Governor of Illinois
Gov. JB Pritzker was sworn in as the 43rd Governor of Illinois on January 14, 2019. Since then, Gov. Pritzker has been working every day to put Illinois’ government back on the side of working families.
Gov. Pritzker has delivered on his promises for the people of Illinois — increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, launching the largest infrastructure project in Illinois history, making college more affordable, expanding early childhood education, and legalizing and decriminalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric law in the country. In his first term, Gov. Pritzker passed a bipartisan balanced budget and finally began to pay down Illinois’ debts, saving taxpayers money. His administration has restored funding for education and mental health and social services, expanded health care coverage to 129,000 more Illinoisans, enshrined reproductive rights into law, and advanced equal pay for women.
When COVID-19 struck Illinois, Gov. Pritzker demonstrated national leadership, acting swiftly to protect the health and safety of Illinoisans and standing up to the failed policies of former President Donald J. Trump.
Record of Leadership
Before becoming governor, Gov. Pritzker led the creation of 1871, a non-profit business incubator that has helped create over 11,000 jobs and made Chicago one of the top tech hubs in the world. As Governor he has expanded skills training programs to prepare Illinois kids for the jobs of the future and created tax credits designed to help businesses grow in every corner of the state.
Gov. Pritzker has been a national leader in supporting early childhood education and worked to expand Illinois’ school breakfast program to 230,000 additional students across the state. Since being sworn into office, Gov. Pritzker has expanded childcare assistance, made the biggest investment in early childhood programs in Illinois history, and raised the minimum salary for teachers.
Gov. Pritzker and his wife MK have two children. He is also a huge Blackhawks fan.