Kennedy says Pritzker used "language commonly associated with racists" in Blagojevich wiretap tape
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -
We are less than two weeks away from the March 20 primary here in Illinois, and governor candidates are scrambling to get last minute votes.
Democrat Chris Kennedy visited UAW Local 974’s hall in East Peoria Monday, where he told members he believes unions are important. He also said he will push for Illinois students to have easier pathways to choose trade schools versus traditional colleges.
Kennedy faces State Sen. Daniel Biss and billionaire businessman JB Pritzker in the Democratic primary.
When asked about a wiretapped conversation between Pritzker and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich that Gov. Rauner is focusing on in an attack ad, Kennedy had this to say.
“I think he's used language commonly associated with racists. And his excuse is, 'well, I give money to African American politicians.' And that's just offensive!" said Kennedy
Kennedy also responded to Pritzker’s attack ad, claiming he was chairman when University of Illinois board trustees voted to hike tuition rates.
He said he actually got the board to lower the tuition increases they were considering, and says he helped secure $100 million for student scholarships.