ILLINOIS: Bertie's Day

The million Illinoisans who went to their 90th State Fair in Springfield last week had fun. They squished happily through the straw-covered mud of the midway, saw a cow sculptured in 500 Ibs. of butter, ate prodigious quantities of hot dogs, drank gallons of sickening sweet orangeade, bought ''chameleons from Cuba," had the Lord's Prayer engraved on pennies, and knowingly appraised prize livestock.

But of all the exhibits, none attracted more attention than the entries in the political section. Illinois farmers, sweltering through hot, humid days, got a look at assorted bosses and water carriers, each...