WE ARE ILLINOIS
Illinois Republicans see a chance to recapture control of Springfield
By Greg Hinz - Crain's Chicago Business
For Illinois Republicans, Nov. 2, 1994, was as good as it gets. Not only did they win every election that counted, they took away Michael Madigan's speakership, making Springfield's senior Democrat the minority leader of the Illinois House.
Can they do it again?
Although top-of-the-ticket GOP Senate nominee Mark Kirk and gubernatorial hopeful Bill Brady have stumbled some, 2010 still is shaping up as the kind of year in which the GOP can actually dream. The dreams don't get any more delicious than dispatching Mr. Madigan's majority the year before legislative reapportionment.
"The political environment for us has never been better," says Kevin Artl, political director for House GOP Leader Tom Cross. "If you look at any metric compared to 1994, they're all better."
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SOURCE: Crain's Chicago Business
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