Ameya Pawar (02/25/17) (copy)

In this February 2017 photo, Ameya Pawar, Illinois governor candidate, speaks about his vision for the state at Eastern Illinois University.

JARAD JARMON, HERALD & REVIEW NEWS SERVICE

CHICAGO — Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar says he's ending his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor because he doesn't have enough money.

Pawar, who appeared at a Decatur town hall last week, said in an email to supporters Thursday morning that he doesn't have the resources to mount a successful statewide campaign. He says his only choices are to take on more personal debt or cut staff, both of which he says he won't do. Pawar entered the race saying he would provide "a progressive counter-balance to the governor's agenda."

Pawar was among more than a half dozen Democrats running in the March primary for a chance to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Pawar said he wouldn't be endorsing any of the other candidates at this time. His running mate was Tyrone Coleman, mayor of the southern Illinois city of Cairo.

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