• Proft to Emcee Dinneree

    WLS-AM talk show host Dan Proft will bring his insight and wit to the 2013 NTRO Annual Fall Dinner.

    WLS-AM talk show host Dan Proft will bring his insight and wit to the 2013 NTRO Annual Fall Dinner.

    If you haven’t ordered your tickets for the 2013 NTRO Fall Dinner, here’s another reason to book today: our emcee will be WLS-AM Morning Drive radio host Dan Proft.

    Proft, a longtime friend of NTRO, has been a top political consultant and a policy expert on issues that matter to Illinoisans. In 2010, he ran for governor in the GOP primary. His comments are insightful and entertaining, and the Dinneree should be no exception.

    The event will feature the four Republican candidates for Governor: State Sen. Bill Brady (Bllomington), State Sen. Kirk Dillard (Hinsdale), businessman and education reformer Bruce Rauner, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

    Candidates for other races will be there as well.

    Do not miss out on the unofficial kickoff to the 2014 primary season and the must-attend event for Republicans in the Northern Suburbs! Book online today.

  • Dinneree Tickets On Sale

    The 2013 Dinneree will feature the four Republican candidates for Governor (clockwise from top left): State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), Winnetka resident and businessman Bruce Rauner, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

    The 2013 Dinneree will feature the four Republican candidates for Governor (clockwise from top left): State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), Winnetka resident and businessman Bruce Rauner, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

    Join us for the premier Republican event on the North Shore: the NTRO Dinneree, Oct. 20, 2013 at Allgauer’s in Northbrook.

    The 2013 New Trier Republican Organization Fall Dinner will spotlight the four Republican candidates for Governor in 2014. The primary season will have begun, and we are proud that all four candidates will outline their vision for Illinois at the Dinneree.

    State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington was the 2010 Republican nominee and he beat Gov. Pat Quinn in all but two Illinois counties in 2010. He knows how critical Cook County will be in the 2014 race. State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, Gov. Jim Edgar’s former Chief of Staff, finished second to Brady by only a handful of votes in the crowded 2010 primary.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was elected in 2010 in a year in which our very own Mark Kirk punched his ticket to the U.S. Senate. Downballot from Kirk and Brady, Rutherford tallied more votes than Gov. Quinn, a sign of his ability to garner votes across traditional party lines.

    Winnetka resident and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has decided to enter politics after seeing mismanagement by the Democrats in Springfield bankrupt the state and threaten the institutions we hold dear.

    Dan Proft, the WLS-AM morning drive host, will emcee the event. Dan is a friend of NTRO and he can empathize with our four featured guests as he ran for Governor in the crowded 2010 primary.

    The Dinneree is at Allgauer’s on the Riverfront in Northbrook. The reception with candidates and othe guests starts at 5:30, with the dinner to begin at 6:15.

    Tickets are $150 each, but purchase before Sept. 8 and save $25. Click here to purchase your ticket today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Dold

    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.”

  • Greetings from Tampa!

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan are talking north suburban politics in Tampa this week.

    New Trier Township is pivotal to the success of the Republican Party in Illinois. Our ability to get out the vote, influence independents and help shape the message of the state party has not gone unnoticed among the key players in the party.

    A few of them took some time out to say hello to us.

    WLS radio personality and former Gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft

    RNC Secretary Demetra DeMonte

    State Senator Dan Duffy

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

    Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady

    Illinois State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno