UPDATE 1x: Cook County Lee Roupas's response is below.
After the Sun-Times' expose this week on Cicero brothers Jeff and Craig Pesek, Pesek has reportedly resigned from his position on the IL GOP's State Central Committee. Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica, a Republican in the 4th CD, commented:
The resignation of Craig Pesek as GOP State Central Committeeman (3rd Dist.) is yet another example of the decay in the Cook County GOP which could not win even one aldermanic seat, the governor's race, or any state rep/senate seats in Cook County that matter.
Peraica said the situation surrounding Pesek strengthens arguments for the State Central Committee members' direct elections.
Embarrassing allegations about Craig Pesek lend yet even more credence to the argument for direct election of GOP State Central Committee members. Conservatives and Tea Party members need to use this embarrassment as a clarion call for even greater hands-on action at the grass root level to elect candidates we can be proud of.
Illinois Review has contacted the IL GOP and the Cook County GOP for responses.
From Cook County GOP Chairman Lee Roupas at 9:43 AM:
"It's no secret that Republicans in Cook County face a challenging landscape. Nonetheless, the Cook County Republican Party has made real progress having played an instrumental role in three statewide victories, a pick up at the Cook County Board of Review, a pick up in the 66th Representative District, and a hold of the 10th Congressional District. In fact, Dan Patlack's victory for the Board of Review represents the first county office turned Republican in over 15 years."
"The irony of Mr. Peraica's comment is that he took tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from Craig Pesek, hosted campaign events at Mr. Pesek's night club, introduced Mr. Pesek to Republican Party leaders, and then fought tooth and nail to ensure that Mr. Pesek won a seat on the State Central Committee. If Republicans are embarrassed over these recent allegations, they should call Tony Peraica and thank him."
A quote from the ILGOP in the Sun Times story:
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said Craig Pesek had done “nothing wrong” but that Pesek offered his resignation Thursday from his seat on the state central committee representing the 4th Congressional District to avoid creating distractions for the party.
“Craig just recognized that sometimes in politics that perception is reality, whether fair or not, and decided this is the best course to take,” Brady said.“This is difference between the Republican and the Democratic parties. Our folks recognize that you have to be beyond reproach.”