• 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.”

  • NTRO meets Gov. Candidates at Wine and Cheese

    Bruce Rauner talks about his candidacy for Governor at the NTRO Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

    Bruce Rauner talks about his candidacy for Governor at the NTRO Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

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    Former Congressman Bob Dold was at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23 and asked NTRO to support his candidacy for Congress in 2014.

    Three of the leading Gubernatorial candidates, Congressional candidate Bob Dold and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak were among the attendees at NTRO’s Wine and Cheese Party.

    The event attracted a large crowd at Clarkson Park in Northfield, Sunday, June 23.

    Candidates Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard each laid out their plans to restore Illinois’ fiscal and economic health before an overflow crowd at the New Trier Republican Organization’s (NTRO) Wine and Cheese Party. The Evanston GOP co-sponsored the event.

    More than 150 people attended, a 50 percent increase over the crowd at last year’s election-year party. It was the second consecutive event in which NTRO has seen an attendance surge over last year, a promising sign of a Republican resurgence in 2014.

    “The strong turnout was certainly due in part to the lineup of speakers we had,” NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan said. “I do think it’s also an indication of how people around here are fed up with the performance of the Democrats in Springfield.”

    Former congressmen Dold keynoted the event. Dold has launched his campaign to retake the 10th District seat from Brad Schneider, and appealed to his friends in New Trier Township for help. The 10th District includes part of New Trier Township, but before Michael Madigan-engineered gerrymandering, New Trier Township was almost entirely in the 10th District.

    Dold, who also celebrated his birthday Sunday, has been encouraged by the response he has received to his recent announcement that he will be running to recapture the 10th Congressional District seat lost after the Democrats drew districts to benefit their canddiates.

    As for the Gubernatorial candidates, all three focused on the state’s fiscal mess and economic malaise. Rauner did not shy away from the influence the public-sector unions have in the state, pledging to take them on and act in the state’s best interests. Dillard, who said he will officially announce his candidacy next month, pointed to his time as Gov. Jim Edgar’s chief of staff, when the state’s credit rating increased for the only time in history, and when Michael Madigan was made House Minority Leader for a couple years.

    State Senator Kirk Dillard addresses NTRO at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

    State Senator Kirk Dillard addresses NTRO at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with NTRO members, including Andy Bulluck (right) at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with NTRO members, including Andy Bulluck (right) at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.

    Rutherford acknowledged his potential primary opponents as “good friends,” but touted his statewide electability. Rutherford reminded the crowd that in a race down ballot, he received more votes for treasurer than Pat Quinn received for Governor.

    Rutherford, Dillard and Rauner have each been familiar faces at NTRO events over the years and each enjoys healthy support in the township.

    “I look forward to a healthy primary race,” Cadigan said. “I will not predict who will be our nominee for governor, but I am certain any of these three will be a better choice than a candidate named Daley, Madigan or Quinn.”

  • Dold launches Congressional bid

    Bob Dold of Kenilworth will run again for U.S. Congress and the seat he held for two years.

    Bob Dold of Kenilworth will run again for U.S. Congress and the seat he held for two years.

    NTRO member and former U.S. Rep. Bob Dold announced today that he would run in 2014 for the 10th Congressional District.

    Here is an excerpt of his statement:

    I ran for Congress just a few years ago because I felt a call to serve the 10th District, and you sent me to Washington, DC to do just that. Together, we provided what so many say our country is missing right now – thoughtful leadership that was able to build bridges between parties, and put people before politics and progress ahead of partisanship. We succeeded in changing the dialogue to focus on getting our government on a budget and solving the biggest issues we face as a nation.

    As someone who broke the mold and earned a reputation as one of the most independent-thinking, moderate members of Congress, and as someone who was never afraid to work with anybody who shared a desire to solve problems, I share your frustration with the current lack of compromise and the consistent stalemate in Washington.

    Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many of you about the problems you are facing in your businesses, in your households, and in your communities. You have encouraged me to carry your voice forward in 2014.

    With deep reflection, and strong support from you, Danielle and our kids, my family and friends, I wanted to share with you first that I’ve made the decision to step forward and run in 2014 to represent the 10th District of Illinois.

    I want to personally thank you for your continued encouragement. Running for office is never an easy decision for any candidate or their families, but this decision is much larger than my family and I; it is about serving our community and country.

    I hope you will join me as we lay out our vision, together, for a more prosperous 10th District.

  • 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.

  • Dold Schools Schneider

    Before gaining the Daily Herald endorsement, Rep. Bob Dold (10th) debated Brad Schneider at the Herald’s Arlington Heights headquarters.

    While there, Dold answered Schneider’s misleading claim that Dold votes in lockstep with Republican party leadership and highlighted his independence by bringing in a report on 435 members of Congress. Watch below:

    In the below clip, Congressman Dold asks Brad Schneider about his business experience, and asks him to elaborate on just how many clients he has and how much revenue he has brought in over the last few years.