J.B. Pritzker, Billionaire with a Heart-The Right Man For The Job.


The Democratic frontrunner for the Illinois governorship, J.B. Pritzker, is a pretty good guy.

When speaking of the very richest people, a common mistake is the tendency to fall into all-or-none thinking, and create a false dilemma. Not all billionaires are like the Koch brothers.

In this world, we are all born where we are born. No one should be judged by the sum of their bank accounts. Whatever one’s economic status, we are all defined by the sum of our choices and the quality of the work we do.

J.B. Pritzker has done a tremendous amount of good work. In this regard, he has carried on the legacy of his family.

The Pritzker family did not make their fortunes running houses of ill repute as the Trump family did(said brothel was turned into a tourist attraction last fall, to help us remember that). They came from poverty and worked their way up through hard work and cleverness.

The patriarch of the family, Abram Nicholas, was the son of a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant who had come to Chicago in 1881 from Kiev. Abram Nicholas put himself through Harvard, earning a law degree in 1920 before going to work in his father’s law firm, later known as Pritzker & Pritzker.

He and his brother, Jack Nicholas Pritzker, left the firm in 1936 to try their hand at commerce.  The family fortune quickly grew, due to their ability to invest wisely in real estate and small companies, particularly around the Chicago area.

Abram Nicholas also became a philanthropist on a large scale, helping establish the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and giving several million dollars annually to other causes. This started a long and proud tradition of Pritzker support for humanitarian causes.

The philanthropic causes the Ashkenazi Jewish family supports are almost as diverse as the real estate and business investments that made them rich in the first place.

The Pritzker Family Philanthropic Fund is a major supporter of Jewish charities in the Chicago area, including Jewish education programs.

Examples include $3 million given to the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in 2002 and $1 million for the Treblinka Holocaust Memorial in 2007.

Memorials for the victims of the Holocaust are another of the Pritzker family priorities. J.B. Pritzker led the campaign to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, which opened in 2009.

The impressive statistics just keep rolling in; they read like a grocery list.

As of 2014, the Pritzker family has donated the staggering sum of $16.9 million to the Chicago public school system.

J.B. Pritzker personally spearheaded the effort to build a coalition capable of raising the funds to expand prekindergarten programs for low-income children in Chicago without incurring costs for taxpayers. The plan worked.

Early education is one of J.B. Pritzker’s pet causes; he also partnered on a project to invest $20 million in an Early Childhood Innovation Accelerator to develop and fund programs for disadvantaged children.

Yet another example of J.B. Pritzker standing up for regular folks can be found in his early support of the LGBT community, a time-honored tradition in Chicago. The Society for Human Rights was founded by Henry Gerber in 1924 in Chicago. It is the first documented gay rights organization.

Just the same, even the concept of gay rights was repugnant to many bigots in the early days. For many years, the cause received little support from the halls of government, and the psychiatric community refused even to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for another 63 years, until 1987.

But J.B. stood up for the gay and transgender communities. And he did so long before it was considered “safe”.

His cousin Jennifer Pritzker was born as James N. Pritzker, and underwent an official legal name change in 2013. She identifies herself as a woman and is known as the world’s first and only openly transgender billionaire. She recently made a $2 million grant to a university in Canada to establish a chair for transgender studies, a position unique in all the world.

Nancy Pelosi recently made some kind remarks on his behalf at the Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala, which are given below. They illustrate clearly that respect for persons of LGBT orientation was strongly held by J.B.’s mother.

“Earlier, it was referenced that he drew his value of respect for the LGBT community from his mother.  I said to J.B. there was something I would tell him tonight that he might not know about his mother that is very special to me.  When I was chair of the Northern California Democratic Party, she was the treasurer – our offices were together; our desks were in the same room.  And she was very instrumental in writing the 1982 – well, we wrote it in ‘81 – a platform that was passed in January of ’82: the California Democratic platform which supported LGBT families – 1982.  Sue Pritzker. So, he comes by his support, his values, in a family way.  Thank you, J.B.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that “Thank You” is indeed an appropriate thing to say, to someone who has spent an entire lifetime sticking up for people who don’t have billions of dollars to stick up for themselves.

