Illinois GOP

6:24 am
Tue March 11, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis

Voters will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.  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.  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.

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State News
5:30 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Could Chicago host the next RNC?

The new head of the Illinois GOP says it’s too early to say whether Chicago should host the 2016 Republican National Convention. That could be a tough sell to Chicago’s staunchly Democratic mayor.IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

State Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan was cautious when asked today about the prospects of a Chicago RNC in 2016.

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4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Durkin Tapped to Head Illinois House GOP

Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) bested Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) as Illinois House Republicans’ new leader. Despite a “scuffle” over the leadership post in past days, Durkin and Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield Thursday.
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In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session.  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.

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4:30 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Former IL GOP Pat Brady to Lobby For Same-Sex Marriage

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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.

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State News
7:14 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership

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.

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.

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