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Biss Talks Taxes, Pensions, Money In Politics During C-U Stop

Daniel Biss at a podium.

State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Friday January 12. Biss is one of six Democrats running for governor. Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media

We’re just over two months from primary elections in Illinois. There are six Democrats competing for their party’s nomination for governor.

One of those candidates is State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston.  Biss was in Champaign County on Friday for several events, including a press conference on Friday afternoon where he advocated for the state to divest all of its investments from fossil fuels.

You can hear Biss's thoughts on why Illinois should take this step below.

Just before that press conference, Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline sat down with Senator Biss for a one-on-one interview where they discussed a range of topics, including a progressive income tax that Biss says is needed to raise additional revenue for the state.

You can also hear Senator Biss's response to President Trump's comments Thursday during a meeting with US Senators on immigration policy, where according to several people at that meeting, the president called Haiti and certain African countries "shitholes."

Biss is one of six Democrats competing for the nomination for governor in the March primary. The other five candidates are Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Robert Marshall, and JB Pritzker.