Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in as the 43rd Governor of Illinois on January 14, 2019. Since then, he has been working every day to put Springfield back on the side of working families.
Governor Pritzker has delivered on his promises for the people of Illinois — increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, launching the largest infrastructure project in Illinois history, making college more affordable, expanding early childhood education, and legalizing and decriminalizing adult-use cannabis. In his first term, Governor Pritzker passed a bipartisan balanced budget and finally began to pay down Illinois’ debts, saving taxpayers money. His administration has restored funding for education and mental health and social services, expanded health care coverage to 129,000 more Illinoisans, enshrined reproductive rights into law, and advanced equal pay for women.
When COVID-19 struck Illinois, Governor Pritzker demonstrated national leadership, acting swiftly to protect the health and safety of Illinoisans and standing up to the failed policies of former President Donald Trump. Before taking office, Governor Pritzker led the creation of 1871, a non-profit business incubator that has helped create over 11,000 jobs and made Chicago one of the top tech hubs in the world.
Governor Pritzker and his wife MK have two children. He is also a huge Blackhawks fan.
Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton is excited to serve Illinois as the state’s 48th Lieutenant Governor. In this role, her portfolio includes leading the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, and chairing the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Military Economic Development Council and the Illinois River Coordinating Council. Lieutenant Governor Stratton currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association as the Treasurer. Previously, she represented the 5th District in the Illinois House of Representatives and her first elected office was serving as Chair of the Kenwood Academy Local School Council.
Lieutenant Governor Stratton’s entire career has focused on bringing people together, building consensus, and solving problems. She started her own consulting firm focused on alternative dispute resolution and served as a mediator, arbitrator and administrative law judge for several government agencies. Lieutenant Governor Stratton previously served as Director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, and as a Deputy Hearing Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, all with a focus on improving public safety and building stronger communities.
As a lifelong advocate for youth and creating safe spaces for our young people, Lieutenant Governor Stratton is a restorative justice practitioner and trained peace circle keeper. She was also a founding board member of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and served on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Protective Association.
Lieutenant Governor Stratton was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She is the proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DePaul University’s College of Law. She and her husband Bryan live in the Bronzeville community and have four daughters. And when she can find a bit of free time, she enjoys going to concerts, a good documentary, and training for marathons and triathlons.