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Illinois governor candidate Daiber picks running mate from Chicago

Democrat Bob Daiber, the only Downstate resident among the major contenders for governor, said Friday that he has picked a social worker from Chicago’s West Side to be his running mate.

Daiber said Jonathan Todd, 49, was selected from a “long list” of possible running mates and chosen “because of his working knowledge.” Todd is a resident of the Austin neighborhood

Daiber is the Madison County regional schools superintendent, and he was the last of the significant Democratic candidates seeking to oust Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to select a running mate. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor must run as a team, and a contender for governor cannot gather petition signatures to appear on the March 2018 primary ballot without a running mate.

Daiber’s campaign said Todd has worked for the Association House of Chicago for 13 years and has served in Democratic politics as a community organizer, campaign volunteer and strategist.

“Jonathan is a person who knows the issues of Chicago because he works to solve them every day in his job,” Daiber said in a statement.

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