Illinois GOP http://peoriapublicradio.org en U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/us-senate-candidate-republican-jim-oberweis <p>Voters will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.&nbsp; It's a race between two suburban businessmen, Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis. The Oberweis name is recognizable for the Illinois based dairy business his family started and still owns along with an investment firm. Oberweis, who is 67, is also known for his previous five failed campaigns.&nbsp; He won a state Senate seat in 2012. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford talked with Oberweis about some of the issues and why he decided to seek higher office this year.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:24:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 19931 at http://peoriapublicradio.org U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis Could Chicago host the next RNC? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/could-chicago-host-next-rnc <div>The new head of the Illinois GOP says it’s too early to say whether Chicago should host the 2016 Republican National Convention.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That could be a tough sell to Chicago’s staunchly Democratic mayor.</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Republican Party Chairman Jack </span>Dorgan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was cautious when asked today about the prospects of a Chicago RNC in 2016.</span></p></div><div> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:30:34 +0000 Alex Keefe 14940 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Could Chicago host the next RNC? Durkin Tapped to Head Illinois House GOP http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durkin-tapped-head-illinois-house-gop <div>In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session. &nbsp;It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down. He's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer.</div><div> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:11:50 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11176 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durkin Tapped to Head Illinois House GOP Former IL GOP Pat Brady to Lobby For Same-Sex Marriage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/former-il-gop-pat-brady-lobby-same-sex-marriage <p><br>Pat Brady 130827 abk<br><br>8-27-ATC<br>keefe/AA<br><br><br><br>The American Civil Liberties Union is hoping to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois with the help of a new lobbyist- the former head of the state Republican Party. IPR's Alex Keefe reports.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Daryl Scott 11041 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Former IL GOP Pat Brady to Lobby For Same-Sex Marriage Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lisa-madigans-decision-not-run-governor-could-shake-republican-leadership <div>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to run for re-election will have its biggest effect on the democratic primary for governor. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it could also lead to a change in leadership among Republicans in the Illinois House.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who's been House Minority Leader since 2002, says "many" people approached him to consider running for AG when it was thought Madigan was likely to run for governor.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:14:43 +0000 Brian Mackey 9234 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership