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Green: What the heck has happened to Illinois Republicans?

Paul GreenInstitute of Politics at Roosevelt University

Mar 11, 2014

Jim Thompson's 1976 election victory started a 26-year period of Republican governors in Illinois. Jim Thompson’s 1976 election victory started a 26-year period of Republican governors in Illinois.

On paper this should be the election year where the Illinois Republican party bounces back from near obscurity. President Barack Obama is in the middle of his second term and historically, off-year elections in this situation favor the “out” party – even in the President’s home state.

Governor Pat Quinn has terrible favorable ratings, the state faces budget…

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