J.B. Pritzker has been carrying on the philanthropic tradition started by his grandfather, all the days of his life. Every evening, while he sleeps, the organizations he created do more good for actual people than the life’s work of Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss- his opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary of Illinois– combined.

Kennedy, a milquetoast shadow of his famous relatives, could not even manage to drag himself out of bed to attend the debates earlier this week, citing a bad back as the reason why.

Lol. These men put together do not have a tenth of the capacity or skill that J.B. Pritzker does..

These same two guys are adding fuel to the fire and attacking Pritzker constantly, even though they know they are doing no good to anyone except but the hideous Bruce Rauner when they commit to that course of action.

It is true that the man shot his mouth off like a pig ten years ago when Rod Blagojevich tried selling him Barack Obama’s Senate seat. He made some really stupid, ugly comments about black people and has justly come under serious fire for it- as anyone should.

There is no doubt his comments were repugnant. It always sucks when people sound off like morons and get themselves into trouble, especially when they’re actually decent sorts.
But- Let’s face it! A lot of guys have talked that way behind closed doors. You can’t chase all the Democrats who ever talked like a pig out of office, without handing over the reins of power to a much worse set of swine.

Hopefully, by now, it is not news to anyone that the country is in a really bad situation. We cannot afford the luxury of sidelining the talents of our most able countrymen, just to punish them for saying something lousy.

J.B. Pritzker is funding his own campaign. He has outspent the monstrosity Rauner by $16 million and rising. He has travelled all over the place on a literal apology tour, taking accountability for the awful words of his mouth, and showing people his plans to make up for it with concrete plans and actions. Why is it up to anyone else, to relentlessly savage him for that?

The Black Women of Illinois Forum accepted his request to allow him to go there and speak. If it’s good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for everybody.

Pritzker’s opponent next fall, the incumbent governor Bruce Rauner, is a truly despicable human being. We don’t need a hot mic to know how he feels about black people. We’ve got his voting record. That guy could spend the rest of his Earthly days on an apology tour, and it still would not be good enough.

But J.B. is different. He’s a good man who said some bad things, and who has done a lot of good things. It is the rarest of all possible combinations in today’s society, to find someone who is on the top, having lifelong compassion for people nobody else used to care about.

You don’t find that every day. Even if there wasn’t a Bruce Rauner, the only sensible reaction to having a guy born for the job of governing one of our largest and most populous states step into its shoes is to thank the heavens and prepare to get behind him.

Beyond all other reasons, when filling a job, we should consider how well its function can be performed by its occupant. There is no one on the political radar of Illinois who has a sliver of the talent or ability possessed by J.B. Pritzker. The greatest amount of good can be done for the greatest amount of people, by giving power to the person best able to use it.

In the case of the state of Illinois, that person is J.B. Pritzker. And we’re going to stand behind him, with everything we’ve got.


Berniecrats Forget Who To Fight, Attack Democrat J.B. Pritzker in IL Governor Race.

We're with J.B. Pritzker and all real Democrats.

So-called progressives are getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue. The guys we’ve got in there now would never have impeached Nixon. We need Democrats in the legislative branch to impeach Trump. Period.

Our electoral road to success is an uphill battle. Twenty-five Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year, for example, as opposed to only eight of the reds. A plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen since Doug Jones’ stunning upset of the perverse Roy Moore, but it’s still going to be very hard.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care about any of this, and instead insist on fighting their own people.

I saw a good point in an article today about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other. It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; we’re all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree. Time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed.

It’s insane to have a primary where Democrats are fighting each other in a year when every cent is needed so desperately to fight the real enemy. Anyone who is forcing us to waste time and money thus, and worsening the interparty divide in the process, should be viewed as extremely suspect.

Take the Justice Democrats, for example. They were the first ones to howl for Al Franken’s blood.

