Illinois governor race: Pritzker, Bailey make last pitch to voters before Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Pritzker, Bailey make last pitch to voters before Election Day
Gov. JB Pritzker and Darren Bailey made their final pitches to voters before Election Day in the 2022 Illinois governor race.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois governor's race is now a fight to the finish. Gov. JB Pritzker and Republican challenger Darren Bailey crisscrossed the state trying to drum up last minute support.

Pritzker appealed to labor groups, while Bailey raised concerns about the possibility of a vaccine mandate for school children, hoping the talking point will mobilize suburban moms.

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Bailey held a rally with dozens of suburban women who had previously protested against mask and vaccine mandates imposed by Pritzker during the pandemic.

"Now his minions are looking to impose vaccine mandates on our children," Bailey said. "No absolutely not. That's right."

Meanwhile Pritzker hosted a series of rallies in union halls across the state, joining with other Democrats on the ballot to tap into support from labor.

"It has never been more important to vote than right now, because Darren Bailey and the Republicans want to take this state backwards. Darren Bailey wants to end workers' rights," Pritzker said.

The candidates are wrapping up a caustic campaign season by whipping up their core base of voters.

Prtizker ended his six-city hop around the state in Rockford, flanked by fellow Democrats on the ballot.

Bailey joined a raucously welcoming crowd in south suburban Merrionette Park with most of the Chicago area Republicans running for office.

The two candidates painted vastly different visions for the future of Illinois.

"To protect our fundamental freedoms and to lift up working families we have to elect pro-labor, pro-choice, pro-civil rights, pro-voting rights Democrats up and down the ballot," Pritzker said.

"We've got opportunity of a lifetime to restore safety to our streets, lower our taxes, make Illinois a place for working families," Bailey said.

Bailey and GOP attorney general candidate Tom Devore looked to tap into vaccine frustration to win last minute suburban votes.

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"I would respectfully disagree with Governor Pritzker that they are the small fringe minority," Devore said. "I would respectfully say that they have been for far too long been the silent majority."

The cited email exchanges by top officials in the Illinois Department of Public Health that show the agency is exploring what steps would have ot be taken to impose a vaccine mandate on school kids.

But the Pritzker administration said those concerns are unfounded.

"There are no plans to update the vaccine requirements for school age children. But it should come as no surprise that Darren Bailey and Tom DeVore are once again playing political games with public health," Pritzker's office responded in a statement.

The governor's office said it was exploring what steps need to be take in order to answer questions about it which were raised by a Democratic state representative from Bolingbrook.