker – not only his background and experience in job creation himself, but what he would like to do with the state of Illinois and how he would like to do it,” Poshard said.
“He stands up for working men and women. That’s one of his greatest attributes. Union wages and benefits built the middle class of America, and that’s what J.B. Pritzker understands more than anybody else in this race.”
Poshard also served as president of Southern Illinois University and state senator and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1998. He also created the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.
Poshard, now 71, served in the Illinois Senate from 1984 to 1988 and in Congress from 1989 to 1999. He ran for governor in 1998, losing narrowly to Republican George Ryan.
Poshard said Pritzker has the “head and heart” to be an effective leader in government.
“He embraces the great principles of our party, including equalizing educational opportunities for all of our children and protecting the most vulnerable among us, and that’s important to me,” Poshard said.
Pirtzker said he was proud to receive Poshard’s endorsement.
“He has served his community in so many different ways and changed the state for the better with his commitment to public service,” Pritzker said. “As an elected official, an advocate for children, and an educator, Glenn Poshard has always fought for what’s right. I’m humbled to have him as a partner in this campaign and as we continue building our grassroots, statewide movement.”