Patricia Avery

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Money in politics was a big theme Thursday as Patricia Avery announced her candidacy for Illinois Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman.

Avery says that their campaign will be about people, not money.

“I really believe that money, power and influence has just taken over our democracy," Avery said, "and the people that I see every day -- and that I work with -- they don’t care about all that money.”