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Democrat day at fair could highlight differences

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:55:38 CDT
By: AP


Top Illinois Democrats hope internal conflicts won't keep them from building election-year enthusiasm at the state fair. Party leaders and activists from around the state will gather Wednesday to celebrate Governor's Day at the fair. Mostly that means plenty of speeches about the importance of working hard to elect Democrats this fall. But officials from several unions will be holding a news conference to highlight their concerns about the way Governor Pat Quinn is treating public employees. Workers also plan a demonstration outside the fairgrounds. Quinn wants legislators to approve a major pension overhaul Friday during a special session. But the Democrats who lead the Illinois House and Senate favor a scaled-down version of the pension plan, and even that might not be able to pass.

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