CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Republican Party and the Republican National Committee have announced a new state director whose job is to boost the party's election prospects.
A news release notes Anthony Esposito worked for Republican Congressman John Shimkus and was the political director for the Illinois GOP. Esposito was also on the staff of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus says the national committee is working with state parties and campaigns to build an infrastructure that will help win key congressional and governor's races in 2014.
Priebus says the work will also help in "laying the foundation for success" in the 2016 presidential race.
Illinois GOP Chair Jack Dorgan says the position is part of a strategy to revamp the state's Republican party.