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Expect More Dictatorship in Springfield After 2016 Elections

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Why should we care about what happens in contested state legislative races all over the state this ye...

Rauner to Illinois GOP: "No Way Hillary Clinton Gets Elected"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.23.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

PEORIA -- As I left the 2016 Illinois Republican Party convention Saturday, I couldn't decide if I had just witnessed the death knell of the once migh...

Former Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh Claims He's 'Seriously Considering' A Senate Run

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) doesn't appear to be content with fading graciously into obscurity after failing to return to Congress for a second ter...

Rauner-linked Nursing Home "Bust Out" Case Goes to Trial This Month

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 11.07.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Things are about to get very real for Mr. Rauner. The man has gone to great lengths to cloak the details of his business dealings, a task made easier by the privately held structure of GTCR.

Rauner Camp Brings A Gun To A Petition Fight

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Friday, August 22 was a very bad day for GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. He lost on two fronts.

Right, Yeah, a Buffer. Bruce Rauner Had a Lot of Buffers.

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Illinois GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner had some explaining to do last week when news broke of the federal indictment of two high level execut...

State GOP Officials Pay The Price After Taking Stance Against Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

A number of Illinois GOP officials who wanted to remove former state Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady after he publicly supported same-sex marriage...

Why the Illinois GOP Might Be Considering a Name Change to the Grand 'New' Party

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Margaret M. Kruse

Over the last couple years, Illinois' Grand Old Party has been receiving messages from its voter base letting them know that their rusty, old machine ...

Former GOP Congressman's Son Sentenced For Selling Oxycodone To High School Students

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

George Washington Crane V, the son of former Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.), was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for selling oxycodone pills to high ...

Bruce Rauner, GOP Punching Bag?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A Republican candidate in Illinois' gubernatorial race said the Land of Lincoln is so broken, his youngest child equates the state's highest office wi...

Republicans Finally Get Some Good News With Erika Harold Candidacy

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

If Erika Harold prevails she would become the first female African-American Republican congressman in American history. There have been black male Republican congressmen, but never a black woman on the GOP side from any state.

No Sign of Leadership in Race for New Illinois GOP Chair

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Illinois GOP wants to convince voters that it's ready again to run an entire state - the nation's fifth most populous. But it will all remain a sad fantasy as long as we're stuck with officials who can't even run a decent meeting of an organization that's now scarcely more than a little club.

Key Donor: State GOP's Internal Quarrels 'Destroying' Their Party

Posted 05.10.2013 | Chicago

A key Republican donor lashed out Thursday against the Illinois GOP when he blamed the party's most conservative leaders of "destroying" their 2014 el...

Push for IL GOP Chair's Ouster Goes Far Beyond Gay Marriage Dustup

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Illinois Republicans are today hobbled by a weak leader more concerned with appeasement than winning. The good news is that some Republicans are finally finding a spine.

Joe Walsh: Gay Marriage-Supporting State GOP Chairman Should Quit

Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

Forget feuding with Democrats — ex-Illinois Congressman and tea party-favorite Joe Walsh can't seem to stop sparring with leaders of his own party. ...

Illinois GOP Unveils Hispanic Outreach Strategy

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When you're a Republican in Illinois, sometimes all you can do is laugh. So here goes.

Why Aaron Schock Will Never Be Governor of Illinois

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.16.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

If a guy can't even get the simple stuff within a shrinking party organization of which he is a part, why would we possibly trust him with the government of an entire state -- especially one as large and important as Illinois?

Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and Crew Must Resign

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Illinois Republican Party officially imploded this week. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it a "bloodbath." That's putting it mildly.

State GOP Chair Seeks to Outsource Republican Primary

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.30.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When we've got a State GOP Chairman who thinks the biggest problem with the Republican Party is that Republicans are voting too much, is anyone surprised?

Republican Illinois Governor Race Heats Up At RNC

Posted 08.29.2012 | Chicago

With some of Illinois' top Republican politicians gathered in Tampa for the GOP convention, the topic of Illinois' governorship was bound to come up. ...

Party Hack Behind IL GOP Money Transfer Scheme Gets Nod for Congress

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.22.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Rodney Davis was chosen Saturday to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson on the ballot this November.

Why the Illinois GOP Has Republicans Worried Nationally

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 06.16.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When two of your top party officials think the biggest problem with the Republican Party is that Republicans are participating too much, you can probably expect big problems.

Downstate Voters Supporting Santorum

Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago

As predicted, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is ahead of fellow GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in a recent Illinois poll -- but the mar...

Why The GOP Presidential Nominees Should Care About Illinois

Posted 03.05.2012 | Chicago

While most political observers believe President Barack Obama will win Illinois in 2012, the Democrat-controlled state could still be an important pla...

State GOP Leaders 'Celebrate' Tax Hike Anniversary

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

Leading Illinois Republicans on Thursday lashed out against the state's income tax hike as a "failure" one year to the day after it was approved by Go...