Governor JB Pritzker
- 43ND GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS
- SWORN IN: JANUARY 14, 2019
- FIRST TERM
- NEXT ELECTION: NOVEMBER 2022
- Pritzker Administration Announces All First Round Conditional Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Have Been Issued August 19, 2022CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today issued three additional Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses to applicants selected in lotteries held in the summer of 2021.
- Gov. Pritzker and Illinois State Board of Education Announce $54 Million Increase in Early Childhood Education Funding August 18, 2022CHICAGO - Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the allocation of a $54 million increase in funding for the Early Childhood Block Grant as authorized by the Governor in the FY2023 state budget.
Raised by parents who taught him to fight for progressive values from a young age, JB Pritzker has spent his life standing up for social and economic justice and expanding opportunity in communities across the state of Illinois.
Those values led JB to become a national leader in early childhood education, working for decades to create and expand early learning programs for low income children. After years of dedication, JB was asked by President Obama in 2014 to help organize the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. In Illinois, JB recognized that thousands of children across the state go to school hungry every day, and kids can’t learn well on an empty stomach. So JB partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Share our Strength to expand federal school breakfast grants in Illinois, making it possible for 230,000 more kids to get breakfast and start their day off right.
As a businessman and entrepreneur, JB has helped create thousands of jobs in Illinois. In 2012, JB founded 1871, a non-profit small business incubator. 1871 brought together the educational and civic resources to support startup businesses, and so far it has helped entrepreneurs create more than 8,000 good-paying jobs and hundreds of new companies in our state. Since the creation of 1871, Chicago has been named one of the top ten technology startup hubs in the world, and 1871 was named the best incubator in the world. JB is committed to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses get started and grow all across our state.
A staunch advocate for righting historic wrongs and fighting discrimination, JB has stood against hatred and bigotry throughout his life. JB was a key supporter of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. The Center has become a national leader fighting to reform our criminal justice system, helping the accused prove their innocence. He also served as Chairman of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. As chairman, JB stood up for the rights of the disadvantaged, fighting for victims of gender, racial, religious, and sexual orientation discrimination and working to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to jobs and housing.
The descendant of Jewish immigrants, JB knows we must preserve the legacy of the Holocaust and honor the memories of those who were lost. So JB led the creation of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a nationally recognized institution where more than 120,000 students, teachers, police officers and others learn to fight bigotry, hatred, and intolerance every year.
JB and his wife, MK, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2018, and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Teddi, and a son, Donny.