The end of May brought several political developments (and non-developments) at the Illinois capital and in northern Illinois.
Rockford Register Star columnist, Chuck Sweeny, is a longtime observer of state and regional politics. He found the General Assembly's spring session amusing ("We had a legislative session?"), but also frustrating.
Gay rights activists praised Rep. Greg Harris in 2011 for helping pass Illinois' civil unions law. Some of those same activists are now criticizing him for how he's handled a measure to legalize same sex marriage.
Harris was tearful when he announced just before the House adjourned its spring session that there would be no vote because he didn't believe it could pass.
But immediately after, political director of the Civil Rights Agenda, Rick Garcia, put the blame squarely on Harris.
Illinois Republicans have a new state party chairman. Longtime political operative and lobbyist Jack Dorgan was chosen at a state central committee meeting. Dorgan beat out a field of 6 other hopefuls, some who said the party is broken. Dorgan has a different view:
"Well the party's not broke. We've had some growing pains right now. We're ready. We're united and we’re going to move forward and show people there is a two party system." -Jack Dorgan
Dorgan has worked on numerous campaigns over 30 years.