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State

Succession strategy approved to try to remove GOP Chair Brady

Illinois Republican State Central Committeemen have approved a succession strategy to possibly replace Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.

The move Saturday came after Brady, of St. Charles, made comments in January about supporting same-sex marriage. State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, had helped lead the effort to oust Brady by trying to set up meetings to discuss the party leader’s comments.

Oberweis attempted to set up a meeting in February to discuss Brady’s comments, but failed to get the support needed to convene a meeting. Another meeting was scheduled in March, but Brady had indicated that he would be out of town, and some state central committeemen thought Brady should be in attendance, so the meeting was canceled.

Oberweis previously said that Brady’s open support of same-sex marriage is “a question of corporate governance” in breaking with party lines.

“It is important going forward that we have a chairman that will bring people together in the Republican Party rather than divide and alienate people,” Oberweis said Tuesday.

During a meeting at the Tinley Park Convention Center, the succession strategy was approved by 87 percent of the weighted votes of GOP state central committee members, Oberweis said. As part of that move, one state central committee member is tasked with finding a successor.

It could take about a month before the findings from the succession panel are revisited.

Brady did not return a message seeking comment. His term ends in March 2014.

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