SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn canceled the State Fair's traditional Governor's Day for the second year in a row, he told reporters at the official opening Friday. Quinn's reason was that a visit to the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday - which has for years celebrated the current governor's political party - shouldn't be a day of politics, but a day of music and family. The IL GOP does plan to celebrate Republican Day on Thursday at the State Fair with a luncheon and rally at noon at the Director's Lawn.
So what's the real reason the governor canceled Governor's Day? Here's what happened at the last Governor's Day August 15, 2012 - AFSCME and other state employee unions were steaming over the governor backing away from union agreements, and they let him know.
This election, these same union members are stuck between what they perceive as a disagreeable Democrat candidate for re-election as governor and a Republican candidate that is a potential threat to their welfare. Quinn won't say it, but it may be he simply doesn't want to take a chance and provide Rauner with footage like this to use in a campaign ad: