Expect more of the clash between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Dist. 22) from Democrats at the Illinois State Fair this week, but also expect something a bit different from Democrats.

Democrats across the state are sure to line up and continue the war of words with Rauner over taxes, spending and his Turnaround Agenda when they rally at the fairgrounds in Springfield on Thursday.

John Jackson, a professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, said that's a given for Democrats at the fair.

"The Democrats are countering with their own bogeyman, who happens to be the governor," Jackson said. "When it's Democratic Day at the fair, there will be a lot of bashing of the governor."

But Jackson said Democrats also will talk up their candidate for president, Hillary Clinton.

"The Democrats will try to mine the goodwill, as they see it, of Hillary Clinton being from Illinois, and that she's likely to win Illinois," Jackson said.

Jackson said some of the messaging from Democrats will come with an eye toward 2018, but noted that Democrats in Springfield face some very tough legislative races this fall that'll need some attention.


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