SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) â€” Republicans seeking majority control of the Illinois General Assembly have several campaign issues. Unemployment is above 9 percent. Democrats have been in charge as budget and pension deficits soared.
But they also have to contend with a new legislative map drawn by Democrats to favor Democrats.
The GOP needs to pick up 12 seats â€” six in the House and six in the Senate â€” to win majority control of either house for the first time in a decade.
They're running against Democrats they say have overspent and shortchanged public pensions even after raising income taxes.
But their gains two years ago â€” during a landslide year for Republicans nationally â€” were relatively small. This year there's an unfavorable map and home-state President Barack Obama leading the ticket.
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