CHICAGO — The Democratic primary race for governor is still nearly a year away, but candidates for the nomination are already scouring the state for support, including at least a half-dozen planned appearances on the city's Northwest Side between now and June.
So far, the declared Democratic candidates for governor include:
• Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th)
• Entrepreneur and former Merchandise Mart president Chris Kennedy
• State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston)
• Venture capitalist and billionaire philanthropist J.B. Pritzker
• Downstate school superintendent Bob Daiber
The candidates are scheduled to make the following appearances on the Northwest Side this spring:
• Biss will be hosted by 39th Ward Democrats at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., in Mayfair.
• Kennedy will be hosted by 41st Ward Democratic Committeeman Tim Heneghan at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Olympia Park, 6656 N. Avondale Ave., in Edison Park.
• Biss will be hosted by 45th Ward and 39th Ward Democrats at 7 p.m. May 5 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Portage Park.
• Biss will be hosted by Heneghan at 1 p.m. May 7 at Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott Ave., in the Norwood Park neighborhood.
• Pawar will attend a meet-and-greet event at 2 p.m. May 7 at Elastic Arts, 3428 W. Diversey Ave., in Logan Square.
• Pawar will be hosted by Heneghan at 10 a.m. June 10 at Edgebrook Public Library, 5331 W. Devon Ave.