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Illinois Republican Party
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Party Chairman Pat Brady
Senate Leader Christine Radogno
House Leader Tom Cross
Headquarters Springfield, Illinois
Political ideology Conservatism, Center-right
National affiliation Republican Party
Color(s) Red
Web Site

The Illinois Republican Party is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Illinois. As of 2009, it has been chaired by Pat Brady. The party is one of only three legally established, statewide political parties in Illinois, the others being the Democratic and Green parties.


Past Chairmen (Partial List)

Chairman Term
Rebecca Paul co-chairman ~1985 with Adams
Victor L. Smith 1960–1973[1]
Donald "Doc" Adams 1973–1988[1]
Al Jourdan 1988–1993[2]
Harold Byron Smith 1993–1999[3]
Richard S. Williamson 1999–2002[4]
Lee A. Daniels 2001–2002[5]
Dallas Ingemunson 2002 (interim)[6]
Gary MacDougal 2002–2002[7]
Judy Baar Topinka 2002–2005[8]
Andrew McKenna 2005–2009[9]
Pat Brady 2009–present


The Republican Party in Illinois was created from the former Whig Party in Illinois after its members joined with several powerful local political factions including, notably, the Independent Democrat movement of Chicago that helped elect James Hutchinson Woodworth Mayor in 1848.

The early Illinois Republican party enjoyed many members from commerce who shared the vision of Illinois generally, and Chicago in particular, as a gateway to the Western frontier of the United States. The early party members quickly identified their shared anti-slavery sentiment which further differentiated them from the older parties based on the East Coast. Many early members of the party failed to gain statewide office or election to the United States Congress due to this anti-slavery view, although this early position of the party in Illinois would later propel several candidates to prominent office, including the Governorship of Illinois won by Richard Yates, and in the mid 1850s, the election of former Chicago Mayor James Hutchinson Woodworth to one term in the United States House of Representatives.

On May 9-10, 1860 the Illinois Republican State Convention was held in Decatur. At this convention Abraham Lincoln received his first endorsement for president of the United States.


  1. ^ a b Chicago Sun-Times. Does Anyone Want GOP Leadership? June 23, 1993
  2. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jourdan Picked to Head State GOP Party. January 10, 1988.
  3. ^ Chicago Sun-Times. GOP Taps Suburb Businessman (Smith) as State Chairman. July 7, 1993.
  4. ^ Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois. Williamson Appointed As State's Top Republican. April 16, 1999
  5. ^ Chicago Sun-Times. Daniels set to lead state GOP. Dave McKinney. November 14, 2001.
  6. ^ Crain's Chicago Business. GOP selects interim chief.(Ingemunson following Daniels). July 15, 2002.
  7. ^ The Southern Illinoisan. Conservative welfare reformer named head of state GOP. July 27, 2002.
  8. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Topinka is Tapped to Lead Illinois Republican Party. November 27, 2002
  9. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Businessman will lead Illinois GOP. January 16, 2005

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