The Rock Island County Democratic Party's 46th annual Salute to Labor picnic on Monday boasts a broad lineup of speakers, including the two men seeking the party's nomination for governor of Illinois and the two members of Congress representing the Quad-City region.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Bill Daley, the former chief of staff for President Barack Obama, will speak during the picnic at Illiniwek Park in Hampton. So will U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa.
The county party announced the lineup of guests in a news release Friday.
Doug House, the county party chairman, said he is pleased with the lineup of speakers. He said it demonstrates the area's importance in terms of electing Democrats statewide.
Daley is challenging Quinn for the party's gubernatorial nomination, and neither man has shied away from criticizing the other. Quinn is seeking a second full term.
Also speaking will be Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, who is running for state treasurer of Illinois.
Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and Reps. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, and Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, also are scheduled to speak.
Speeches begin about 1:30 p.m. The picnic is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.
Adult tickets are $10, and kids younger than 12 years will be admitted for $6. House said the event is family-friendly, including a bounce house for kids.
This year, UAW Local 1896 President Lauren Boswell-Loftin will be honored, as will IBEW PAC chairman Carl Robinson. There also will be a special tribute to the late Dick Fallow, a labor leader for several decades in the Quad-Cities.
For more information, call the county Democratic Party at 309-786-8337 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.