Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who is running for Illinois Governor, met with human service providers in Vienna, to discuss problems they're facing after the state's long budget impasse.
Pritzker (D-Chicago) held a round table event with human service providers at the Autumn Ridge Supportive Living Facility in Vienna. Pritzker says he's been hearing how the budget impasse has impacted facilities like this one.
"I'm spending a lot of time in southern Illinois because it's important for a governor to represent the entire state. Not to create a war between northern Illinois and southern Illinois, but rather to represent the entire state. So, I have been in Southern Illinois many times, now during this campaign and it's important to understand the challenges that people are facing here."
State Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg came to show Pritzker his support.
"You know, I've been in politics a long time and I've never seen a more passionate, caring person that wants to make a difference in this state. And that's what we need right now. Somebody that really wants to put himself aside and do what's the best for the state and the taxpayers. And I believe its J.B. Pritzker. I know a lot of the candidates, and I just think, I see the momentum that's going with him, I see the amount of people that gravitate towards him. I've never seen this in a gubernatorial candidate - in my life."
Many candidates are in the area because of the DuQuoin State Fair. At least six Democrats have thrown their hat in the ring for the November 2018 election.