When we launched our campaign, we sought to create a movement to change what was possible.
They said it was impossible for a middle-class math professor to compete against a billionaire with a famous family name, let alone two. They said regular folks couldn’t compete with the Madigan machine. They said a candidate couldn’t run on a progressive platform of fighting for single payer, free college tuition, and making reforms to generate progressive revenue.
But you proved them wrong.
You showed the doubters and the cynics the power we have to demand transformational, progressive change, and not settle for what we’ve always done. You showed them the power of someone who has never been involved before, knocking on their neighbors’ doors. You showed them the power of someone who chipped in $5, seeing their contribution combined with thousands of others to compete with millions.
You showed them, more importantly, the power of a truly grassroots movement.
We came up short, but we cracked their grip on power. Which is why, although my campaign for governor may be ending, our work is not done. It’s now up to all of us to use that momentum we built, and to exercise the power we now have.
Yesterday, I spoke with JB Pritzker and congratulated him on a hard-fought campaign and victory. While we disagreed at times, the thing we always agreed on was that Bruce Rauner is a danger to working families and needs to be defeated in November.
We have the power to defeat Bruce Rauner, and we will wield it.
I want to thank the thousands of people across Illinois who donated, knocked on doors, made phone calls, and texted. You stuck with me all the way to the end — standing up for Medicare for all, free higher education, racial and economic justice, 100% clean renewable energy, and making billionaires and millionaires pay their share. We sought together to be the voice for those without voices, and I hope you are proud of what we built together.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you’ve done for me, and thank you for all you will do for our state.