I photographed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during a rally at small music venue in Chicago, just one stop on his nationwide presidential campaign. His fans paid $50 each to see him speak at the fundraiser.
The next day, it was off to Springfield for a mix of Democrats, Republicans and livestock at the Illinois State Fair. Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the "Sale of Champions" livestock auction and purchased the Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, Scotty, for $61,000 from McClean County teen Taylor Donelson. He plans to donate the meat the University of Illinois. Money from the auction is split among the young exhibitors, including Future Farmers of America and 4-H.
Governor's Day at the fair included a barbecue lunch for attending politicians and supporters of the GOP who showed up to cheer for Gov. Rauner and his fellow Republicans and loudly boo the mention of Democrat House Speak Michael Madigan. A group of protesters (who did not get the lunch) stood outside the gathering, vocalizing their anger over Gov. Rauner's budget cuts.
The Democrats got their turn the following day, with a brief appearance and speech from Speaker Madigan, and longer speeches from the likes of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and others, but far less turnout from supporters.
The animals of the state fair proved much more interesting and I wandered around to find their handlers bathing, scrubbing, milking and brushing them for show.