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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces he is running for re-election in 2022

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker | Photo: Colin Boyle/My Block, My Hood, My City.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker — touting the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a success and other accomplishments — announced Monday that he will run for re-election in 2022.

Pritzker said he and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton will run for re-election to a second term, according to a released statement.

“Big news: I’m running for re-election. We’ve been through a lot, and I’ve been so proud to see Illinoisans come together during the toughest of times,” Pritzker said on Twitter, which was posted alongside a three-minute video touting his accomplishments.

The video highlighted the “strength of the state’s response” to the COVID pandemic and Pritzker’s “commitment to the people of Illinois,” a statement from him said.

“I can’t tell you what pride it gives me as Governor of the state to see the people of Illinois standing up for one another. We saw the fundamental goodness of the people of Illinois exists in Southern Illinois as it does in Central Illinois as it does in Northern Illinois,” Pritzker says in the video.

“Part of why I’m running for re-election is because I watched the heroes across our state step up and do the right thing. We had so much to accomplish and we were able to do that — together. I’m very proud of all of the people of the state of Illinois and we have so much more we can do together,” he said.

Pritzker is announcing his re-election after what he called a “successful legislative session” that included him signing a balanced budget into law.

He said that as a result, Illinois has received two credit upgrades.

Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton said it has been her “honor” to work alongside Pritzker these last few years “to move Illinois in the right direction and lift up working families.”

“From increasing the minimum wage, making historic investments in infrastructure and creating jobs, to expanding access to health care and bringing fiscal stability back to state government, we’ve made real progress for the people of Illinois,” Stratton said.

“I don’t think any of us could have predicted the challenges the last year brought for all of us, but through it all I’m proud of what a strong leader JB has been in these tough times, and I can’t wait to continue our partnership,” she added.