Dave Syverson

GOP leader's resignation spotlights schism

GOP leader's resignation spotlights schism

Pat Brady’s resignation Tuesday as chairman of the state’s Republican Party was a move months in the making, an effort to leave on his own terms rather than being ousted for his support of gay marriage.

But in leaving the post, effective immediately, Brady’s decision resurfaces publicly the decades of behind-the-scenes infighting between social moderates who long ruled the GOP and social conservatives who sought more power in directing party activities.

Brady’s resignation comes as the Illinois GOP prepares to enter the beginnings of a political season focused on the 2014 contest for governor — a seat that had been within Republican grasp in 2010 only to see Democrat Pat Quinn...