MOLINE — Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and running mate Julianna Stratton stopped Sunday evening in the Quad-Cities as part of their six-day statewide “Think Big” bus tour.
Pritzker will face Gov. Bruce Rauner in the November general election.
Pritzker and Stratton, along with comptroller Susana Mendoza, stopped first in Moline at their campaign office, 3814 27th St., where they joined phone bank volunteers.
From there, they met with more than 150 supporters at the Laborer’s Union Local 309, 2835 7th Ave., Rock Island.
Introduced by Rock Island County Democratic Party chairman Doug House, Pritzker and party arrived in time for the Democratic Central Committee meeting at 6 p.m.
“They were very gracious and very giving of their time,” House said of the candidates. “They stayed a long time until everyone who wanted to take a photo and shake a hand could do that.”
House said Pritzker talked about the enthusiasm from voters across the state.
Democratic party chairs from Mercer, Henry and Carroll counties, and a representative from Whiteside County, also were present, House said.
After spending the night in the Quad-Cities, the group was joined by Democratic state Senate candidate Gregg Johnson in a door-knocking campaign through an East Moline neighborhood.
“People were very gracious,” House said. “We were welcomed into living rooms.”
The “Think Big” bus tour, which began Saturday with the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago, will make a total of 20 campaign stops.