The race for Illinois governor is already crowded with six democratic candidates vying for the seat.
One of those candidates, Ameya Pawar, stopped by the 13 WREX studio to introduce himself to our areas voters.
"I've spent six years in city council working on progressive issues, paid sick leave, upping the minimum wage and worker and economic justice. These are the kind of issues I want to pass here for the state of Illinois,"
Pawar is a Chicago aldermen. He's done that job for more than six years and says he's ready to take his passion for politics to the next level.
Pawar says one of his major platforms is making taxes fair. He says the state's system for property taxes doesn't make sense and it needs to change.
"Illinois is home to the $700 billion economy. It's the fifth largest in the country and we're almost dead last in public school funding. And that's because we rely exclusively on property taxes. That's gotta change. That means we need a progressive income tax so we can lift all boats across the state of Illinois," he said.
Stay tuned to 13 WREX this week and through the weekend as we highlight more of Pawar's platform as he runs for governor.