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Why Illinois Republicans are in Such a Good Mood




    Illinois Republicans have a sense this could be a better year than usual in Illinois' blue state.  

    At the Illinois State Fair's Republican Day even former gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard - who lost the primary by just a few votes - says "we need to be united."

    The GOP governor candidate Bill Brady says we "need to rid our state of corruption," as pols and strategists discuss Rod Blagojevich. Brady's significant lead over Pat Quinn in the polls probably isn't hurting their good spirits either.

    And on this hot steamy day the political rhetoric dialed up even more when Senate candidate Mark Kirk said "can you feel we're going to win?" Kirk adds: "the choice cannot be more clear."