One of Illinois's top Republican statewide officials hopes her party will choose a more moderate chairman. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is herself a former state GOP chair. Appearing live on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show," Topinka said the party needs to elect a new chair this weekend who will bring people together, not an "extremist" who will alienate blocs of voters.
But Topinka is declining to take sides yet in the upcoming GOP race for governor. Her fellow constitutional officer, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, will announce his campaign this weekend. But Topinka says it's too soon to endorse anyone until more is known about the field of contenders.