07/02/2013 05:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Who Will Lead the Illinois Republican Party?

One of these eight


It has been a tough eight months for the Illinois Republican Party. After the 2012 legislative election cycle resulted in unprecedented Democratic supermajorities in both houses in Springfield, the party was left rudderless as Chairman Pat Brady resigned amid controversy over his support for gay marriage.

As rumors of infighting continue to plague the Grand Old Party, the Illinois Republican State Central Committee faces no small task as it meets in Springfield this weekend to select a new leader.

Among the eight prospective candidates are three of the central committee's own: Jack Dorgan of Rosemont, Chicago native Angel Garcia and Lake Forest attorney Mark Shaw.

Other suitors include Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider, Tea Party darling Joe Walsh, suburban conservative Jim Nalepa, former Illinois Lieutenant Governor hopeful Don Tracy and Chicago-based attorney Lori Yokoyama.

Can a new leader breathe new life into the once-mighty Illinois GOP? Some think so... Only time, and votes, will tell.