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Trump coming to Illinois the weekend before the state primary

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Donald Trump speaks at Arizona rally.

Donald Trump will make an appearance in western Illinois, just days before the primary election. Trump's Save America PAC made the announcement with a sign up page for those who wish to attend. The event will be Saturday June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds Mendon.

There has been speculation the former president would visit Illinois on behalf of Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-Oakland). The first term Republican is squaring off in a primary against Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) in the newly drawn 15th District.

The Quincy Herald Whig this week reported Trump’s team put down a deposit on the fairgrounds in advance of a a rally. But confirmation didn't happen until Thursday.

The Illinois primary is June 28, although early voting has been underway for a few weeks.

Trump endorsed Miller earlier this year, even though Davis had chaired Trump’s re-election campaign in Illinois. Davis also voted in favor of the January 6th Committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol.

The former president's appearance could boost Miller's campaign. A WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times poll found more than two-thirds of the state’s GOP voters believe Trump actually won the 2020 election. And nearly nine out of 10 still like him.

Trump has gotten involved in several other primary races across the country.

It remains unclear if he will make an endorsement in the Republican primary for governor. State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) has openly courted Trump's support. He is leading in recent polls over other candidates.

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