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11:59 am
Thu August 18, 2011

At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year

A view of the 2011 Illinois State Fair.
(via Flickr/syslfrog)

Illinois Republicans say the state budget and national economy are key to their political fortunes next year.

They hope to chip away at the Democratic majority in the state legislature and protect the congressional seats they picked up in 2010.

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's proposal to borrow money to pay overdue bills that are piling up.