Illinois Republican Party officials say they've reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state veteran's home.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

The Republican floor leader in the Illinois House says a GOP candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign has pulled a TV ad featuring Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who's facing allegations he blackmailed a woman to keep her quiet about their affair. 

Rauner to Face Primary Challenger in 2018

Dec 5, 2017

It’s official: on Mon., Gov. Bruce Rauner drew an opponent in next year’s Republican primary. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

Congressman Davis Ready for Tax Cuts

Oct 20, 2017

A central Illinois congressman is ready to vote for tax cuts.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says President Donald Trump's comments about a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia "damage America." 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's determined to fight a "corrupt political machine in Chicago" and its "special deals" as he seeks a second term.

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

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Republican state Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon is proposing deep cuts to get to a balanced budget, without any accompanying tax hikes. 

The Republican’s proposal includes a 10 percent reduction across state government. McCarter says he has nothing to lose. He’s pledged to term limit himself out of the general assembly and is not seeking re-election. But he acknowledges that this sort of plan is difficult for many politicians to get behind. That’s why he says Gov. Rauner should lead the way by identifying specific cuts. 

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Some Republicans running for office in Illinois are following the lead of Gov. Bruce Rauner -- They’re trying to avoid any talk of Donald Trump.

Candidates running for down ballot races in DuPage County were asked at a League of Women’s Voters forum on Sunday who they’re supporting for president.


State Representative Peter Breen of Lombard is the Republican incumbent.


He may be the state's highest-ranking Republican. But Governor Bruce Rauner today continued to be cagey about where he stands on Donald Trump. Rauner has been asked about Trump by reporters time and time again. He usually answers something like this:

Rauner's Money Helps Republicans be Competitive

Sep 27, 2016

The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party says Governor Bruce Rauner’s money is helping the GOP compete in many campaigns where Republicans were not competitive before.  Democrats in Springfield hold supermajorities in both the Illinois House and Senate.  And Republicans are now targeting several incumbent Democrats to cut down on that supermajority.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to upend the state's political establishment.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has contributed $16 million to fund GOP candidates in House and Senate races to try to loosen the Democrats' supermajorities in each chamber. Of that money, $13 million has already been disbursed to various candidates. That's four times what the Illinois Republican Party Committee spent on races in all of 2012.

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The outspoken conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has passed away.  She was 92 and died at her home in St Louis Monday. Schlafly was a vocal leader on the far right for decades.  In the 1970's,  she led a fight against the Equal Rights Amendment.  A lot of that centered on Illinois and played out at the statehouse.  Taylor Pensoneau had a front row seat as a state government reporter. 


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The longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has died.  Her family says she passed away at her St. Louis home Monday.  Illinois became ground zero in the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970's.  Schlafly led the fight against it. In a 2011 interview with the Lincoln Presidential Library's Oral History Project, Schlafly explained what she saw as the strategies for both sides.

A Party Divided: Where Does the GOP Go From Here?

Jul 22, 2016
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Republicans returning to Illinois from the Republican National Convention remain divided despite a week that was supposed to bring unity. Trump delegates are wary of the Illinois Republican Party which has been slow to embrace their candidate. While those in the party tried to argue Trump supporters would be more successful if they embraced the party structure. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold and Lauren Chooljian report on where the two sides go from here.





Looking for Diversity in the Illinois RNC Delegation

Jul 22, 2016
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The GOP been talking for years about the need to do more minority outreach. Illinois leaders like former Governor Jim Edgar said at the Republican National Convention in 2008 that it should be a goal. And the RNC autopsy of the 2012 election recommended a dedicated campaign for black, Hispanics and Asian voters. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky did a diversity check with this year’s delegation in Cleveland.


Illinois Trump Delegates Lukewarm About 2016 RNC

Jul 13, 2016
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Some Illinois delegates for Donald Trump are not going to go to the Republican National Convention next week to actually nominate their candidate. They say their decision to not go - is because of the tepid support Trump has received from the Illinois Republican Party. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports.


Illinois House Republicans are launching automated phone calls blasting Democrats who voted for a state spending plan they say would lead to a $7 billion budget deficit.  The House GOP's campaign organization started the so-called "robocalls" to voters in seven legislative districts where Republicans hope to unseat incumbents in November.


Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to 

break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.  Kirk says the Senate should "man up and cast a vote." 

Chicago Public Schools officials say top Republicans' proposal for a state takeover of the nation's third-largest school district is a "sideshow" to school funding formula problems in the state. 

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US Senator Dick Durbin says it’s too early to say who could come away with the GOP nomination for President. The Illinois Democrat says that with the Iowa Caucuses two weeks away… he believes even most Republicans couldn’t yet answer that question.

Durbin says in his experience… voters need to wait until early March, after a few primaries and caucuses… to get a true sense of who’s leading. But the Senator admits surprise with Donald Trump’s high polling numbers: