Republicans rallying at the Illinois State Fair Thursday afternoon faced no competition from their own audience, in contrast to the Democrats the day before. There was plenty of room to move about the Director’s Lawn, too, today. State workers flooded the fairgrounds Wednesday to protest Gov. Pat Quinn and his plans to close state facilities, cancel pay raises, and change pension plans.
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Illinois Republican chairman Pat Brady says the theme of the day is Fire Madigan. “A vote for any Democrat in the state of Illinois is a vote for (House Speaker) Mike Madigan. He’s been down there 42 years. He’s taken us to the brink of financial collapse.”
House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), looking toward Friday’s special legislative session, says a proposal to force suburban and Downstate school districts to pay into pension systems amounts to a property tax increase for those voters.
And State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, the Illinois chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said Inauguration Day in January will bring another benefit: being able to watch President Obama and his family move out of the White House.