Illinois State Fair http://news.stlpublicradio.org en At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-state-fair-illinois-gop-says-budget-economy-key-issues-next-year <p>Illinois Republicans say the state budget and national economy are key to their political fortunes next year.</p><p>They hope to chip away at the Democratic majority in the state legislature and protect the congressional seats they picked up in 2010.</p><p>As they gathered at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Republican leaders accused Democrats of mismanaging the Illinois budget. They criticized the recent income tax increase and Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s proposal to borrow money to pay overdue bills that are piling up.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:59:31 +0000 The Associated Press 1895 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year