Illinois Republicans vow turnaround in 2014


Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Republican Party is vowing to recapture the governor's mansion and key congressional races to try and end years of Democratic control.
Party officials gathered in Springfield Thursday morning for a campaign kickoff breakfast and state central committee meeting. All four of the Republican gubernatorial primary bidders made speeches.
State comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state is adrift and in financially dire straits in Democratic hands and urged attendees to campaign hard in the months ahead.
The party is coming off major losses in 2012, as well as a recent gay marriage flap that eventually prompted the resignation of former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady.
Republicans now head to the state fairgrounds for a public event, where U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk will serve as the keynote speaker.

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