• A Message From Committeeman Bill Cadigan

    NTRO Members and Friends:

    I want to inform you that I have been appointed by Governor Rauner and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate to serve as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections beginning July 1, 2015. Under state law, I cannot simultaneously serve on the State Board of Elections and as a Township Committeeman.

    I have submitted my resignation and it will take effect this Sunday, June 14 upon the conclusion of our Annual Wine & Cheese Party.

    I also wanted to let you know that I have asked Marc Levine of Wilmette to take over as the leader of the New Trier Republican Organization. Marc is well known and highly regarded in local, state and national Republican circles. He has been very active in NTRO during my tenure as Committeeman and I am confident he will continue to build on the success we had as an organization in the 2014 election cycle. Governor Rauner, Senator Kirk, and Congressman Dold are also very supportive of Marc taking over the leadership of NTRO.

    If you have not already done so, please take a moment and click here to RSVP to the Wine and Cheese Party this Sunday. It will give me an opportunity to personally thank you for your friendship and support during my time as Committeeman. It will also give you the chance to spend some time with Marc Levine as he assumes his new responsibilities. We have a great program lined up: State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton will update you on the happenings in the General Assembly as the Democrats continue to try their old, tired political tricks instead of working across the aisle and with Gov. Rauner to create a workable, balanced budget. John Tillman will also be there. A leading expert on the state’s pension crisis, John also has championed policies to promote economic growth.

    I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

    Warm regards,

    WJC SIG

  • Wine and Cheese Party to Feature Ives and Tillman

    Two of the state’s leading experts on restoring Illinois’ fiscal health will headline NTRO’s Wine and Cheese Party from 4-6 p.m. June 14 at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka.tickets-icon

    State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton and good government advocate John Tillman have been on the front lines on pushing for sensible pension reform, for restoring Illinois’ economic climate and for calling out government waste. Ives, a West Point graduate, has been in the General Assembly since January 2013.

    Tillman, the executive director of the Illinois Policy Institute, is one of the experts on the enormity of the fiscal situation Illinois faces and has been out front with proposed solutions that state leaders have explored.

    Other Republican officeholders will be in attendance as will a veritable who’s who of NTRO membership.

    Tickets are $15 for NTRO members and $25 for non-members in advance. At the door, tickets wiill be $20 for membeers and $30 for non-members. Buy your tickets here. Have you not paid your member dues, but want to take advantage of member rates? Click here to stay current with NTRO.

  • Dold sworn in with 114th Congress

    WASHINGTON — NTRO member Robert J. Dold of Kenilworth was sworn in as Illinois’ 10th District Representative along with the rest of the 114th Congress.

    Congressman Dold, who earned a reputation in his one term from 2011-2013 as a thoughtful, independent Republican who would engage Democrats while promoting the Republican agenda, was greeted by an Illinois delegation that includes Sen. Mark Kirk, a longtime friend of NTRO. Reps. Randy Hultgren, Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus, Aaron Schock and Peter Roskam complete the list of Republicans representing Illinois.

  • Thank You For A Successful 2014

    Thank you. To everyone that donated their time and resources to our candidates, put up yard signs, made phone calls, knocked on doors and did their part this election cycle, we cannot be more grateful. NTRO‘s Bruce Rauner, who walked from his home in Winnetka to Sacred Heart Parish Election Day morning to vote, is now Governor-elect Rauner. Bob Dold, will return to Capitol Hill in January. Tom Cross ultimately lost in one of the closest state-wide contests in history in his bid for treasurer, and Judy Baar Topinka scored re-election as Comptroller. Finally, Glenview’s James Pieczonka, a longtime friend of NTRO, won his hard-fought campaign for Cook County 12th Subcircuit Judge.

    In the 17th State Rep District, Kathy Myalls ran a great campaign. Though she did not prevail in her race, Kathy has a very bright future in GOP politics and she deserves our gratitude for forcefully taking on Mike Madigan’s machine. In the 58thDistrict, Dr. Mark Neerhof also put together an impressisve campaign but came up a bit short.

    Our work is not done, so now we begin to look to 2015. Can you take a moment now to take care of your 2015 membership dues?

