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Large crowd rallies in Springfield
Republicans used their day at the Illinois State Fair to hammer home a need for change from what they view as a disastrous decade-long stretch of Democratic domination of Illinois politics.
The day also gave the GOP’s lengthy list of gubernatorial hopefuls a chance to lay out their arguments for why they should be the one to replace Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Republicans avoided sniping at each other and directed their anger at the Democrats who control the Executive Mansion, Senate and House.
“I think folks here in the state of Illinois have finally had enough,” said Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, one of only two Republicans holding statewide office. “They’ve seen a state totally run by our little friends over in the Democratic Party, and they’ve seen the state suffer terribly. It’s time for a change, real change, not hopey-dopey change.”
“After 10 years of one-party rule, voters have to look at the results,” said Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont. “It hasn’t gotten any better; it’s gotten worse.”
The focus of the change is unseating Quinn. Four Republicans are running for governor, making the GOP primary field twice as large as the Democrats’.
“I’d like to put them all in a blender and we’d have a great recipe for success,” said Republican Party state chairman Jack Dorgan.