Dylan Sharkey

Assistant Editor

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s newest campaign ad credits him with fixing state finances and boasts of Illinois’ job growth. Both are among the worst in the nation.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s latest campaign ad boasts his economic record, saying he fixed the state’s finances. The only thing missing is data to back up his claim.

Filmed in Normal, Illinois, the ad credits Pritzker for new jobs and local businesses and claims what he made normal in Normal, is becoming normal across Illinois. That’s not so.

The Bloomington-Normal metro area did recoup 104% of pandemic job losses. But out of 15 Illinois metropolitan areas, it is the only one to get back all the jobs it had before the pandemic.

It’s unlikely Pritzker will film an ad bragging about how he helped Kankakee recover only 38% of the jobs it lost during the pandemic.

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