- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner and his fellow Republicans are set to take the stage at the Illinois State Fair.

The first GOP Governor’s Day in more than a decade comes as Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature remain deadlocked over a state budget.

Among the speakers at Wednesday’s rally is state Sen. Darin LaHood. He’s seeking the seat vacated Aaron Schock in a Sept. 10 special election.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk - who’s in what’s expected to be one of the toughest 2016 re-election contests - won’t attend. His spokeswoman says Kirk is in briefings regarding President Obama’s proposed deal with Iran.

The day won’t be all cheerleading. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol late Wednesday, where Democrats are expected to override a Rauner veto of union-related legislation.

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