• Gov. Rauner returns home for NTRO Fall Dinner

    RaunerJoin us as we welcome Governor Bruce Rauner back home to New Trier Township at NTRO’s 77th Annual Fall Dinner at Allgauer’s on the River Sunday, October 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    tickets-iconWe helped Gov. Rauner win last November’s election as New Trier went nearly 2-to-1 in his favor. After spending the year engaged in a battle to get Illinois’ finances and economy under control, we would like to welcome Bruce back home to his hometown organization. The governor will be joined by newly elected Congressman Darin LaHood, who won a special election to represent Illinois’ 18th District, which includes Rep. LaHood’s hometown of Peoria. We expect NTRO member and 10th District Congressman Bob Dold to be there (he’s a regular at our dinners), and we hope to see another longtime member, Kenilworth native Senator Mark Kirk, who is running for re-election in 2016. We expect other prominent officeholders and candidates to be there as we get ready to kick off the 2016 election season.

    Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $150 for non-members and $125 for NTRO members. Have you not paid your dues? Pay your 2016 dues today, and enjoy member rates for this event and all events in 2016!

  • 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.

  • NTRO to host Sen. Kirk

    Join us March 1 for our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner as we start the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in New Trier Township!

    This year’s guest will be one of NTRO’s all-time favorite sons: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. Sen. Kirk has inspired us with his determined recovery from his January 2012 stroke, returning to the Senate last year. We are excited that he is joining us for an event he is no stranger to.

    Bruce Rauner, who secured NTRO’s endorsement for Governor last month, will also make remarks. Look for other officeholders, candidates and familiar faces as well.

    The Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner is NTRO’s big spring fundraiser and social event, and we hope you can join us. Register here and pay in advance, or simply call NTRO headquarters at (847) 251-6100 or e-mail ntro.events@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Dinner tickets are $75 each for 2014 members and $100 for non-members. Sponsorships are available as well. Please RSVP by Feb. 24!

    Reception: 5:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 6:15 p.m.

    About our speaker
    Mark KirkKirk is a United States Senator from Illinois. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Senator Kirk graduated from Winnetka’s New Trier High School and attended Blackburn College and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México before earning a B.A (cum laude) in history from Cornell University. Senator Kirk also earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University, and has served as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve since 1989.

    Senator Kirk worked as a staff member for Congressman John Porter before moving to work at the World Bank and later the State Department. He practiced law at Baker & McKenzie before serving as a counsel to the House International Relations Committee. In 2000, Mark was elected to the House of Representatives where he served five terms before his election to the U.S. Senate.

    In January 2012, Senator Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke and underwent surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to relieve swelling in his brain. After nearly a year of intensive recovery and rehabilitation, Senator Kirk triumphantly returned to work by climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2013. Friends and colleagues from both sides of the aisle cheered as Senator Kirk walked up the Capitol steps. Senator Kirk reflected that his return to the Senate was one of the greatest moments of his life.

    Senator Kirk currently serves on four Senate Committees: 1) Appropriations, 2) Banking, 3) HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions), and 4) Aging. Senator Kirk is the Ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

  • NT Republicans Shine at Convention

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

    A day into the Republican National Convention and New Trier is represented quite well within the Illinois delegation. All the delegates from New Trier Township — Katherine Dold White, Richard Porter and Bill Cadigan — were there for the roll call Tuesday night where Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were officially nominated as nominees for President and Vice President.

    RNC National Committeeman Richard Williamson of Kenilworth has been busy, serving as a key foreign policy adviser to the Romney-Ryan team. Rep. Robert Dold arrived and the Illinois delegation all agreed that his re-election is a priority for the state party.

    A longtime NTRO member and friend is not in Tampa. Sen. Mark Kirk is still recovering from his stroke at his home in Fort Sheridan, but he delivered a brief address by video to the Illinois delegation expressing his excitement over the opportunity to make history in Tampa.

  • Kirk video shows recovery

    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released another video today showing the progress he has made in his recovery from this ischemic stroke back in January. Like the video he released in May, Sen. Kirk shows video of himself walking with therapists from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

    This time, Sen. Kirk is shown walking on his own, meeting with other members of Congress (including 10th District Congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth, Kirk’s replacement in the U.S. House) and talking with staffers. Kirk also used the platform to discuss the efforts underway with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to find a replacement for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

    “Our state really needs a good U.S. Attorney that is as much like Patrick Fitzgerald as we can get,” Kirk said.

    As he gets closer to returning to his duties in Washington, Sen. Kirk offered a message to others affected by ischemic strokes.

    “Your loved one can recover quite a bit,” he said.

    “I’ve known Senator Mark Kirk for a long time, and it is wonderful to see him making such great strides in his recovery from a stroke and be back in his own home,” said NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan. Sen. Kirk and Cadigan worked together on Rep. John Porter’s staff in the 1980s, and Sen. Kirk replaced Porter as 10th District Representative in 2000.

    Sen. Kirk, of course, is originally from Kenilworth, and spent some time convalescing from his stroke in Kenilworth after being released from the RIC and before moving back into his own home in Fort Sheridan.