When the dust settled in Illinois after the 2002 election, many social conservatives threw up their hands.

When the dust settled in Illinois after the 2002 election, many social conservatives threw up their hands. The state had gone almost completely Democratic, electing a Democratic governor and attorney general and re-electing a Democratic secretary of state and comptroller. Only the Republican state treasurer survived, and Judy Baar Topinka is a social liberal. Worst of all, the bastion of conservatism, the state Senate, went Democratic 32 to 26 (plus one independent) to join the Democratic House (66 to 52). Pundits forecast a dreary season. Almost certain was legislation clamping down on demonstrations outside abortion clinics, which could include peaceful prayer vigils as ”intimidation.”