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State Fair’s Democrat Day to be Markedly Different This Year
State Fair’s Democrat Day to be Markedly Different This Year

Gov. Pat Quinn is not popular with state lawmakers and other officials. Governor’s Day activities Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair stand to be drastically different from previous years. Coincidence?

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is running for comptroller instead of for another term as Quinn’s running mate, and who has not endorsed Quinn or challenger Bill Daley in the 2014 election, says she has no idea where she will be Wednesday at noon.

“I’m up for whatever’s going on,” Simon says. “Whatever rally is going on, I’m going to be a part of all of it.” She added that she did not even know her schedule for Wednesday.

There is no rally.

“Sometimes, what I’ve seen in recent years, people get kind of speeched out,” Gov. Pat Quinn says of the county chairmen’s breakfasts which customarily begin each of the respective political days at the fair. That’s why, he says, the political rally at noon will be replaced by family entertainment, including musical and dance groups.

Last year, state employees in a labor dispute with the administration booed the rally, cutting it short. This year, the governor has contentious relationships with some of his fellow Democrats, so much so that some openly discussed challenging him in a primary.

Coincidence or not, the Friday ribbon-cutting which previously included the lieutenant governor, attorney general, Springfield mayor, and other elected officials had just one joining Quinn – State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield).