New Pritzker-Blagojevich audio from FBI wiretaps sheds light on race issue in governor contest

Kennedy has made courting the black vote the key to his entire campaign strategy. Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is opening campaign offices on the South and West sides. Evanston state Sen. Daniel Biss is relying on supportive African-American lawmakers to get the word out. And Chicago activist Tio Hardiman is urging voters to “make history” by electing him Illinois’ first black governor, though he has little money to get that message out.

Race and its ramifications on politics have long been a factor in city and state elections, though the voting public rarely gets to hear the calculations in blunt terms. That was the case nearly a decade ago, when Pritzker and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich discussed the issue in a phone call the government secretly recorded as part of its investigation into the disgraced governor. The conversation has never before been publicly revealed.



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