Cook County, IL. – Progressive reformer and Democratic candidate for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Jacob Meister has issued the following statement in response to today’s State of the State address by Governor Pritzker that focused on ethics reform and corruption in Illinois politics:

“Today, Gov. Pritzker argued passionately in his State of the State address that ‘we must root out the purveyors of greed and corruption – in both parties – whose presence infects the bloodstream of government.’ I could not agree with him more.

“Cook County government needs new independent officials dedicated to rooting out corruption, patronage, and pay to play politics. As I have stated in my ethics reform plan the Clerk of the Circuit Courts Office is broken both operationally and ethically. I am fully committed to changing the culture and atmosphere of the Clerk’s office. None of my opponents have the same commitment to changing this system, which has so richly rewarded them.

“It isn’t just that as the Governor says, ‘the old patronage system needs to die, finally and completely’ to reform government. We must elect people who are committed to these ideals of reform. No longer will the Clerk’s office be a patronage dumping ground for political workers. As the next Clerk of the Court, I will also ensure that the clerk’s office will reflect all genders, races, sexual orientations, and gender identities to best serve the people of Cook County in an effective and efficient manner, not the machine politicians that have plagued Illinois and Cook County for too long.”