CHICAGO (CBS) — Entrepreneur and billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker was expected to formally jump into the race for governor on Thursday.
Those close to Pritzker told CBS 2 he will enter the Democratic primary, joining the field for the 2018 campaign.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Friday Morning Snow Could Slow Your Commute
Pritzker joins several fellow Democrats who will bid to oust incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), businessman Chris Kennedy, Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), and Madison County school superintendent Bob Daiber already have announced bids for governor.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Boy, 27-Year-Old Xavier Guzman Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega
As one of the state’s wealthiest individuals, Pritzker would be able to largely self-fund his campaign, just as billionaire Rauner did in 2014.
Pritzker has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference for Thursday to make a “press announcement.” He had previously announced in March that he was forming an exploratory committee to weigh a bid for governor.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar