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Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque 'New Deal' for Illinois

Apr 4, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.

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