• 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,


  • NTRO Releases Sample Ballot

    Our sample ballot listing our endorsed candidates is out! Please print this out and bring it with you to the ballot box.

    Winnetka residents, please note: We also support trustee candidates Carol Fessler and Dr. Marilyn Prodromos of A Better Choice for Winnetka.

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  • Rauner, Truax, Cross Endorsed by NTRO membership

    NTRO's endorsed candidates include (from left) Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer.

    NTRO’s endorsed candidates include (from left) Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer.

    The New Trier Republican Organization endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer Saturday after a spirited two and a half hour session at the Wilmette Community Recreation Center.

    At the session, Rauner, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, and State Sen. Bill Brady all appeared as did State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate Steven Kim of Northbrook. All four campaigns presented their cases to receive the endorsement of NTRO membership as well as the Republican organizations from Evanston and Niles townships, who were part of the event and held their own separate votes.

    Rauner impressed the constituency with his calls to change the culture in Springfield, earning 80.3 percent of the votes cast.

    Meanwhile, Downers Grove business owner Doug Truax, a veteran and West Point graduate, impressed the membership with his wide knowledge of health care earning 71.2 percent of the vote over State Sen. Jim Oberweis.

    In the Treasurer’s race, State House Minority Leader Tom Cross bested CPA Bob Grogan by earning 60 percent of the vote.

    Several other unopposed candidates received endorsements: Bob Dold for 10th Congressional District, Paul Schimpf for Attorney General, Michael Webster for Secretary of State, Judy Baar Topinka for Comptroller, Kathy Myalls for 17th Statehouse District, Dr. Mark Neerhof for 58th Congressional District, James Pieczonka for 12th District Subcircuit Judge, Herb Schumann for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Bill Cadigan for New Trier Township Committeeman.

    “I am grateful for all the candidates that appeared today,” Cadigan said. “Our membership is a very thoughtful, independent-minded group, and they enjoyed the chance to hear from all the campaigns and vigorously question them on the issues. We are excited to support our endorsed candidates as they capture our party’s nomination in March and all the way to victory in November.”

  • Winnetka’s Porter to RNC

    Richard W. Porter, a Winnetka resident and a delegate for Mitt Romney, is interviewed by WGN-TV's Julie Unruh at the Illinois delegation's hotel in Clearwater.

    Richard W. Porter, a Winnetka resident and a delegate for Mitt Romney, is interviewed by WGN-TV’s Julie Unruh at the Illinois delegation’s hotel in Clearwater.

    The Illinois Republican Party met today and selected NTRO member Richard Porter as Republican National Committeeman for the state of Illinois. Porter will immediately begin serving out the term of fellow NTRO member Richard Williamson, who passed away last month.

    Porter, a Winnetka resident, has been a staunch supporter of Republican causes nationally, statewide, and locally in New Trier Township.

    “I am honored to be elected as National Committeeman, especially at such a critical time for our state and our country,” Porter said. “I promise to help grow our party and win elections, and I look forward to joining the Illinois Republican leadership team.”

    “Rich Porter will be an integral part in the Illinois Republican Party’s resurgence on the national, state, and local level, and we’re thrilled to welcome him in this new leadership role,” said Jack Dorgan, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. “We had five outstanding candidates, and each of them will continue to be critical to our work in restoring the two-party system in Illinois and expanding the base of the Republican Party.”

    Porter joins National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte and Dorgan as the Illinois delegation to the Republican National Committee. DeMonte has been Illinois National Committeewoman since 2008, and serves as Secretary of the Republican National Committee. Dorgan has been a member of the Committee since his election as chairman in 2013.

    Porter’s background includes a stint inside the George H.W. Bush Administration as counsel to Vice President Dan Quayle and time working inside the Bush-Quayle campaign. After his service to the President, Richard went to work at Kirkland and Ellis, where he is now a partner.

    Porter replaces Williamson, a Kenilworth resident and New Trier Township native. Williamson’s foreign policy expertise served the RNC well, but Williamson remained a valuable adviser to NTRO over the years. Porter expects to remain one as well.

    “It’s quite a testament to the quality of our members that Illinois Republicans have sent another New Trier Republican to represent the state in the Republican National Committee,” NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan said. “I have known Richard Porter for a long time, and his reputation as a principled, thoughtful champion for Republican causes is well-earned.”

    The Republican National Committee is made up of 168 members from all 50 states, as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state and territory is represented on the Committee by one National Committeeman, one National Committeewoman, and the Chairman of the state Republican Party.

  • Priebus visits New Trier Township

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (center) shares some good cheer with Illinois National Committeeman Rich Williamson (left) and NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan (right)

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (center) shares some good cheer with Illinois National Committeeman Rich Williamson (left) and NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan (right)

    NRC Chairman Reince Priebus outlined his short-term and long-term goals for the Republican National Committee at a fundraiser Tuesday night at a private residence in Winnetka.

    After recounting how his first order of business upon becoming chairman in 2011 was restoring the party’s fiscal health, he detailed some of the strategies and tactics the RNC will execute in response to its “Growth and Opportunity Party” report he commissioned after the 2012 General Election.

    More than 50 donors and local Republican activists attended the meeting and met other key NRC staff. Among those in attendance were Illinois National Committeeman Richard Williamson (a Kenilworth resident), NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan, Evanston Township Committeeman Blair Garber, former Congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth, and newly elected New Trier Township Trustees Hamilton Chang and Jan Gargula.