GOP en Thoughts from the new IL GOP chair <div>The new chairman of the Illinois GOP says Republicans will need to reach outside their party if they want to win the governor’s race. &nbsp;Tim Schneider has his work cut out for him.</div><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:57:11 +0000 Alex Keefe 23550 at Thoughts from the new IL GOP chair Rauner trying to court labor groups? <div>Now that he's Republicans nominee, it seems like Bruce Rauner is backing away from a campaign mantra.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:22:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20503 at Rauner trying to court labor groups? Republican Gov. candidates open to more nuclear facilities <div>The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they are open to adding nuclear facilities in the state.</div><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:53:28 +0000 Tony Arnold 18514 at Republican Gov. candidates open to more nuclear facilities Emanuel criticizes Rauner on min. wage stance <p></p><div>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is criticizing his close friend running for Illinois governor - after he back-pedaled his stance on minimum wage. &nbsp;Bruce Rauner is a venture capitalist running for governor as a Republican. &nbsp;Rauner recently changed positions on what Illinois’ minimum wage should be. &nbsp;A month ago - Rauner said the state should reduce its minimum wage. &nbsp;Now - he says the entire country should raise it. &nbsp;Mayor Emanuel says reducing the minimum wage is a backwards idea.</div><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:59:04 +0000 Tony Arnold 17397 at Emanuel criticizes Rauner on min. wage stance Schock Takes Criticism <p>A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. Even so, it does not appear he will be challenged in next year’s primary. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz reports.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:21:32 +0000 Daryl Scott 13623 at Schock Takes Criticism Hastert compares government shutdowns <div>Denny Hastert wasn&#39;t the Speaker of the U.S. House during the last government shutdown, but he was an Illinois Congressman in 1995 and &#39;96. &nbsp;He told IPR&rsquo;S Amanda Vinicky, this time is different.</div><div><p>Hastert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says back then, Republicans were trying to get a handle on spending. He says it worked.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:44:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13088 at Hastert compares government shutdowns GOP gubernatorial candidates react to Daley dropping out of race <div>Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed reactions to Democrat Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the race. IPR'S&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lauren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Chooljian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news about Daley came just weeks after he announced his candidacy.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daley says he realized he wasn’t up for the quote “enormity” of campaigning.</span></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:16:25 +0000 Lauren Chooljian 12105 at Durkin Tapped to 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 Durkin Tapped to Head Illinois House GOP IL House Republican Leader To Step Down <p>Wednesday, Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross told colleagues he would soon step down. As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, there are a handful of lawmakers who've already set their sights on his job.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Republicans say Cross told them he'd resign as leader in October. He reportedly didn't say what his plans are, although it's widely rumored he intends to run for state treasurer.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:09:24 +0000 Daryl Scott 10762 at IL House Republican Leader To Step Down IL Republicans at crossroads <p>Illinois Republicans are at a crossroads. The party has a historically small number of people in the Illinois Senate, and a small minority in the House, too.&nbsp;But Republicans are also hopeful about 20-14, when they have the chance to win back the Illinois governor's office, ending 12 years of Democratic rule.&nbsp;Party leaders and candidates rallied in Springfield Thursday at the Illinois State Fair. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the men competing for the top of the ticket each say they're uniquely qualified to revive the Illinois Republican Party</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:42:12 +0000 Brian Mackey 10514 at IL Republicans at crossroads