Illinois gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey resumes calling Chicago a ‘hellhole’ at state fair’s GOP day
Darren Bailey, Republican candidate for governor, talks to reporters after speaking at a rally on Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. - Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Darren Bailey, who had tempered his criticism of Chicago since winning the Republican nomination for governor, returned to calling the state’s largest city a crime-ridden “hellhole” Thursday in playing to a downstate crowd during the GOP’s annual day at the Illinois State Fair. “Our legislators are going soft on criminals to the point where they’ve made Chicago a hellhole, friends,” Bailey, who is challenging first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, told an audience of several hundred people at the director’s lawn at the state fairgrounds. “Chicago, that once great city, w...