According to top party officials, IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady will resign Tuesday morning, the Daily Herald is reporting.
Brady, who has been heavily criticized for promoting favorites in local primaries, failing to unite divided factions within the party and actively lobbying state lawmakers in opposition to the IL GOP's platform position on gay marriage, is citing personal and professional reasons.
Brady's wife Julie is battling ovarian cancer, the Bradys have four teenage children, and Brady - who as a lawyer has worked for the Cook County state's attorney - is launching a public affairs firm.
The IL GOP State Central Committee decided at its last meeting in early April to set up a succession process, and committee members are actively looking for an interim replacement to finish out Brady's current term, ending in Spring 2014.
The 1980s era of Republican power in Illinois ended with Republican Governor George Ryan in 2002, when Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich won over the IL GOP's former Attorney General Jim Ryan. Blagojevich was re-elected over IL GOP's Judy Baar-Topinka in 2006, but was ousted in 2009 and, like George Ryan, imprisoned for criminal activity during his time as governor.
Illinois Republicans regained some influence in 2010 during a Tea Party revolution, when State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, State Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk won statewide elections. At the same time, State Senator Bill Brady lost the governor's seat, while Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White held onto their offices.
The party is already preparing for the 2014 gubernatorial bid, with a sizeable chasm between socially-conservative grassroots and socially-moderate funders. Insiders say whoever leads the party through Spring 2014 will face a substantial challenge in energizing the IL GOP's base and inspiring the party's check writers to work together.