June 14, 2011


Kirk Takes Reins of Illinois GOP

Little more than six months since he was sworn in, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) "has raised his profile and evolved into Illinois' senior Republican," the Chicago Tribune reports.

"For decades, Illinois' Republican leadership came from governors -- James Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan. But the scandals that surrounded the now-imprisoned Ryan and the inability of the GOP to recapture the governor's office the last three elections have elevated Kirk to the premier partisan role in the state."










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