August in Illinois means state fair fun missed with a hefty dose of politics.
Wednesday was Governor’s Day in Springfield and thousands of Democrats hit the fair to get pumped up for the November election.
But there is an air of concern here among Illinois Democrats. Most admit they’re fighting an uphill battle to maintain control of the general assembly and even the governor’s mansion. That’s why they say today is crucial, when it comes to getting supporters motivated and to the polls in November.
There are concerns about Gov Quinn trailing his opponent, Republican Bruce Rauner by double-digits.
The worry is big enough have the longest serving Secretary of State in Illinois wondering about his chances for re-election in the Fall.
Secretary of State Jesse White said, “I’m concerned about it. Probably one of the most hotly contested races I’ve ever experienced. “
But with 12 weeks to go, Quinn remains optimistic saying, “I’ve always been underestimated….it’s where you are at the end.”
The day started with a breakfast for Democrats at a hotel near the fair and then a rally at the grounds for 2000 supporters with tickets.
Tomorrow is republican day at the state fair.
Bruce Rauner is expected to be in attendance, along with a host of other GOP players.