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By Margaret Lyons in News on Sep 3, 2008 6:55PM

As everyone gears up for Sarah Palin's big speech tonight—I for one have never been this excited to hear an Alaskan governor's address—members of the Illinois Republican delegation are "banished to the farthest, most unnoticed corner of the hall where the Republican National Convention is being held." The Illinois GOP is apparently "weak and demoralized," and struggling to find strong candidates and a clear party mission, especially for a 2010 gubernatorial campaign. [Crain's]