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The Illinois Republican Party will again host their convention at the Peoria Civic Center next year. 

The convention was last hosted in Peoria in 2016. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said that experience is what spurred the party to choose the city again. 


An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad."

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CHICAGO - Former President Barack Obama rallied voters in Chicago to support governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and other Democrats.

An outspoken Holocaust denier is likely to appear on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a Chicago-area congressional district.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Chicago to raise money for the Republican National Committee. 

Rauner Releases Tax Returns

Nov 11, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made $188 million last year.  That’s according to tax returns released today.  Rauner’s income this year was more than 3 times the $58 million he made last year.  He earned his fortune as a venture capitalist before taking office in 2014.  

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.

The November election will determine if the balance of power in Illinois politics tips in a direction that will help Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner carry out his agenda or whether Democrats will maintain enough seats to stand in his way. Even with that at stake, Rauner is professing a hands-off approach.

Before he was governor, Rauner was a private equity investor. He became rich by keeping a sharp eye on his investments.

The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party is trying to get all Illinois delegates behind Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Typically - at convention breakfast events - the speakers get the crowd excited about the week ahead and their candidates. Illinois Republican Party chairman Tim Schneider is the party’s top cheerleader and he’s got his work cut out for him. Many Illinois Republicans strongly oppose Trump.

SCHNEIDER: Are you ready to take back the White House in 2016….race?

CROWD: Yeah.

Rauner will skip GOP convention next week

Jul 15, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’ll spend this week taking action on legislation….

instead of spending the week trying to unify the Illinois Republican Party behind Donald Trump.


Rauner has refused to talk about Donald Trump, despite being asked repeatedly by reporters to weigh in on the campaign. The most Rauner has talked about any candidate came during his speech to the Illinois Republican Party in May. And instead of asking the party to unify behind Trump - who Rauner didn’t mention by name in the speech - Rauner asked the party to unify against Hillary Clinton.

Illinois GOP reaffirms support for Trump

Jul 13, 2016

The Illinois Republican Party seems to be changing its tone about Donald Trump’s candidacy - at least a little bit.

When the Illinois Republican Party appointed delegates to the national convention - they picked some people who have been vocal in opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Governor Bruce Rauner won’t talk about Trump - or the presidential campaign. And other top Illinois Republicans are skipping the convention - and have said they won’t support Trump.

These actions led some Trump delegates like Anthony Anderson to say they’re also skipping the conventions, out of protest.

The head of the Illinois Republican Party says he's standing behind Gov. Bruce Rauner's approach, seeking pro-business reforms ahead of agreeing to a state spending plan.  

Former Il GOP leader says Rauner is helping rebuild party

Nov 5, 2014

The former head of the Illinois Republican Party says Bruce Rauner is helping rebuild the state GOP. Rauner’s victory over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn is the first time a Republican has held the governor’s office since 2003. Former party chair Pat Brady says Rauner will be a magnet for voters the GOP needs.

  The Illinois Republican Party says longtime conservative activist Jack Roeser has died. The wealthy businessman spent years on the outside, fighting the party establishment. 

Head of Illinois Republican Party steps down

May 7, 2013

The head of the Illinois Republican Party has resigned. Chairman Pat Brady’s public support of same-sex marriage had sparked controversy among GOP leaders.