Pelosi makes a stop at Illinois State Fair

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke Wednesday during the Governor’s Day brunch. (Dave Dahl/WJBC)


By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – “A mainstream agenda can also be a progressive agenda. It’s been proven in Illinois; let’s make that happen for the rest of the country.”

That’s what U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to say at the Governor’s Day brunch Wednesday, a high point of state fair week in Springfield.

Two of the men on the program praised Pelosi’s tenacity in taking on President Trump.

“Thank God we didn’t send a man to do a woman’s job,” said Gov. JB Pritzker.

“She frightens this president so much — so much!” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), “that he is afraid to give her a sarcastic nickname.”

The last two years, this event has drawn people who are now running for president: Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — and Buttigieg was a fill-in for the original guest, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Thursday is Republican Day at the fair, with the minority whip, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) the featured speaker.

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