SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —
Some new party officials have already said they feel that social views should take a back seat to get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of November elections that include a serious challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn by Republican Bruce Rauner.
New 8th District committeeman Ryan Higgins of Schaumburg told The Associated Press that "there's room to disagree on those issues. In my role at the state party level, I don't want my opinion to be known."
Higgins, who unsuccessfully ran for state representative in 2010, said he supported civil union legislation on several newspaper questionnaires then.
"The leaders we selected today will help guide our party forward, hold Gov. Quinn accountable for his failures, and elect Republicans up and down the ticket," Dorgan said in a statement.