• 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,

    WJC SIG

  • GOP Primary By Numbers

    Republican nominee for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner answers questions from the media just after casting his vote in Hubbard Woods on March 18. NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan looks on.

    Republican nominee for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner answers questions from the media just after casting his vote in Hubbard Woods on March 18. NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan looks on.

    Back in January, the New Trier Republican Organization heartily endorsed our own Bruce Rauner for Governor. Last week’s primary results clearly demonstrated that we delivered on our pledge to support him in overwhelming numbers. Here are some numbers that help tell the story of a clean but hard fought victory for Bruce Rauner in New Trier Township:

    • 77% The percentage of Republican votes Bruce Rauner received in New Trier Township. This was Bruce’s highest vote percentage of anywhere in the entire state.
    • 4,640 The raw total of votes Bruce Rauner received in New Trier Township. This vote total exceeded that of every suburban Cook County township, except for our GOP friends in Wheeling Township, where the number of registered voters is well over twice that of New Trier.
    • 6,100 The number of sample ballots mailed to Republican voters in New Trier Township, headlining our endorsement of Bruce Rauner for Governor.
    • 6 The number of Metra train stations (Glencoe, Hubbard Woods, Winnetka, Indian Hill, Kenilworth, Wilmette) NTRO volunteers worked campaigning on behalf of Rauner.
    • 100% The number of precincts where NTRO recruited and placed at least 2 trained and vetted Republican election judges.
    • 0 The number of complaints of irregularities or voting equipment malfunctions at New Trier’s 27 polling places.
    • Too Numerous to Ignore The number of anecdotal accounts we received from election judges where fed-up Democrats and independents in New Trier Township took Republican ballots to vote for Bruce in the primary.

    The other part of the story is the outreach and financial support that New Trier Republicans provided to Bruce and his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. A year ago when Bruce was not well known to Republican activists outside our area, we invited him to be the featured speaker at our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. That event was packed and the warm welcome and early expressions of support he received were well publicized in the mainstream and social media. During the year since then, Bruce and Evelyn have been featured at every NTRO event.

    Many of the business and civic leaders who live in our community that provide the energy, ideas and resources that sustain the GOP party structure and candidates throughout the State of Illinois and the rest of the nation were early financial supporters of Bruce’s campaign. That support allowed Bruce to launch an effective and sustained television ad campaign as he traversed the state meeting and gaining the support of GOP voters and activists from across the philosophical spectrum.

    Last Tuesday provided a great victory for Bruce, our party and our state. You can be proud of your efforts to support NTRO and the work we did on Bruce’s behalf in our community. I am confident that with your support we can do the same thing in November.

    Warm regards,
    WJC SIG

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bill

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Tampa as New Trier South?

    With three delegates, a national committeeman, a sitting Congressman, a sitting Senator (who made an appearance by video only), and a rich tradition of leadership, New Trier Republicans have quite a reputation on the national stage.

    Committeeman Bill Cadigan shot some video at the Republican National Convention to send back to New Trier Township a little flavor of the history going on in Tampa. Most of the people he encountered wanted to send best wishes back to New Trier Township, knowing how relevant the sentiments of New Trier are to the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation.

    Below are some more greetings from the convention floor.

    Former New Hampshire Governor and George H.W. Bush Chief of Staff John Sununu

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

    NTRO member and U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.)

    Cadigan, Katherine Dold White and Richard Porter had a great view of Mitt Romney’s history-making acceptance speech tonight. Earlier in the week, Bill took some video from his perch on the floor to capture the mood in the building.