Indivisible Chicago Podcast Forum
Interviews with the five Democratic candidates for Governor
In November and December, 2017, Tom Moss, host of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast, interviewed each of the five Democratic candidates registered for the 2018 Illinois Governor Primary using crowdsourced questions from the Indivisible Chicago membership. Hear more about the process of generating those questions in a special Indivisible Chicago Podcast episode.
In this podcast forum we learn where each of the candidates stand on pension reform, education funding, equal pay, gun control and more. Follow the links below to hear how each candidate — Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker — answered your questions. Get ready, because the March 20, 2018, will be here before you know it!
Daniel Biss was raised in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and PhD in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 at 25 years old, Biss joined the mathematics faculty of the University of Chicago. Five years later, Biss lost his first race for Illinois House of Representatives in 2008, but won two years later. And in 2012 ran for State Senate and won handily. He represents the 9th District which includes Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette, and Glenview. It was just March of this year that Biss declared that he was running for Governor with an announcement on Facebook Live. “We have a political system where billionaires and machine politicians are the ones who are listened to.” He said in his candidacy announcement. That’s the system we have to change.”
- Interview Date: November 30, 2017
- Podcast Release Date: December 5, 2017
Bob Daiber was born and raised in Marine, Illinois, which is four hours and eleven minutes straight down I55, if you trust Google Maps and stick to the speed limit. After graduating from Triad High School, he attended community college, then Eastern Illinois University to earn a degree in education. In 1978 he returned to his hometown as a vocational education teacher. An article in the Reader quotes him as saying that he’s probably the only shop teacher to run for governor and that he can operate any machine put in front of him. He belongs to an endangered but not extinct species—the downstate democrat. In the 90s, he ran three times for state rep from Marine—and lost all three times to a popular Republican Incumbent. He was then elected to the county board. Currently, he is regional superintendent of schools, also an elected position. He’s running for governor, and he has a strategy to win: Work hard in Chicago and persuade downstate voters to swing to the Democrats. His running mate is Jonathan Todd, an Austin neighborhood social worker. He is calls himself a strong advocate for public education, organized labor and agriculture. Daiber owns a centennial farm—one certified to have been in the same family for over 100 years—and lives in Marine with his wife of twenty-four years. They have two sons.
- Interview Date: November 28, 2017
- Podcast Release Date: December 12, 2017
Raised by his grandparents, Hardiman grew up in Henry Horner Housing Projects on Chicago’s West Side, where he witnessed firsthand the effect of violence on a community. He credits those early childhood experiences with compelling him to devote himself to addressing violence and its impact on young people. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Inner City Studies, and in 1999, Hardiman joined Ceasefire, an award-winning public health model with a track record of reducing shootings and killings . In 2004, Hardiman created the Violence Interrupters Initiative, which seeks to prevent violence by intervening with the actors on the front end.
- Interview Date: December 1, 2017
- Podcast Release Date: December 19, 2017
The eighth of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s eleven children, Kennedy is a scion of a political legacy. He grew up in Virginia in a suburb of DC, and attended prep school in Bethesda, Maryland, and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College as well as an MBA from Northwestern. Kennedy served as President of the Merchandise Mart Properties from 2000 through 2012 and from 2009 to 2014, was Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Today, Kennedy heads Wolf Point, a massive downtown construction project that, according to the candidate's campaign site, is backed by more than $1 billion in private financing that is bringing 2,000 construction and permanent jobs to Illinois. Along with his wife, Kennedy started Top Box Foods, a non-profit that tries to get fresh food to families that live in neighborhoods with inadequate access to supermarkets or preponderance of fast foods. The Kennedy's have four children and live in Kenilworth.
- Interview Date: November 30, 2017
- Podcast Release Date: December 26, 2017
Jay Robert Pritzker was born in Chicago in 1965, the son of Sue and Donald Pritzker. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts, received his BA from Duke, then returned to the area to attend law school at Northwestern. In 1996 Pritzker founded the Pritzker Group Venture Capital, which invests heavily in software and e-commerce start-ups. He served on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on innovation and technology and founded 1871—a digital start-up incubator named for the year of the Great Chicago Fire. He also co-founded Pritzker Group Private Capital, which he owns and operates with his brother Tony. His sister Penny Pritzker is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and served under President Obama as Secretary of Commerce. Pritzker ran for congress in 1998 in Illinois-9, but was defeated by Jan Schakowsky. He served as national co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He supported Obama in 2008.
- Interview Date: December 14, 2017
- Podcast Release Date: January 1, 2018