SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A push to change the way top Republican Party leaders are chosen in Illinois has failed at the state Capitol.
Under the proposed legislation, voters would have picked the Republican Central Committee by electing two people from every Illinois congressional district. Currently, local party leaders decide who will serve on the central committee.
House Democrats were pushing for the change. They had the support of some unhappy Republicans.
But most top Republicans oppose the change and accuse Democrats of meddling in something that's none of their business.
In a House vote Friday, the change got only 59 of the 71 votes it needed to pass. The sponsor then halted the vote before the bill officially failed.
The bill is SB600. On the Net: www.ilga.gov
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