Supporters cheer on Gov. Bruce Rauner entering the Republican rally at Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair on Aug. 15, 2018. Twelve weeks later, Rauner would be voted out of office, leaving Illinois Republicans in a precarious spot. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

The grounds of the Bolingbrook Golf Club melted from white with five-day-old snow back to its former green as day wore on Saturday during the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committeeman meeting, as those inside the Taylor ballroom pondered what went wrong for their party on Nov. 6.

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