Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.
Pawar is a Democrat running for Illinois Governor. He says Mayor Tyrone Coleman "embodies the struggle that every Illinois family and town is experiencing."
Pawar says neither he nor Coleman are career politicians - making them ideal candidates to fight the problems in Springfield.
Coleman was born in Cairo, and is a Marine veteran. He served in Republican Governor Jim Edgar's administration, and is in his second term as Cairo's mayor.