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In this Nov. 9, 2009 file photo, Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady speaks at a news conference in Chicago. GOP leaders in Illinois and nationwide vowed after a drubbing at the polls last fall to be more inclusive and diverse. Brady says if the party has any hope of winning the 2014 governor's race or gaining seats in the General Assembly it must do more to appeal to young people, minorities and women _ demographics that helped Democrats to huge wins in November 2012. Gay-rights supporters say the bill to end Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage provides a perfect opening for Republicans to do just that. The Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday, Feb. 14. AP Photo

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