Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu August 14, 2014
Dems, GOP head to the Illinois State Fair
Illinois’ top Republicans are set to rally their party’s faithful at the Illinois State Fair today. As Illinois Public Radio’s Alex Keefe reports, the Democrats’ rally struck a populist tone in Springfield Wednesday.
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon - who’s running for comptroller - put on a bit of a runway show for Democrats.
SIMON: In the 4-H I learned how to sew, so here’s a dress I made this year. (applause fade out)
Then U-S Senator Dick Durbin drew a contrast between himself and his G-O-P opponent - State Senator Jim Oberweis - a wealthy dairy magnate.
DURBIN: I am not envious, because I know I am one Powerball ticket away from having the kind of money that these guys have...(applause fade under).
Governor Pat Quinn bashed companies and investors who try to avoid taxes overseas.
QUINN: And we tell those plutocrats and billionaires, they gotta pay their fare share.
Democrats here say they can’t outspend Republican candidates - but they’re hoping to gin up voters with ballot questions about raising the minimum wage and taxing millionaires.
From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield, I’m Alex Keefe.