Onward

By Daniel Biss

Our campaign was about an election. But it was also about something much larger.

It was a grassroots movement of Illinoisans standing up and saying: “Enough is enough. It’s time to reclaim our government for the rest of us.” And it was a grassroots movement poised to hold our elected officials accountable and break down the barriers to racial, gender, and socioeconomic equality that plague working families.

Together, over the last year, we fought for transformational change. Nearly 340,000 Illinoisans voted for it. And I am proud to continue that fight, albeit not as a candidate.

Since Tuesday, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the result and what it means for me. I’ve said throughout that I will work as hard to support the nominee as I did my own campaign — but like many of you, I have questions about how the values we fought for will be represented.

That’s why in the past few days I spent time in conversation with JB Pritzker. While we have our differences, we have always been united in our commitment to defeat Bruce Rauner. And I am still 100% committed to defeating Bruce Rauner.

But we can’t just be against something. That’s not good enough given the problems Illinois is facing, and it’s not enough given how much there is to fight for.

I spoke with JB about the two structural changes I see as necessary to solve so many critical problems in Illinois: a progressive income tax to fund the investments we need in healthcare, education, and job creation; and public financing of elections to create a political system that’s accountable to everyone, not just big money. We cannot just pay lip service to those ideas — we must have a clear plan for how to get them done.

That conversation was just the beginning. I look forward to continuing it in the days ahead, and I hope that before long the results of these discussions will enable me not just to advance our shared goal of defeating Bruce Rauner, but also to affirmatively endorse JB.

Litesa and I, along with all of you, brought a progressive agenda to the governor’s race. Now we must make sure that these key priorities — which would enable long-lasting and structural change to our economy and democracy — are included moving forward.

And we should continue to be proud of all that we accomplished together.

Onward.