Good news: State Representative Paul Froehlich (R-Schaumburg) will join the Democratic Party on Wednesday.
Paul is an excellent legislator: an institutionalist who cares about policy and pays attention to the details. He is an electoral reformer, consistently standing up for more transparency and accountability in government. He's unafraid to take on unpopular issues that advance justice but won't win many votes, and he's probably the most aggressive white legislator of either party that reaches out to issues that matter to the Black and Latino Caucuses.
When Washington Republicans get crazy, I always looked to legislators like Paul as evidence that Illinois Republicans kept a level head. Unfortunately (for them) a few of their influential leaders decided to wage angry crusades against independent legislators like Paul, preferring a purged party to a heterogeneous caucus. Well, they've got it now.
The Democratic Party is fortunate to have an advocate for justice and reformer like Paul Froehlich among our ranks.
I'm glad our party leaders all recognize the value of a diverse caucus.