Unless any other shoes drop, the March primary should include four Republicans and two Democrats for governor. The head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says change is needed. Doug Whitley says Illinois Republicans must gain a focus. “(The party should say,) ‘This is what we’re for, this is what we care about, this is how we envision the future of our state.’
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The Republican message for some time now has really been one of being lost and being negative,” Whitley says. “We need a positive vision for the future of the state of Illinois, and both parties should be challenged to come up with that.” Whitley says the chamber normally does not make endorsements in primaries, but that may change. He is optimistic the conference committee on pensions may come up with a solution to that problem, especially keeping in mind it could draft a new bill, as opposed to one of the options the legislature could not complete this year.