SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Policy disputes trumped party unity Wednesday as Illinois Democrats gathered for a perfunctory celebration of Governor's Day at the state fair.

Unions protested Gov. Pat Quinn's attempt to cancel raises promised in labor contracts with state government, while Quinn blamed legislators. Scores of people attended the state fair rally clad in orange T-shirts urging Quinn to sign a huge expansion of gambling. Quinn, however, continued criticizing the legislation without saying how he would like to see it changed.

State Democratic Chairman Michael Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House, was nowhere to be seen, nor was Sen. Dick Durbin or most other Democrats in the state's congressional delegation.

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