A national Republican official who lives in Pekin is predicting a return to prominence for the Illinois party. Demetra DeMonte, the Republican National Committee secretary, says it will start with the election of Bruce Rauner, whom DeMonte credits with business acumen and team-building skills. Besides, she says, the Founding Fathers “wanted people from the outside coming in and then leaving,” not “career politicians” running things.
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A statewide race many would see as less close than the gubernatorial race would be the attempt by State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) to take out incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). His path to victory? “Working hard,” DeMonte says. “Getting soldiers on the ground. One never knows what is going to happen. Obamacare is such a mess. If Republicans come out and Democrats don’t – there’s a chance.” DeMonte spoke to a Republican audience in Springfield.