SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says voters trust him to clean up government, end conflicts of interest and reform campaign finance laws.
The Democrat spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday. He was fresh off a Tuesday victory over Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He says voters didn’t trust Rauner to rid government of corruption. Rauner routinely demonized Pritzker and powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago as corrupt dealmakers.
Pritzker spent $171 million of his own money to get elected.He says he will take a comprehensive look at reforming campaign finance laws. That will include considering public financing — an idea floated by Sen. Daniel Biss in the Democratic primary for governor.
The new governor will be inaugurated in January. He says he will spend his first legislative session working on a balanced budget funded in part with tax revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana.