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Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss to visit Joliet, Plainfield Monday

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PLAINFIELD – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, will be visiting Will County on Monday doing two stops to meet with voters.

Biss will first be at a meeting of the Will County Progressives, the local chapter of the Our Revolution organization, starting at 6 p.m.

That meeting will be at Unity CDC located at 1 Doris Ave. in Joliet. He’ll then be with the Wheatland Township Democrats at the Delicia Mexican Grill at 12337 S. Route 59 in Plainfield.

Biss has made multiple trips to Will County and has been endorsed by fellow state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill.

He’s gained support from MoveOn.org, National Nurses United, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, D-Chicago, former presidential candidate and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig and a number of other Illinois state senators and representatives.

Biss was a math professor before getting into politics.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Biss was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2011 and then the Illinois Senate in 2013.

He and the other candidates have been doing a series of forums in the lead-up to the primary to decide who will take on the Republican nominee for governor.

Chicago billionaire J.B. Pritzker has received many endorsements
and has raised the most money among the Democrats.

Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, Madison County Schools Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber, Robert Marshall and Tio Hardiman also are vying for the nomination.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is running for re-election but also has to get past Wheaton state Rep. Jeanne Ives in the primary.

The primary election for governor and local elected officials is March 20. Registered voters can cast their ballots early beginning Feb. 8 at the Office of the Will County Clerk located at 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.