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12/06/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Power Shakeup In Illinois Legislature

The Illinois Senate that Barack Obama left behind now is in a mad scramble over who will lead both the Democrats and Republicans.

Following Tuesday's election, Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson (R-Greenville) decided to step down from GOP leadership after a recent stroke. Back in September, Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) said he wouldn't run again.

The jockeying for Senate leadership unfolds as House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) appeared to enjoy a pick-up of a net three seats. One Republican casualty is longtime Rep. Brent Hassert of Romeoville, part of the leadership team of House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego.

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