A meeting of Democrats in Springfield on Sunday will lack the tension originally expected. When party chairman Michael Madigan scheduled the gathering, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was still running against incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. On Monday, Daley dropped out. Even so ... Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown says the group of Illinois' top Democrats will still endorse a slate of statewide candidates:
"I think it happens because some of the candidates have asked members of the State Central Committee to come together and make this endorsement."
It's not just Quinn who has no credible challenger. None of the Democrats' candidates for statewide office currently face any opposition. Illinois' Republican Party is not scheduled to do slating, even though multiple candidates are trying to win the GOP's nominations for governor and treasurer.
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