CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar says public housing is a statewide issue in this campaign.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

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Democrat Pawar is supporting his running mate Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman and his call for more federal and state help preserving public housing in downstate Illinois and elsewhere.

Pawar, a Chicago alderman, likens it to his vocal opposition back when the Emanuel Administration closed dozens of Chicago schools.

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He says that when you close schools, you close communities. And when you neglect housing, it’s like closing a community, he says.

Pawar and Coleman are pushing for guidelines on closing schools and preservation of available public housing.

Coleman was in Chicago to ask federal housing officials to stop turning a deaf ear to public housing.

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Pawar echoes the sentiment.