The Illinois Republican Party has been trying to tie Democratic candidates to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. But at least one former party leader isn't optimistic about that strategy. Former governor Jim Edgar says the "fire Madigan" campaign is a gimmick.
Winnebago Village Trustee Kris Kieper has been named to the first class of Edgar Fellows to address issues facing the future of Illinois.
Kieper is CEO of the Rockford YWCA and writes a blog for the Rockford Register Star.