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Illinois Republicans are gathering in Springfield to make a push to reclaim political power in Illinois, including the governor's mansion.

Party officials and candidates from the top to the bottom of the ticket plan to attend a Thursday breakfast hosted by the Illinois Republican State Central Committee and the County Chairmen's Association.

The event is followed by Republicans' annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is making a bid against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in a nationally watched race. Rauner says it's time to "shake up Springfield."

Party officials are also hoping to pick up a number of seats in the state legislature.

Democrats held their own breakfast and party at the fair Wednesday. They portrayed Republicans as "out of touch" with average Illinoisans.

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