State Senator Daniel Biss holds town hall with college students

Gubernatorial candidate's progressive platform appeals to many young voters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss reached out to young voters in the state to drum up support for his campaign for governor.

"I would love to work for him. I think he's a great candidate," said Rosie Dawood, a University of Illinois student. 

The Democratic candidate held a town hall meeting at the University of Illinois Springfield Thursday night.

He campaigned on pushing for free community college, strong labor unions and increasing minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.

A lot of students said the candidate's platform sounds similar to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"It was definitely a change of pace from what we've been listening to and seeing here in Illinois, so it's definitely encouraging to have someone running who wants to help and wants to change the way things are and the way they been going," said student Haley Simpson. 

Senator Biss joins four other democratic candidates for Illinois governor trying to take on incumbent Bruce Rauner: Businessmen Chris Kennedy and Alex Paterakis, Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and School District Superintendent Bob Daiber.

Governor Rauner has already contributed $50 million dollars to his re-election campaign.


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