• Kirk’s First Year Back

    Sen. Mark Kirk’s first year back in the Senate after his stroke was inspiring. This video played as NTRO introduced Sen. Kirk at our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner March 1, 2014.

  • Truax Challenges Durbin

    Candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Truax speaks with NTRO members at the June 23 Wine and Cheese Party in Northfield.

    Candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Truax speaks with NTRO members at the June 23 Wine and Cheese Party in Northfield.

    Tired of watching U.S. Senator Dick Durbin preside over statewide and national decline, successful entrepreneur, business owner and West Point grad Doug Truax announced his candidacy Monday for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

    Truax is a 43-year-old political newcomer from Downers Grove who believes Illinois needs a blast of new leadership. He points to Illinois’ continued slide among states in economic growth, employment, fiscal discipline and population. He says Dick Durbin has been an prominent leader during this decline.

    “At West Point, one of the first things they taught us is that you change battlefield strategies if they continually fail,” he said. “Business owners and families also know this but amazingly, in Illinois and Washington, career politicians like Dick Durbin continue to make the same tax-and-spend policy decisions without regard to results.”

    Truax made his candidacy announcement in a three-minute biographical video that was released statewide and is viewable below. He plans to travel around the state in coming weeks to build momentum for his candidacy.

    Currently, Truax is co-owner and managing partner of Oak Brook-based Veritas Risk Services, LLC, a strategic risk consulting firm the empowers employees in controlling their healthcare costs, benefits, retirement plants and business risk. Truax built the business from scratch in 2008, months before the brunt of the recession hit. It weathered the economic storm and has roughly $2 million in annual revenue and 10 employees.

    He also is immediate past chairman of the board of Almost Home Kids, Naperville and Chicago, a community-based charity serving children who are medically fragile and their families.

    Truax is a 1992 graduate of West Point, United State Military Academy. He served six years active duty as a U.S. Army Officer (Captain) and also is a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School. He has been married 21 years with three children.

    More information about Truax can be found at dougtruax.com. The campaign plans to reach out to a broad array of young people, Republicans, Independents and open-minded Democrats.

    “I look forward to bringing a new energy and ultimately a new direction for the people of Illinois,” Truax said.

  • Rutherford: I can win

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, appearing at the NTRO Wine and Cheese Party, says he is the most electable of the Gubernatorial candidates in the Republican Field.

  • Rauner: Let’s Fix Illinois

    Candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner lays out his plan to restore Illinois at the NTRO Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

  • Dillard on 2014 Candidacy

    Kirk Dillard talks to NTRO at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23 to explain why he is seeking the GOP nomination for Governor.