'I Will Be in Charge,' Pritzker Says as Senators Endorse Him

JB Pritzker picked up a couple of key endorsements in his race to be Illinois governor, as Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth lent him their support. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has more. 

(Published Friday, Dec. 8, 2017)

Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker picked up two huge endorsements on Friday, as Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both added their support to his campaign.

"I will be in charge," Pritzker said at the campaign event. "I won't standby mealy-mouthed."

Pritzker, considered one of the frontrunners for the Democratic nomination to take on incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner, held an event Friday afternoon to announce the endorsements, which are the biggest ones he’s added to his campaign during the primary season.

Durbin who has received $25,000 in contributions from Pritzker addressed concerns that the candidate's support in the past had influenced his decision to endorse him.

"I value every donation, but we raise a lot of money to run for public office, and any individual isn't buying my endorsement," he said.

The money question also once again raised concerns about Pritzker's tax returns. The candidate defended himself, saying that he had released three years worth of returns, but fellow candidate Daniel Biss said that it wasn't enough.

"It's embarrassing," he said. "If you're listening JB Pritzker, release your tax returns. The people deserve to know."

"I think it's important that we remove Governor Rauner from office, but we have some housekeeping in our own party to do as well," candidate Chris Kennedy said.

The Illinois primary is scheduled for March 20, 2018.

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