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Updating you on a story we brought you earlier, Illinois republican leaders won't choose their new leader until at least July 26.

The party's central committee tried to appoint vice chairman Dallas Ingemunson Monday, but he declined.

However, Ingemunson will interim the chair until the party's central committee meets later this month. He will replace Lee Daniels, who resigned effective Monday.

Daniels quit after being accused of having his legislative staff do campaign work on state time. Daniels denies any wrongdoing.

Two people, former Gov. Jim Edgar and former Quaker Oats chairman William Smithburg, turned down the top spot in the state republican party.