Take also this situation with J.B. Pritzker. He’s the Illinois billionaire who’s running as a Democrat against Bruce Rauner down there. Someone dug up old audio on him, talking to Rod Blagojevich ten years ago about who the best guy to fill Obama’s Senate seat would be.
He made some very unpleasant, stupid, racist, ugly remarks about black folks. There is no doubt his comments were repugnant. It always sucks when people sound off like morons and get themselves into trouble.
But- Let’s face it! A lot of guys have talked that way behind closed doors. You can’t chase all the Democrats who ever talked like a pig out of office, without handing over the reins of power to a much worse set of swine. As soon as Bernie Sanders resigns for his essays on rape fantasy, then we’ll talk.
Bernie Sanders, of course, is the name constantly invoked by finger-waggling naysayers, who are now all crowing like roosters at the dirt that has been dug up. Pritzker’s primary opponents are standing right alongside the governor, Bruce Rauner, who is a truly despicable human being. They are adding their attacks as fuel to the fire, even though they know they are doing no good to anyone except Bruce Rauner. 
This sort of blind attachment to unrealistic purity standards has left to a rift in the Democratic Party.
Accusations of an “inevitable” candidate. Accusations of a rigged primary. Opponents who lack any hope of defeating the absolute villain who’ll be stinking up the seat of power adding their fuel to his fire, attacking the one person who can, the Democratic candidate.

The Illinois Democratic primary for governor sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential primary campaign, which didn’t end up well for us, or for the country, or for the entire human race.

Evoking Sen. Bernie Sanders, Pritzker’s top competitors whine that they’ve been elbowed out at every turn by party insiders.

“The establishment that’s supporting Pritzker wants us to not worry about Pritzker’s electability” in a general election, said Sen. Daniel Biss.

A great rebuttal was offered at a meeting of Sangamon County Democrats last week, Bill Houlihan, who is an elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee, said he wanted Biss to quit giving fodder to Republicans as he criticizes a rival.

“Dan Biss has been sending out some emails that I think are hurtful to the Democratic Party and J.B.Pritzker, and I think we need to shut that down as soon as possible,” Houlihan said.

J.B. Pritzker is funding his own campaign. He’s been on an apology tour for the last week. He’s been going all over the place, taking accountability for the awful words of his mouth, and showing people his plans to make up for it with concrete plans and actions. Why is it up to anyone else, to relentlessly savage him for that?

The Black Women of Illinois Forum accepted his request to allow him to come there and speak. If it’s good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for everybody.

But this is typical. It’s been going on all over the country with increasing frequency. And the pattern is always the same. Unknown candidates from the far left joining forces with Republicans to slander our candidates and when possible, gathering and attacking like hyenas to eliminate and replace them.

One noteworthy example is Howard Katz, a former Riverside County Democratic Party chairman who was sneakily voted out of the top leadership spot by Bernie Sanders supporters this last October. He moved across town, and they lied and said the rules said they could not call for another election.

Many who cast votes against Katz did so to deliver up a victory for the Sanders wing of the party.

His replacement, one Steve Ruth, made the following statement after his election.

“I think there’s room for everyone — for the people who’ve been around a long time and the Democratic structure,” he said. “But we also need to open our arms to the new people, many of whom are ‘Berniecrats.’”

Berniecrats have been gathering secretly in packs, then making sneaky moves to co-opt us at the local levels. It’s enough to make you sick, especially considering how often Bernie’s chosen candidates have lost since that terrible November.

In order for progressive ideas to be realized, we’ve got to be in power. Nobody’s talking about Medicare for All these days. They’re holding onto Obamacare for dear life.

Millennial Democrats have no use whatsoever for radicals who get in the way of their own causes through stubbornness and irascibility. We also have no use for those who turn their backs when the going gets tough. We see right through the hijacking attempt that’s going on and we’re speaking up about it. And we are asking for your help to raise awareness.

This is not the first time that the far right has used the far left to manipulate the national dialectic. But if Trump and Putin get their way, it may very well be the last. We’re going to have to stand for a lot worse, before it’s all been said and done.

We realize that our leaders are not perfect. We expect Mr. Pritzker to do better in the future, and we will not speak on his behalf in this matter again. In the name of coalition, however, and for the good of the country, we think it best to forgive him and move forward. Should we refuse, it will only be the enemy who benefits.

Just the same, J.B., you’d better hustle on that apology tour. Not cool, man.