Watch now: Governor JB Pritzker Announces Re-election Offer for 2022 | Government and politics
Governor JB Pritzker announced on Monday that he would seek a second term. This video was posted on Pritzker’s social media accounts.
Democratic governor JB Pritzker announced his eagerly awaited offer for re-election on Monday, admitting that his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the overarching theme in the 2022 race.
“When I ran for governor four years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I would end up leading the state through a pandemic,” Pritzker said in a three-minute video that focused on how he dealt with COVID- Avoided 19 issues that accompanied his re-election announcement.
Pritzker admitted that “I may not have made every decision right” in dealing with the pandemic, using emergency orders to restrict public activities. But he said he “followed science” every step of the way to protect residents.
Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Governor JB Pritzker smiles after signing a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill during a ceremony at Chicago State University on the South Side on February 22, 2021.
ASHLEE REZIN GARCIA, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES VIA AP
“Part of I’m running for re-election because I’ve watched the heroes come out across our state and do the right thing. We had so much to achieve and we did it together, ”he said. “I am very proud of everyone in the state of Illinois. And we have so much more that we can do together. “
While Pritzker’s decision was widely anticipated, particularly after he deposited $ 35 million of his own money into his campaign account in March, the governor had publicly remained silent about his re-election plans – an attempt to show that he was more concerned with the pandemic and governance than focused on politics.
People also read …
Now, with less than a year to go to the state’s newly rescheduled area code on June 28, the wealthy heir to the Hyatt fortune believes the state is advanced enough in dealing with COVID-19 to issue its first campaign message for re-election .
Pritzker, 56 and worth an estimated $ 3.5 billion according to Forbes, spent $ 171 million of his own money to defeat former Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018.
Pritzker’s campaign video takes a look at former President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s handling of the pandemic, with one announcer saying, “In Washington, science has faded into the background. But in Illinois we knew that the stakes were too high. “
Governor JB Pritzker speaks to the media at the grand opening of the K-Town Business Center on West Polk Street in Chicago on June 28th.
TERRENCE ANTONIO JAMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
The reference to Trump, which Pritzker frequently criticized, was also a subtle shot at the three announced Republican candidates for governorship – Burr Ridge businessman Gary Rabine, Senator Darren Bailey from Xenia, and former Senator Paul Schimpf from Waterloo.
All three have tried to bond with their party’s Trump supporters, criticizing Pritzker’s home-based orders and restrictions on public gatherings at both work and social occasions, as well as his mask rules during the pandemic.
Bailey has been unsuccessful on repeated attempts to legally challenge Pritzker’s authority to issue emergency ordinances regarding public regulation and business access rules during the pandemic. At some point last year, Bailey was removed from the floor of a makeshift chamber at the Illinois House for refusing to wear a mask.
Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Springfield on June 1, 2021.
JUSTIN L. FOWLER, THE STATE JOURNAL REGISTER ON AP
In addition to arguing for his handling of the pandemic, Pritzker can point to a number of legislative successes in his first term, including a major infrastructure plan, a minimum wage increase to $ 15 an hour in 2025, legalizing marijuana and one Series of initiatives including a criminal justice overhaul promoted by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
Check out the new Illinois laws that went into effect July 1st
The Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has passed 665 bills this legislature, with the vast majority awaiting the signature of Governor JB Pritzker.
But Pritzker signed 42 bills. A handful of these will go into effect on January 1, 2022, but most went into effect immediately after being signed or will go into effect this Thursday.
Here are some notable new laws in effect now or Thursday that Illinois residents should know about.
CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
With delays in the redistribution of the US census numbers caused by the pandemic, lawmakers have postponed the 2022 state primaries from March 15 to June 28. Legislation also makes Election Day a national holiday, requires that every county have at least one universal voting center and allow people to be placed on a permanent mailing list. (SB825)
Photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune
Vote by email
Some changes in voting for the 2020 general election caused by a pandemic, such as: B. Postal voting and roadside submission will now be permanent parts of future elections. (House bill 1871)
Legal redistribution of land
Since they are mandated every 10 years, lawmakers approved new county boundaries for the Illinois House and Senate. The maps drawn by the Democrats, using the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census instead of waiting for the 10-year census numbers to arrive later this year, have been challenged in court by Republicans and a few other groups. (HB2777)
Photo by Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune
Illinois Supreme Court reassignment
The seven-member Illinois Supreme Court district lines were successfully redrawn for the first time since the 1960s. (SB642)
Photo by Capitol News Illinois
No more controversial law was passed that year than House Law 3653, also known as the SAFE-T Law, which was passed during the lame duck this January. The provisions on the termination of the cash deposit and the obligation of all police officers to wear body cameras will only come into force in 2023 and 2025. But from Thursday the police must provide assistance to the injured, intervene in the event of excessive use of force and limit the use of force. It also provides stricter guidelines for decertifying officers and would allow people to file anonymous complaints about police misconduct. (HB3653)
Lenders are now prohibited from charging more than 36% of the annual interest rate on consumer loans. The average rate in Illinois before the law was signed was nearly 300%. (SB1792)
The state budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $ 10 million for a “vaccine lottery”. All Illinois residents vaccinated by July 1 will automatically be entered into the competition. It includes $ 7 million in cash prizes for vaccinated adults ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million and $ 3 million in scholarships for vaccinated teenagers. (SB2800)
Photo by Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune
COVID-19 emergency shelter
Creates guidelines for distributing more than $ 1 billion to federal stimulus funds for COVID-related housing assistance. Also creates an automatic sealing of evictions during the pandemic. (SB2877)
Victims of personal injury and wrongful death can claim interest from the defendants from the time the action is brought. There should be incentives to resolve these cases. It was supported by the trial attorneys and rejected by business groups. (SB72)
All Illinois casino applicants are now required to enter into a project employment contract when applying for a new or renewed license. (SB1360)
Compensation for crime victims
Specifies that a victim’s criminal history or criminal offense does not automatically prevent compensation for the victim or the victim’s family. Extends the applicant’s time to provide the requested information from 30 days to 45 days and provides that a final arbitration award will not exceed $ 45,000 (previously $ 27,000) for a crime committed on or after August 7, 2022 may. (HB3295)
Specifies that a contract, record, or signature cannot be denied validity or enforceability just because it is in electronic form or because an electronic record was used in its creation. Specifies that when a law requires it to be in writing, an electronic record is sufficient for the law. (SB2176)
Stay up to date on current local and national government and political issues with our newsletter.