Democratic governor candidate JB Pritzker told supporters in Peoria and Springfield on the eve of Election Day that “kitchen table issues that affect working families” have been the key to his campaign, and he hopes Democrats get elected up and down the ballot.

“You know that this campaign has been about raising your standard of living, about creating jobs and raising wages, about lowering the cost of healthcare … and making college affordable,” Pritzker told about 200 supporters at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at a fly-around stop.

The visit there preceded his final campaign stop before polls open, an oftentimes raucous rally at the Laborers Local 165 hall in Peoria where Pritzker challenged several hundred Democrats to "leave it all out on the field" in their Election Day work, reminding them of the need to also focus on legislative races and County Board contests.

Pritzker said he would be a contrast to his main opponent in the election, first-term GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose Monday campaign schedule included stops in two Chicago suburbs.

“You remember four years ago, he wore that dry-cleaned Carhartt jacket around, tried to pretend he’s not from Chicago, too?” Pritzker said.

But after being elected, Pritzker said of Rauner, “out from under that Carhartt jacket he pulled out the hidden agenda. … And you know the top of the list of their things to do is destroy labor unions, lower wages … lower your standard of living.”

Instead, Pritzker said, “You want a governor who wakes up every day thinking about how to raise your wages, how to make your family’s lives better and (who) goes to bed at night asking what didn’t I do today that I can do tomorrow to lift up working families across this state.”

Pritzker warned Republicans are “not giving up,” and in the final hours before the polls close Tuesday, “it’s going to be a fight.”

“So, Peoria County Democrats — are you ready for the fight?” Pritzker intoned, sounding a regular campaign theme. “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get Democrats elected this year.”

Among those on stage with Pritkzer was his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton of Chicago; Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul of Chicago; state Treasurer Michael Frerichs; U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline; state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria; and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria. Not on the ballot this year but part of the rally was U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat.

Also with Pritzker was his wife, M.K., who the candidate called “my love for the last 30 years and a woman who has been the Rock of Gibraltar during this entire campaign."

Pritzker told reporters that Democrats knocked on 250,000 doors statewide last weekend, “and we’ve been doing that for weeks and weeks.”

Asked if people should fear one-party rule in Illinois, Pritzker said, “What people want is an independent person who’s going to stand up for working families. That’s what I’ll be as governor.”