Local GOP Picks Disgraced Illinois Lawmaker's Replacement

Aug 20, 2018
Haym Salomon Center

CHICAGO - Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of a conservative radio host and former Illinois congressman, will replace a former state lawmaker who resigned after being accused of sharing nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online.

Former state Rep. Nick Sauer has withdrawn from the November election ballot after an ex-girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos of her online.

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media.

Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He's also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was "deeply troubled" by President Donald Trump's seeming support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin in public comments. 

A state senator has officially thrown his hat into Illinois' high-profile and expensive governor's race.

Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.

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.