    In just a few short months, we’ll gather for our St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. We will host other events as the year goes on, including our Wine and Cheese Party and Fall Dinner. NTRO Members get reduced prices to attend these events, which have hosted the who’s who of Illinois politics the last few years. Three of Illinois’ biggest Republican stars are Bruce Rauner, Mark Kirk and Bob Dold, all NTRO members, and all fixtures at our events.

    Most importantly, your support will ensure that we can build on the momentum the Republicans built this November statewide and nationally again in 2016 and beyond.

    We appreciate your past support, and we look forward to delivering you the good news that comes in the months and years ahead as Illinois gets back on the right track.

  • Chicago Dem Party Boss Berrios abuses power to aid State Rep. Laura Fine

    State Representative Laura Fine Family Illegally Claims Two Homeowner’s Exemptions While Berrios Targets Fine’s Republican Opponent

    GLENVIEW, IL (October 15, 2014) State Rep. Laura Fine and her husband Michael have been illegally claiming two Illinois homeowner’s exemptions. The Fines claimed one exemption on a single family residential rental property in Glenview and a second homeowners exemption on their family home, also in Glenview. According to public records obtained from Cook County property and taxing agencies, Michael Fine is listed as a taxpayer on their family home as well as their rental property in Glenview and claimed the homeowner’s exemption on both properties, which is illegal. Local Republican leaders will turn over their findings to the Cook County Inspector General and they are demanding a full investigation.

    The discovery of Fine’s improper claim of two homeowner’s exemptions comes just a week after a spokesperson for Cook County Assessor and Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios’ office was quoted in a north suburban publication that they intend to revoke the homeowner’s exemption claimed by Fine’s Republican opponent, Kathy Myalls, and her husband. Republican officials allege Berrios based this action on false information given to him by Fine’s campaign operatives and north suburban Democratic Party officials. “Berrios determined – without even speaking to Myalls or her husband – that they did not “reside” in Wilmette despite overwhelming facts to the contrary, not the least of which was their children’s continuous and exclusive enrollment in Wilmette schools since they were old enough to attend,” says Bill Cadigan, New Trier Township Republican Organization Committeeman. “We hope Berrios, who ruled without due-process in the Kathy Myalls homeowner’s exemption case, will act as swiftly now that the facts are known of this willful case of fraudulent behavior by the Fine family.”

    Cadigan said they will turn over materials related to Berrios’ blatant abuse of power to the Cook County Inspector General’s office including information about his rush to judgment in the Myalls case and the obvious favoritism given a political ally, Laura Fine. Berrios is currently embroiled in litigation with the Inspector General’s office as he continues to assert that he is not subject to the jurisdiction of that office when it comes to responding to subpoenas and cooperating with efforts to root out waste and corruption.

    According to real estate records, Rep. Fine’s husband, Michael, has an ownership interest with two partners in a single family residential rental property located at 4711 Lilac Avenue, Glenview, Illinois. Records show that none of the co-owners reside at the Lilac Avenue property and all claim a homeowner’s exemption elsewhere.

    Fine has filed three tax appeals on Lilac Avenue property in the last 10 years. The first two times the appeals resulted in a reduction in the assessed valuation. There are no documents in the public record that indicate he ever lived there, so it is unlikely he could have produced documentation of his residence at the Lilac Avenue address. Republicans officials want to know how Fine was able to get the homeowner’s exemption on the property.

    Before news of her own improper exemptions became public, Rep. Fine praised Berrios’ actions in the Myalls case saying “residents carried the tax burden with so many people being granted erroneous exemptions. If you want to make laws in Springfield as a legislator, you should abide by them.”

    “It is the height of hypocrisy that Rep. Fine would have her operatives plant false information with Berrios just as Kathy Myalls is gaining momentum in this close election, when Fine’s own family so blatantly and intentionally violated the property tax laws,” says Cadigan.

    “The race in the 17th District is tight and Laura Fine and the Democrats have to resort to these tactics because they know she cannot defend her record in Springfield of being a rubber stamp for Mike Madigan,” says Kathy Myalls. “Double standards, corruption and the abuse of power are the on-going results of one-party control. North suburban voters are fed up with this and want change. ”