CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Going into Day 3 of the Republican National Convention, the head of Illinois’ Republican Party said Donald Trump may not win Illinois in November, but he’ll do better here than many people expect.
Illinois is a blue state. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider does not deny that, but he insists this is a great time to be a Republican in Illinois, with House Speaker Michael Madigan under scrutiny. Yes, he said, Donald Trump is not going to win Chicago, but Chicago is not the state.
"Central and southern Illinois are very, very strongly held for Donald Trump. We believe that we will even see some State House pick ups in central and southern Illinois, while the northern half of Illinois is really reluctant to support the President because of his rhetoric," he said.
Democrats said it is more than rhetoric.
Meanwhile, as the Republican National Convention was focusing on the “Land of Opportunity,” Illinois’ GOP leaders were talking about better outreach to black and brown communities.
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In two online sessions Tuesday, the Illinois Republican Party highlighted African American and LatinX party faithful, Catalina Lauf, who, along with her sister, was featured in videos on both nights of the convention, said the Republican Party needs to do better.
"I think Republicans in a lot of ways have not gone to these communities. You know, I remember, I mean Republicans have not addressed the Hispanic community or marginalized communities," she said.
Lauf lost to Jim Oberweis in the 14th Congressional District Primary. Jesus Solario is the Republican candidate running to unseat Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. And he agrees with Lauf.
"Once we start being more actively involved in these communities, and not afraid to talk to these communities across the state, then we can start changing that narrative," Solario said.A major push in the African-American community is already in the works.