SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — During a campaign event in Springfield Wednesday morning, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced his endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful JB Pritzker.

The endorsement from the 48th District senator comes as increased support for Pritzker has take place throughout the state with endorsements from prominent Democrats including state comptroller Susana Mendoza and secretary of state Jesse White, with other endorsements from the Illinois AFL-CIO and 20 individual unions.

“I’m running for governor, because it’s time Andy Manar had a partner in Springfield,” said Pritzker. “Together, we can do even more to make sure every child in Illinois gets the quality education they deserve. Improving the school funding formula was a historic step forward, but our work can’t stop there. It’s time to build a better future for our state and our economy. I want Illinois to be a place where innovation happens, where things get built, where families and communities thrive. It’s time to put Springfield back on the side of working families, and I’m so proud to have Andy Manar, a real champion, standing with me.”

“It’s time for a leader with a track record of helping regular families and a clear vision to get Illinois headed in the right direction,” said Manar. “I believe JB Pritzker is that leader, and I’m proud to endorse him for governor. JB has built a small business incubator that has created thousands of jobs. He’s helped push badly-needed criminal justice reforms, and in an issue close to my heart, he has helped our school children, creating new early childhood education opportunities and helping expand the state’s school breakfast program to over 175,000 students in at-risk districts in rural and urban areas. I look forward to working with him to build a stronger future in Illinois for our children and generations to come.”

As of publication, no public comments regarding the endorsement were made from Republican hopefuls Seth McMillin, Christopher Hicks or Jerry Yeager.

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