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updated: 8/16/2012 8:11 AM

Republicans plan rally at Illinois State Fair

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Republicans plan an Illinois State Fair rally that promises to be much calmer than the one held by Democrats.

Union protesters called Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn a liar and booed throughout his short speech Wednesday. They feel betrayed by his efforts to cancel raises, cut jobs and reduce retirement benefits.

Republicans don't face the same type of internal conflicts. They're largely united behind the idea of cutting costs and reducing pensions without shifting any of the expense to local school districts.

Republican Day at the fair probably will be devoted to promoting the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket and helping congressional candidates. Possible candidates for governor in 2014 will also get a chance to mingle with party activists Thursday.

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