Illinois incumbent governor battles to keep job

Gov. J. B. Pritzker appears to have support in the inner cities, but less so in the suburbs near Chicago.
3:52 | 06/29/22

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YOUR TIME. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON THE SHOW. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> TO ILLINOIS NOW WHERE THE GOVERNOR RACE IS SHAPING UP TO BECOME A BATTLE OF THE BILLIONAIRES, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS. BAILEY RECEIVED AN ENDORSEMENT FROM TRUMP THIS PAST SATURDAY DURING HIS RALLY IN ILLINOIS. HE WON WITH NEARLY HALF OF THE VOTE. ALREADY, HE IS PROJECTED TO BE THE WINNER. CURRENT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR J.D., -- HE IS RUNNING FOR REELECTION AGAINST A FORMER NURSE, HOPING TO COME BECOME THE FIRST BLACK GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS. HE EASILY DEFEATED BEVERLEY MILES. JOINING US FROM HIS CAMPAIGN PARTY IN CHICAGO IS ERIC, FROM OUR PARTNER STATION. ERIC, GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. GOVERNOR IS FAVORED TO BEAT MILLS, HE IS ALREADY DONE THAT PRETTY HANDILY. WHAT IS HIS SUPPORT LIKE IN THE STATE? >> THERE IS A TENSION NOW AS IT GOES TO THE GENERAL ELECTION. IT DEPENDS ON WHERE IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS YOU ARE. GOVERNOR PRESCHOOLER STILL RELATIVELY POPULAR, RELATIVELY STRONG SUPPORT IN THE CITY. YOU HEAD OUT IN THE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO OR -- HE STARTS TO HIT SOME HEADWINDS IF YOU TALK ABOUT DOWN STORY ILLINOIS, SOUTH OF CHICAGO, THERE ARE POCKETS OF ILLINOIS WHERE HE IS HIGHLY UNPOPULAR. A LOT OF THIS IS ROOTED IN HIS DECISIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC, THE LOCKDOWNS, THE MASK MANDATES WERE THEY WERE VERY UNPOPULAR IN MODERATE TO CONSERVATIVE COMMUNITIES. THE FATHER OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO HE GETS, THE LESS POPULAR HE IS. THAT IS WHY HE MADE A POLITICAL CALCULATION SEVERAL MONTHS AGO TO POUR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, HE AND THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS, IN THAT CAMPAIGN ADS TO TRY TO PROP UP DARREN BAILEY AS THE ONE PROJECTED TO WIN THE GOP SIDE. THE GOVERNOR FEELS LIKE THAT WAS PROBABLY MONEY WELL SPENT. HE IS MAKING A CALCULATION THAT BAILEY, STATE SENATOR BAILEY, IS NOT GONNA BE AS POPULAR IN WHAT HE VIEWS AS THE BATTLEGROUND OF ILLINOIS, WHICH IS THE SUBURBAN, CHICAGO VOTERS. HE FEELS THAT BAILEY WAS FROM DOWNSTATE AS A FARMER. HE IS NOT GOING TO DO AS WELL IN THE CHICAGO SUBURBS AS SAY AMERIE MORE MODERATE CANDIDATE LIKE RICHARD HERDED, WHO EARLY ON WAS SEEN AS THE FRONT-RUNNER. BAILEY WENT FROM UNDERDOG IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TO NOW BEING THE VICTOR ON THE GIO, GOP ASIDE. >> IN RESPONSE TO THE REVERSE OF ROE V. WADE, ONE OF THE STRONGER STATES FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. WHERE DO OWNERS TRADITIONALLY STAND ON THIS? ISSUE >> IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU ARE IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. STRONG SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE IN THE STATE CITY OF CHICAGO. THE FARTHER OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO, SOME OF THE OTHER COUNTIES AND DOWNSTATE, THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE LEANING. THE GOVERNOR CALLING A SPECIAL SESSION, HE HOPES TO TAKE IN THE LEGISLATURE TO STRENGTHEN WHAT'S ARE ALREADY, AS YOU MENTIONED, VERY STRONG ABORTION RIGHTS LAWS IN ILLINOIS. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ABORTION IS LEGAL IN ILLINOIS UP UNTIL VIABILITY OF THE FETUS. THAT VIABILITY IS DETERMINED BY THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AS OPPOSED TO SOME OTHER STATES WHERE THERE IS ACTUALLY A NUMERICAL TIMELINE IN THE NUMBER OF WEEKS ASSIGNED TO THE LAW. THIS IS UP TO THE DISCRETION OF THE WOMAN'S DOCTOR. PAST VIABILITY, THE WOMAN'S HEALTH, A WOMAN'S LIFE IS AT RISK, THE MOTHER'S LIFE IS AT RISK, ABORTION IS STILL LEGAL IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. VERY MUCH A LEFTIST FOR MANY OF THE STATES IN THE COUNTRY, THE LEGISLATURE SEEKING TO STRENGTHEN WHAT IS CURRENTLY ON TH

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