Winnetka, IL – March 15, 2017
Slainte from the New Trier Republican Organization (NTRO)!
On March 15, over 100 residents from across the North Shore celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Winnetka Community House during the annual “Corned Beef & Cabbage” dinner.
Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Policy Institute CEO, John Tillman, and political analyst and WIND 560am “The Morning Answer” radio host, Dan Proft, joined the festivities and gave speeches that both challenged and inspired the crowd.
While the Governor was not on the original invitation, he made time in a busy schedule, during a rare trip back to his home in New Trier, to talk to constituents.
Local candidates were introduced: Kathy Myalls, Stacey Woehrle, Bob Costello –all three running for New Trier Township Trustees; Gail Szluc for Wilmette District 39 School Board; and Chris Lewis for Wilmette Park Board Commissioner.
After raising a glass of our favorite beverages, renewing friendships and making new ones, NTRO Chair, Danielle Mergner, introduced the Governor, noting that his turnaround agenda shows a clear understanding of what Illinois needs, and a leader with the strategy to rebuild Illinois.
Stepping to the lectern, the Governor gave an update on the progress being made in Springfield –despite an aggressive opposition led by Speaker of the House Mike Madigan. He reinforced the priorities that will lead to good government: term limits for all elected officials; a Constitutional amendment for a fair legislative map; lower property taxes; reforming workers compensation, which has been hampering companies; consolidating duplicative government agencies under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Tillman challenged the audience to revolt from the right and not from the middle to achieve true structural reform.
Proft outlined the work his new group of 13 regional newspapers (like NorthCookNews.com) and his “plucky band of reporters” are publishing. Namely, the detrimental effect high property taxes are having on home values across the state, in areas like Homewood-Flossmoor in south cook county.