CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 27: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a transgender support rally at Federal Building Plaza on April 27, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker, a Democrat, is up for reelection in November. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

At his victory celebration Tuesday night, Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered a speech that fueled speculation he might run for president.

On Wednesday, when reporters asked about that, Pritzker emphatically answered with words that fell short of a simple “no.”

“I’m planning to be the governor for the next four years,” Pritzker said. “We have too many things that we need to accomplish for the state. I think we all know what that list is.”

Pritzker may have no presidential plans yet, but we all know plans change. And Pritzker’s plans could and perhaps would change should President Joe Biden decide not to run for reelection. Biden has said he intends to run but will make his final decision early next year.

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David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy.