Crain's Chicago Business: Pot, minimum wage, child care: What are Pritzker's first priorities?

Look for fast action to raise the minimum wage, legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use and boost child welfare and early school funding.


Passing a new state budget will be a slog, with a much-needed capital program wrapped into that process.

And while he'll have some ideas on how to pay off well over $100 billion in pension debt, there is doubt the debt will be paid—without worker concessions.

That's the word from Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker as he prepares to officially get sworn in on Monday.

In a phone interview on Jan. 11, the state's incoming chief executive said reporters "will have to wait" until tomorrow to find out what's in his speech, but dropped a few hints of what to expect as he takes over amid some bipartisan bonhomie but with Democrats holding supermajorities of both the House and Senate.

"We're going to move quickly on a number of priorities," he said, specifically noting child care assistance and a minimum wage, adding that the latter will be accompanied by steps to help entrepreneurs and startup firms access capital.  Click here to read more