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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

“I introduced a lot of very important big priorities for the state. There’s some people who have said I’ve put forward more major important legislation and ideas for this state than has been done in a long time,” Pritzker said at an unrelated event Friday. “So, it takes a while.”

Already, some lawmakers are trying to frame the narrative of the fast-closing legislative session.

State Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, said potential passage of a balanced state budget, along with the legislature’s earlier approval of an increase in the minimum wage, means Pritzker will have gotten more done in his first year than his predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, “did in four.” Throw in passage of the income-tax amendment, which Martwick is sponsoring, and “that’s a banner year.” Legalizing marijuana or sports betting or both would be “sprinkles on the sundae,” he said.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

J.B. Pritzker said it was “time to think big” to deal with the state’s challenges when he introduced himself to Illinois voters as a candidate for governor in a TV ad a little more than two years ago.

Now, five months into office, the Democratic governor finds himself just days away from lawmakers deciding the fate of his “think big” agenda. With the spring legislative session scheduled for a May 31 adjournment, the outcome figures to have a significant impact not only on the state but on the governor’s political future.

Pritzker vowed to change the income tax system and legalize sports betting and recreational marijuana. He proposed a series of tax hikes to balance the budget and unveiled a massive public works construction program with its own accompanying tax increases.

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“For the first time in many years, we met our most basic responsibility in this state — a real balanced budget,” Pritzker said Sunday during a Capitol news conference. “Just a few years ago, just ...
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