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Republican Shakeup Following Budget Vote Defeat

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It’s been less than a week since the lawmakers passed a budget and GOP members are already making some changes to their leadership.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced Steven Andersson (R-Geneva) will no longer serve as  the House Republican Floor Leader.  Leader Durkin asked Andersson to step down saying it would be in the best interest of the Republican Caucus to go in a new direction.

Rep. Andersson was one of more than a dozen House Republicans who voted to override the governor’s veto, passing the budget that includes a massive tax hike.  It’s a move Governor Rauner strongly urged against, calling it a slap in the face to taxpayers

In a statement last week, Andersson said his decision was in the best interest of the people of Illinois.
Andersson was appointed to the position by Durkin in January. As the Floor Leader, Andersson was responsible for daily floor debates on behalf of his caucus.

Since the announcement, a few Democratic lawmakers have took to Twitter praising the representative for his willingness to compromise.  Andersson has not released a public statement regarding his removal.  We could expect to see a new appointment to the position in the next coming weeks.

This comes has Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) hired a new chief of staff, Kristine Rasmussen, who previously worked for the Illinois Policy Institute. There, Rasmussen was president and chief operating officer.

Her new role is effective immediately. She replaces Rich Goldberg who’s leaving to transition back into foreign policy and national security.

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