CHICAGO — Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker wasted little time after his Tuesday defeat of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and announced members of his transition team, a group that includes former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar.
In addition to naming his running mate, Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton as chair of the transition team, Pritzker included in his transition efforts Illinois AFL-CIO President and former Decatur Mayor Mike Carrigan, GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, who has been a donor and adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former state Comptroller Dan Hynes and Marty Nesbitt, a close friend, donor and adviser to former President Barack Obama.
Pritzker's campaign manager, Anne Caprara, will serve as chief of staff for the transition efforts and Jesse Ruiz, the president of the Chicago Park Board, will serve as its legal counsel.
Others on the transition team include state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, the executive director of the state Democratic Party, as senior adviser, and Sol Flores, founding executive director of the social service organization La Casa Norte, as one of several co-chairs.
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Pritzker's decision to name Carrigan as a co-chair, with no business executives or organizations represented at an equivalent level on the transition team, carries political symbolism. Pritzker was heavily backed by organized labor to combat Rauner and the Republican's pro-business, union-weakening agenda. Carrigan served on the Decatur City Council for six full terms and part of a seventh before being appointed mayor from 2008-09.
Edgar served previously on Rauner's transition team after the 2014 election that saw the Republican defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner, though, had soured on Edgar. Edgar had publicly questioned the governor's strategy in the state's historic budget impasse and Rauner's constant attempts to villainize Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
During the 2018 campaign, Edgar offered Pritzker private advice.
The transition team also announced that people interested in positions with the new administration could apply online at jbandjulianatransition.com.