ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday opened a campaign office in the William Brown Building on South Main Street in Rockford.
Pritzker leads most polls in a tight three-person race for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.
The Chicago native says he favors a progressive income tax to reduce property taxes and to pay for schools. His platform also includes support for universal health care. But his biggest focus is on jobs.
"Under Bruce Rauner, we basically created no jobs over the last three years. Less jobs per year than were created under Pat Quinn, his predecessor. I've been creating jobs my whole life and I think that we can create tens of thousands of jobs across Northern Illinois, here in Rockford. And make sure that we're creating hundreds of thousands of jobs all across the state of Illinois," said Pritzker.
According to the latest Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Poll, Pritzker leads state senator Daniel Biss by 10 points and businessman Chris Kennedy by 14 points.
On the Republican side, Governor Rauner owns a 20 point advantage over Jeannie Ives.
The primary election will be March 20.