Illinois GOP Chairman Timothy Schneider was just 22, fresh out of University of Illinois and helping his father run their family's Elgin area golf course when he was introduced to the power of politics.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is publicly preaching party unity on the campaign trail. But behind the scenes, Rauner is quietly leading an effort to purge conservatives from the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, which governs the party and has elections this month.
State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), who frustrated party leaders by voting for a 32 percent income tax increase last summer, now is refusing to publicly oppose a much larger proposed income tax increase.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider (R-Bartlett) is president of an Elgin car wash that owes $21,448 in overdue property taxes from 2016, according to the Cook County Treasurer.
Evanston Township GOP Chief and Illinois Lottery Control Board Chairman J. Blair Garber has made his Twitter account private, after a Springfield newspaper reported comments he made about East St. Louis, calling it "the shithole of the universe."