Illinois Democrats Make Play for Unity, Victory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats are gathering to promote party unity as they kick off the final months of the 2014 campaign.

Party officials and candidates from the top to the bottom of the ticket plan to attend a Wednesday breakfast hosted by the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association at Springfield’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates is the breakfast’s keynote speaker. The event is held several hours prior to the party’s annual day at the Illinois State Fair.

For the second year in a row, Gov. Pat Quinn canceled the afternoon rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Quinn was booed by union members at the fair in 2012 after he canceled their raises.

Quinn says the afternoon lineup of musical acts replacing political speeches will be more fun.

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