IL GOP leaders choose new chairman

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Illinois Republicans have selected a new party chairman after a long closed-door meeting.

State committeeman and lobbyist Jack Dorgan , 53, as the state’s new GOP chairman.

Dorgan, a village trustee in Rosemont, served as the chief political strategist for former Mayor Donald Stephens.

After a disappointing election performance by Republicans last November, party members consider Dorgan a consensus candidate with the potential to bring Illinois conservatives and moderates together.

Post-election in-fighting regarding former chairman Pat Brady’s support of a bill to legalize gay marriage led to his resignation earlier this month.

Brady said he made the endorsement personally, not as Republican chairman.

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