The election of J.B. Pritzker as governor of Illinois leaves the state with total Democratic control, including a super majority in the legislature.
Pritzker defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who faced formidable opposition from Democratic lawmakers, led by Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. Rauner’s attempts to address the state’s economic decline were characterized by a standoff that left the state without a budget for more than a year.
Farm groups in the state have had some time to prepare for dealing with a new governor, as most polls showed Rauner trailing Pritzker by double-digits in the months leading up to the election. In the final vote, Pritzker outperformed Rauner by about 55 to 38 percent, early returns indicated.
“I would like to congratulate J.B. Pritzker on his election as the 43rd governor of Illinois,” Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said in a statement. “We look forward to building a strong relationship with Governor-elect Pritzker and his team, so we can work together to ensure the growth of Illinois agriculture, a cornerstone of our state’s economy.
“In the coming weeks, we know that Governor-elect Pritzker and his team will be putting the numerous pieces in place that will make up his administration. The Illinois Farm Bureau stands ready to be a source of expertise and information for the new gubernatorial administration when it comes to issues impacting farmers and agriculture.”
Illinois Soybean Association Chairwoman Lynn Rohrscheib also said the group will work with Pritzker.
“We share Pritzker’s enthusiasm for ‘no small plans for Illinois’ and we echo those sentiments in the soybean industry,” Rohrscheib said in a statement. “To remain as the nation’s top soybean producing state, it will require partnership at all levels to champion for infrastructure improvements, market growth opportunities both domestic and abroad, and innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues. We look forward to working with the Pritzker administration in moving Illinois forward in big ways.”