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Rauner concedes; Pritzker is Illinois' next governor

  • Backed by his family, Gov. Bruce Rauner tells supporters in the ballroom at the Drake Hotel that he has conceded to J.B. Pritzker.

    Backed by his family, Gov. Bruce Rauner tells supporters in the ballroom at the Drake Hotel that he has conceded to J.B. Pritzker.
    Mark Welsh/Daily Herald News Service

 
Staff report
updated: 11/6/2018 8:42 PM

Gov. Bruce Rauner has conceded the Illinois governor's seat to Democrat J.B. Pritzker, telling supporters inside the Drake Hotel in Chicago, "This is a time for us to come together. This is a time for us to unite."

In a gracious speech, the governor said he called Pritzker to wish him "godspeed" as governor, and said the agenda for progress in Illinois he set out to accomplish four years ago cannot be abandoned.

"The people of Illinois will not settle for the status quo," Rauner said. "The people of Illinois deserve so much better than the political machine that let us down. I remain and will always be a proud son of Illinois and a believer in our future."

The governor-elect has not yet made an appearance. Pritzker's headquarters for the night is the Marriott Marquee Hotel in Chicago, the same place his party was held the night he won the Democratic primary.