Daniel Biss

Pritzker chooses Rep. Juliana Stratton as 2018 running mate

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker named state Rep. Juliana Stratton to be his 2018 running mate Thursday, calling the Chicago attorney a fighter who "hasn't been shy about standing up" to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump.

"Juliana doesn't back down from a tough fight. That's why I need her at my side in this election," said Pritzker, one of more than a half dozen Democrats looking to unseat Rauner.

Stratton is expected to help Pritzker in a crowded Democratic primary with two key voting blocs: women and black voters. She is the first woman on any Democratic gubernatorial ticket, and an African-American who was...