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Illinois GOP on Dem hugs: 'We don't need to do that to show unity'

A melon at the RNC breakfast. (WBEZ/Alex Keefe)
Despite the delay of Monday’s events for the Republican National Convention, there’s still a full agenda on tap for Illinois’ GOP.

A couple hundred Illinois Republicans convened Monday morning for a breakfast at their hotel. Several speakers took to the stage including former Gov. Jim Edgar, who got two standing ovations.

But the main message was unity and winning upcoming elections.

"We’re not gonna hug like the Democrats did four years ago," Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady said. "Didn’t they have to have a group hug at their convention?"

Brady was referencing a memorable moment at the 2008 Democratic convention  in which political enemies within the Illinois Democratic party were called upon to hug out their issues in front of everyone.

Brady said the Republicans don’t need to hug because they’re already unified. He said that in a few years, he doesn’t want the state to be just a, "flyover ATM" where Republicans drop in simply to raise a lot of money.

He hopes instead it’ll be a swing state for the 2016 presidential election.

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