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.READ MORE: Three Men, None Of Whom Knew Each Other At The Time, Say Trusted Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas Groomed Them For Sexual Abuse As Teens
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.READ MORE: 3 Soldiers Stationed At Fort Campbell Charged With Funneling Guns To Chicago; Prosecutors Say Some Were Used In Mass Shooting In March
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.
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Pawar echoes the sentiment.