SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- J.B. Pritzker was sworn in as the 43rd governor of Illinois on Monday.
In his first speech as governor, Pritzker says the history of Illinois "leaps forward and occasionally stumbles back,” but change depends on “what we can do together.”
State leaders took notice of his inauguration.
"During his speech, he was very intentional to include everyone, all residents of Illinois," said Maurice West (D-Rockford). "He was mentioning things that would help everyone, no matter their socioeconomic status, race, faith background, or cultural background."
West and other state representatives say it will be important to ensure their constituents are represented when working with Pritzker.
"It sounds as though there may be a new day of more bipartisan working together," said Rep. John Cabello (R- Machesney Park). "If he can accomplish that, that is one good step in the right direction."
Other leaders state leaders reacted to Pritzker's inauguration via Twitter:
Congrats to Illinois' 43rd Governor, JB Pritzker, and Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton. I know they’re ready to take on the difficult issues we face, and be leaders for people in every corner of our state. I look forward to helping them succeed in every way I can.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 14, 2019
It was an honor to attend the swearing-in of the new chief executive of the State of Illinois today. I look forward to working with Gov Pritzker on the issues important to the people of Northern Illinois, and I hope he follows through on his pledge to work in a bipartisan manner.— Sen. Dave Syverson (@Sen1Dave) January 14, 2019