Madigan scraps next month’s Democratic rally at Illinois State Fair – Chicago Tribune

Illinois Democrats have decided to buck a decades-old tradition and cancel next month’s State Fair rally, instead putting the spotlight on an annual morning fundraising brunch.

The Aug. 17 Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association event with more than 1,000 party activists provides a more fitting venue for candidates for governor and other offices to speak, said Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who doubles as state Democratic chairman.

“We want the focus to be on the brunch,” Brown said. “If families want to go out and enjoy the fair, we’ll have tickets.”

Madigan traditionally has appeared at the brunch but sometimes has chosen to bypass the fairgrounds festivities afterward.


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