If you want to know what you can expect from Republicans at the Illinois State Fair, you simply have to watch TV in a contested Assembly district. Today is Governor's Day, so this year, the Republicans have the first political day at the Illinois State Fair.
John Jackson, a professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, said we already know what to expect: More of the Gov. Rauner vs. House Speaker Mike Madigan narrative. Jackson said Illinois Republicans are likely to stick to state issues when they rally the faithful at the fairgrounds.
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Jackson expects Rauner and Republican leaders to paint Democrats as “puppets of Madigan.” Jackson said that not only are Republicans looking at this fall, but they're also focusing their message on the November 2018 election.