Schneider Stepping Down as IL GOP Chair

By Benjamin Cox on December 7, 2020 at 11:05am

The head of the Illinois Republican Party is stepping down after more than six years.

Tim Schneider informed members of the Republican State Central Committee of his resignation during an online meeting Saturday.

Schneider touted the current gain of one seat in the Illinois House after the November General Election, defeating the graduated income tax, and preventing the retention of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride as some of the recent highlights of the party during his tenure in a written statement released Saturday.

Schneider’s term was supposed to run through May 2022. He’s a former Cook County commissioner who became chairman in 2014 during the Bruce Rauner administration. Sources told the Chicago Tribune that Schneider was facing opposition from hard-line conservatives to be replaced. The party leaders agreed to form a search committee, which will present its recommendations for a new chairman on January 9th. Schneider intends to remain in the role until his successor is chosen by the full State Central Committee.