I’m of a slightly different mind on this these days. While I don’t see any chance that Bush will carry Illinois, there is the issue of forcing the Kerry campaign to spend money here. The date was set long ago, certainly when the RNC was setting the convention dates.
One might argue the contrary case by noting that the Democratic Party seems fine with rewriting election law (Florida 2000, Toricelli/New Jersey, Carnahan/Missouri, Mondale/Minnesota) but I’m not sure that the Republic is well served by having the Republicans do so as well. It would be funny, though, to get those who argued the “fairness” and “choice” side in those elections to declare why Bush shouldn’t be on the Illinois ballot.
No matter how it turns out, though, I’m willing to bet I’ll be amused.