Jim Edgar is giving out plenty of free advice to Illinois Republicans. The former governor dares to use three C words few people today may associate with his party. “We need to be willing to compromise, we need to be civil, and we need to be compassionate,” says Edgar, advocating a “strong two-party system.”

Edgar, who has been out of office for 15 years, says there simply are not enough Republican voters in the state. “You’ve got to have independents, and you’ve got to have some Democrats (vote for you if you are going to win) in the general election.”

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Edgar says the attorney general, Lisa Madigan, will be formidable but not unbeatable if she runs for governor. He says years of poor results under 12 years of Democratic governors, as well as any stigma from being named Madigan, could hurt her.

The attorney general’s father is the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and also the chairman of the state’s Democratic Party.

Edgar, who is from Charleston, would also like to see some Downstate representation, pointing out the governor and two top legislative leaders are all Chicagoans.

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