Illinois Republican Party http://wuis.org en Conservative Jack Roeser Left Imprint On State Politics http://wuis.org/post/conservative-jack-roeser-left-imprint-state-politics <p>The Illinois Republican Party says longtime conservative activist Jack Roeser&nbsp; has died. He was 90. The wealthy businessman spent years on the outside, fighting the party establishment.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:38:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 27208 at http://wuis.org Former Diplomat And U.S. Senate Candidate Rich Williamson Dead At 64 http://wuis.org/post/former-diplomat-and-us-senate-candidate-rich-williamson-dead-64 <p>The Illinois Republican Party has confirmed Rich Williamson has died.&nbsp; He passed away Sunday.</p><p>The Chicago resident was a long-time leader in the Illinois GOP. He lost a nationally watched campaign against Carol Moseley Braun in 1992. She went on to become the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. &nbsp;</p><p>Williamson was chairman of the state Republican Party from 1999-2001 and has served as Republican National Committeeman for Illinois since 2010. He served in diplomatic roles under three presidents and authored numerous books and articles. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Associated Press 14619 at http://wuis.org Former Diplomat And U.S. Senate Candidate Rich Williamson Dead At 64 Rauner Picks Running Mate http://wuis.org/post/rauner-picks-running-mate <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has selected Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti as his running mate. &nbsp;<br />The businessman announced his choice Tuesday morning in a statement. &nbsp;<br />Sanguinetti is a lawyer who was once an assistant attorney general in Illinois. She&#39;s the daughter of immigrants and was born in Florida. &nbsp;<br />Rauner is the last 2014 Republican candidate in the race to name a lieutenant governor pick. &nbsp; Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:48:44 +0000 Associated Press 10502 at http://wuis.org Rauner Picks Running Mate ACLU Hires Former GOP Chair's Firm To Lobby For Same Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/aclu-hires-former-gop-chairs-firm-lobby-same-sex-marriage <p>The American Civil Liberties Union has hired a consulting firm started by the Illinois Republican Party's former chairman to help with efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p>Pat Brady left his GOP post earlier this year after he said he supported gay marriage. He later started what he describes as a government affairs firm with Matt Strawn, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:56:52 +0000 Associated Press 7940 at http://wuis.org ACLU Hires Former GOP Chair's Firm To Lobby For Same Sex Marriage