Illinois GOP convention, day 2
Happy Saturday, all.
Highlights of day two of the Illinois GOP Convention in Tinley Park so far:
*Delegate numbers have been finalized, and at-large delegates have been elected for the national convention. Those at-large delegates include Republican House Leader Tom Cross, of Oswego, former governors Jim Edgar and James R. Thompson, House Speaker Denny Hastert, of Plano, and state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
*Demetra Demonte of downstate Pekin and former Illinois GOP Chair Rich Williamson of Kenilworth have been elected as national committeewoman, and committeeman, respectively.
*Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady, of St. Charles, has touted the highlights of the Illinois Victory Program, the state party's strategic election plan recently revamped by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.
*Cross stresses a need for pickup of at least 6 state House and 6 state Senate seats.
*Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock stressed that this year's election is "second only" in importance to 1979. Elections, Schock says, are costly, but so is bad government.
*State Rep. Mike Bost, who made international news with his recent House floor rant against Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, recieved a standing ovation after video of the episode was shown. Bost, of downstate Murphysboro, advises attendees to elect REpublicans to remove Madigan from power.
*Congressman Randy Hultgren of Winfield, a day after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Rosemont, says Republicans have "the story, the candidates, and the will to win" - a sure recipe for success.
Yesterday, Illinois Republicans blocked a move to have their leaders elected directly by voters.
(Democrats, on the other hand, have for years allowed voters to pick their state central committee members.)