For those seeking an early indication of how the Illinois governor's race might swing in the fall, here's one bit of minutia: At the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade (which took place on July 5), Gov. Quinn busily shook hands of spectators lining the parade route. Bill Brady, whose slot in the parade was farther back, smiled and waved but - from my vantage point about a block from the reviewing stand - wasn't shaking any hands.
That wasn't the only suburban parade, of course: Quinn and running mate Sheila Simon also were signed up to march in parades in Elgin, Bartlett, Des Plaines and Evanston.
I don't know how many votes a handshake translates into. But Quinn seemed more determined to tap into that part of the electorate than Brady did.
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