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.