• 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.

  • 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.”