The chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Party is stepping down at the end of the month.

Bill Bloom, who has been chair since 2014, said Tuesday he is taking a contract job with Deere & Co., and he will not be able to devote the time to party business that it deserves.

"I felt like I probably couldn’t do it justice," he said.

His resignation becomes effective March 31.

Ordinarily, leadership elections wouldn't take place until next year, but that will now be moved up. Bloom said a replacement will be selected at a meeting in April.

Bloom said he would continue to be involved in the party, including as a precinct committeeman.

— Ed Tibbetts

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