Illinois House Republicans are speeding up their vote for a new caucus leader.
That vote had originally been scheduled for mid-September… but will now be held Thursday.
The change appears to favor suburban Representative Jim Durkin… and may hurt the chances of Springfield lawmaker Raymond Poe.
Poe says the schedule change may keep some of his supporters away when the vote is taken.
The move comes after Chicago business leader Ty Fahner warned Republicans that they risk losing business support if they back Poe… because Poe has sided with AFSCME and other public sector unions in the pension reform fight.