New Illinois GOP leader will be announced today

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The State Central Committee of the Illinois Republican Party will announce a new state party chairman today after a closed meeting in which candidates will be considered.

The announcement is expected to come at about 3:30 p.m. outside of the Ambassador Ballroom of the Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams St., Springfield, according to a committee spokesman.

Members of the public are welcome to listen to the candidates’ opening statements, which will begin at 10 a.m. Each candidate will be given five minutes for opening statements. 

The search for a new party chairman follows the resignation of Pat Brady of St. Charles, who stepped down May 7 after four years.

Brady said he stepped down because he had other professional and political goals.

Also, he said he would focus on his wife’s health, because she has been fighting cancer for the past two years.

The effort to oust Brady was led, in part, by new state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. A key issue was Brady’s support of same-sex marriage, which Oberweis said was contrary to the party line.

Brady had acknowledged his Republican support had diminished in recent months.