The Illinois Leader broke another story: Andy McKenna is the new Chair of the Illinois Republican Party.
I wonder why Tom Cross or Frank Watson aren't leading the party. Maybe that's a better set-up, so there isn't any conflict between the needs of the legislative leader and the state party. I mean, Speaker Madigan is a brilliant guy, but it probably isn't the best situation that he is the party chair as well. It's not like Denny Hastert is the Chair of the RNC or Nancy Pelosi is the Chair of the DNC. Having someone else to focus full-time on helping to build the Illinois Democratic Party is probably a better move.
Maybe there's an exception for Michael Madigan because he's generally considered to be the hardest working and best strategist in Illinois politics. But that's a stretch. He's got to be over-worked now. We should probably have someone else be the Chair.
UPDATE: The Cross bloggers are claiming proper credit for breaking the story and I defer to them in all things GOP.