Teens Grill Pritzker During Televised Forum

Andy Dahn
October 08, 2018 - 9:41 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some Chicago-area high school students got the chance to grill Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker during a televised forum Monday night.

The first question posed to Pritzker: his thoughts on the conviction of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

"Jason Van Dyke was held accountable for his actions," Pritzker told the crowd. "I hope that the family of Laquan McDonald feels a measure of justice."

Pritzker also called for Chicago's next mayor to ensure police officers are properly trained moving forward.

When asked to give Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan a letter grade, Pritzker refused to get specific.

"I'm concerned about the direction the state has been going for decades," Pritzker said. "Unfortunately, under our current governor, it's really been driven off the edge. Collectively, I give our leadership in Springfield not good grades."

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, Pritzker’s Republican opponent, was invited to Monday's forum but declined due to scheduling conflicts.

Speaking on issues outside of Illinois, Pritzker had harsh words for newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"He will overturn Roe v. Wade. I believe we need to stand up for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work, voting rights and immigrant rights. Those are all things that are under threat."

In the forum broadcast on Channel 11, the Democrat also stressed balancing Illinois' budget, creating jobs in struggling communities and lowering the tax burden for middle class residents.