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Ameya Pawar responds to Gov. Rauner’s “unity” speech

June 20, 2017

CHICAGO – Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s televised “unity” speech on the eve of the first day of the Illinois General Assembly’s special session:

“Gov. Rauner is a liar, a fraud and a flake. In his brief televised address tonight, he said he wants to work with all members of the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget during the special session, but he’s attacking Democrats with TV ads, mailers and flyers. He said he supports equitable funding for public education, but he has threatened to veto a bill which would increase funding to 270 school districts in our state, including Chicago’s. When he was campaigning for governor he said he was pro-choice, but now he’s against a bill that would expand health care coverage for women that would provide more access to abortion care.”

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Ameya Pawar for Governor campaign releases endorsement video, #ImWithAmeya

June 20, 2017

CHICAGO – The Ameya Pawar for Governor campaign today released an endorsement video titled, “I’m With Ameya,” which features campaign volunteers explaining why they are supporting Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor.

“Our volunteers wanted to show their support of Ameya with a short video that speaks to the heart of our people-powered, grassroots campaign,” said Tom Elliott, communications director for the campaign. “They aren’t politicians or powerful organizations, but they are people. People who believe in something bigger than themselves. People who volunteer. People who vote. Because that’s what matters to our campaign.”

When Pawar ran for alderman in 2011, he had no money and no endorsements. So, he knocked on every door in the community and talked with people about the issues. That’s how he beat the Chicago machine to become the first Indian-American alderman of the City of Chicago. The campaign is taking that same approach statewide in the race for governor, with the goal of going to all 102 Illinois counties–Democrat and Republican, urban and rural–because Pawar is running to be governor for all people.

Last week, Pawar held a statewide virtual town hall from Ottawa, where about 10,000 people tuned in online and from 190 registered watch parties in 30 counties around the state. Pawar presented his platform, a New Deal for Illinois and took questions from the audience, from videos submitted online, and from Twitter. Since launching his campaign, Pawar has traveled more than 7,000 miles in about 40 counties.

“Everywhere I go, I hear the same thing,” Pawar said in the video. “People are sick and tired of billionaires, millionaires and insiders getting ahead while a majority of working families get left behind. It’s time for a progressive change. It’s time to forge a new deal for the State of Illinois.”

The video ends with Pawar asking viewers to create their own videos showing why they’re supporting his campaign and share it on social media using #ImWithAmeya.

 

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Illinois gubernatorial candidate Alderman Ameya Pawar responds to FBI Director Comey’s testimony before Congress

June 8, 2017

CHICAGO – Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, issued the following statement today following the testimony of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey before Congress:

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Ameya Pawar statement on AFL-CIO vote

June 6, 2017

CHICAGO – Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, issued the following statement in response to the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations endorsement vote today at its regularly scheduled membership meeting:

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Ameya Pawar: ‘Fracking has no place in Illinois’

June 2, 2017

Pawar calls on Gov. Rauner and IDNR to reject fracking permit application; pledges to work with General Assembly to ban fracking on day one of administration.

CHICAGO – Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, issued the following statement in response to reports that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources received an application for a hydrofracking permit at a site just north of Enfield, in Whiteside County:

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