CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has been named to head the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in a Midwest state where John Kerry is favored.
Hastert says President Bush can be competitive in Illinois.
Bush faces an uphill battle in a state that went for Al Gore by a 12 percent margin in 2000 after twice voting for Bill Clinton. Polls show Kerry heavily favored. The Bush campaign has not run television commercials in the state so far.