• 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,


  • Wine and Cheese Party to Feature Ives and Tillman

    Two of the state’s leading experts on restoring Illinois’ fiscal health will headline NTRO’s Wine and Cheese Party from 4-6 p.m. June 14 at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka.tickets-icon

    State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton and good government advocate John Tillman have been on the front lines on pushing for sensible pension reform, for restoring Illinois’ economic climate and for calling out government waste. Ives, a West Point graduate, has been in the General Assembly since January 2013.

    Tillman, the executive director of the Illinois Policy Institute, is one of the experts on the enormity of the fiscal situation Illinois faces and has been out front with proposed solutions that state leaders have explored.

    Other Republican officeholders will be in attendance as will a veritable who’s who of NTRO membership.

    Tickets are $15 for NTRO members and $25 for non-members in advance. At the door, tickets wiill be $20 for membeers and $30 for non-members. Buy your tickets here. Have you not paid your member dues, but want to take advantage of member rates? Click here to stay current with NTRO.

  • 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.


    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.”