U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

CHICAGO (AP) – For the first time since 1998, someone other than Michael Madigan will lead the Illinois Democratic Party.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will take the helm after defeating Michelle Harris by three percent of the vote by members of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Federal law recommends that in order for a federal office holder like Kelly to serve as the party’s chair, they would have to resign or stop raising money or the party would need to curtail the chair’s powers.

Kelly is the first Black woman to be elected as party chair.

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