St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Mon October 7, 2002

Daniels Rules Out Another Term as Top Illinois GOP

Springfield, IL – Lee Daniels says he believes House Republicans will choose a new leader who will unite the party in the face of a looming budget crisis.

He says he made the decision not to seek another term as leader of the Republican caucus in the Illinois House with a heavy heart.

But he says he's proud of the legislative accomplishments he and his colleagues have made.

Daniels resigned in July as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party amid allegations that members of his House staff campaigned on state time during the 2000 elections.

House members have been keeping their distance from him ever since.

Daniels says he isn't resigning from his legislative seat. He says he'll focus on promoting services for the developmentally
disabled.