Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno will retain her position as the chamber's top Republican. The incoming class of Senate Republicans chose her in a closed door meeting last night by a 12 to six vote, with one voting "present." Radogno is the first woman selected as a legislative leader - a position she has held since 2009. Radogno, who's from Lemont and is thought of as a moderate, withstood challenges to unseat her following big Republican losses in this fall's election. Those losses leave Radogno at the helm of 19 Senate Republicans, a number that allows the 40 Senate Democrats to pass legislation without any GOP support. Democrats also hold a majority in the Illinois House. Republicans in that chamber also voted to keep their leader, Tom Cross of Oswego, on Tuesday evening. Cross faced no major opposition, but Democrats also hold a majority in there.
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