Dems duke it out in Springfield

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Gov. Pat Quinn today issued a call for party unity at a gathering of the state’s Democratic leaders but vowed to beat anyone who takes him on in next year’s governor primary.

The governor aimed his remarks directly at challenger Bill Daley, the former White House chief of staff  who charged that under Quinn Illinois has a “crisis of confidence.”

The setting for the face-off was the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association breakfast, where party officials insisted the fights at the top of the ticket, the differing sides on pension reform and hard feelings over Quinn’s veto of legislative pay raises were not signs of dysfunction.

Read more at Chicago Tribune.

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