2016 National Republican Convention

The Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18th through 21st.  The delegation was treated to many outstanding speeches and events and were afforded the opportunity to meet and network with other great Republicans from across the country.  Congratulations to our official Republican Presidential ticket Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence.

Lake County was well represented at the convention by individuals including Chairman Mark Shaw, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Moraine Township Chairman Marty Zeidman, Delegate and Committeeman Bob Bednar, Alternate Delegate and Committeeman Bryan Brim, Committeeman Flint Grinnell, Committeeman Eric Burgess, State Rep. Ed Sullivan, and Andrew Shaw.


Special thanks to Marty Zeidman for providing many of the photos from the convention.

To see photos from the convention, click here:  PHOTOS

 Fundraiser for County Board Candidate Ann Brennan

On July 13th, Ann Brennan held her campaign Kick Off Party at Maevery’s Pub in Lake Bluff.  Ann is running for the Lake County Board in District 13.  To view photos from her event, click here:  PHOTOS

4th of July Parades

It was exciting to see the level of unity all of our elected officials, candidates and volunteers exhibited over 4th of July weekend at the numerous parades throughout Lake County!  The Republican Party was well-represented in 12 parades which took place between July 2nd and July 4th in the towns of Antioch, Barrington, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Island Lake, Lake Bluff, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Waukegan.  It was especially nice to see our Countywide office holders and candidates walking in unison together, along with so many of our state legislative candidates pitching in to help each other out!

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To see more photos from the Independence Day weekend, click here:  Photos

Libertyville Days Parade

Saturday, June 18th was a beautiful day for a parade and the GOP showed up in full force in Libertyville.  Republicans from all over Lake County turned out to walk with Congressman Robert Dold, State Senator Dan McConchie, Comptroller Leslie Munger, Circuit Court Clerk Keith Brin, Sheriff Mark Curran, Chairman Mark Shaw, the Libertyville Republican Organization and many other GOP elected officials, candidates, precinct committeemen and volunteers.

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Walkers are needed for the upcoming Independence Day Parades.  Please visit our calendar and come out and join us!!

“Paint Lake County Red” Event

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On Thursday, June 9th, the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff together with the GOP Township Organizations in Shields, West Deerfield, Moraine and Vernon Townships held an event entitled “Paint Lake County Republican Red!”  With a standing room only crowd, Comptroller Leslie Munger updated the audience on the Illinois budget crisis.  Following her presentation, Chairman Mark Shaw introduced the Lake County officials who each spoke to what is happening in their prospective offices.  Candidates and officials present at the event included:

Mike Nerheim, States Attorney, Mark Curran, Sheriff, Keith Brin, Clerk of the Circuit Courts, Carla Wyckoff, County Clerk, David Stolman, Treasurer, Howard Cooper, Candidate for Coroner, Robert Haraden, Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Michael Rummel, Lake County Board, District 12, Ann Brennan, Lake County Board, District 13 candidate, Laura Lambrecht, Lake County Board, District 11 candidate, Benjamin Salzberg, State Senate (29th) candidate and Martin Blumenthal, State Representative (58th) candidate

At the conclusion of the event, guests were able to speak one-on-one with the candidates and officials.


 Illinois Republican Convention News

On May 19th through 21st, the Lake County Republican Central Committee sent more than 150 delegates to the State Convention; the second largest delegation to attend the 2016 convention. This year’s convention was very contentious with a group, lead by ousted Chairman Pat Brady and State Central Committeeman Ryan Higgins of the 8th CD, lobbying to change the definition of marriage in the Illinois Republican Platform.

Convention 2016-1During committee meetings, our very own Marjorie Kubalanza, along with 6 other platform committee members, lobbied to keep the definition of marriage as between “one man and one woman”. With a vote of 10 to 7, and one abstention, the Platform Committee pushed Pat Brady’s and Ryan Higgins’ definition of marriage out of committee. At this point Marjorie and her 6 colleagues made a successful motion for a Minority Report. This was important as the next part of the process was to get the vote to the floor.

Then the real work began! Led by our Chairman, Mark Shaw, a group including Rep. Peter Breen, Nick Provenzano, John McGlasson and others worked feverishly to obtain the 50 County Chairman signatures needed to bring the vote to the floor.Convention 2016-2 By Saturday morning, they had accumulated more than 70 signatures. The Minority Report was to keep the language regarding marriage the same as it was in the 2012 Platform.

In an unprecedented move, Mark and his group were able to force a floor vote. This was the first time any group was successful in getting enough signatures to get an issue to the floor since the stringent rules were put into effect. During the debate of the language, our Senator Dan McConchie spoke as one of the proponents of keeping the language from 2012.

After speakers from both sides, with a resounding vote of more than 80% of the delegation, the language from the 2012 Platform regarding marriage was kept in the official Illinois Republican Platform. Thanks to our Chairman, Mark Shaw, the entire delegation had the opportunity to vote on this important issue!!


Congratulations to the New Senator for 26th District, Dan McConchie

Dan McConchieOn Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Daniel McConchie of Hawthorn Woods was selected as the new Senator of the 26th District.  McConchie fills the seat of former Senator Dan Duffy who stepped down earlier this month to take a position as the President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, a Chicago-based non-profit organization.
The 26th Senate District covers parts of Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.  Please join us in congratulating Senator McConchie and his family.

 Welcome Chairman Mark Shaw

MarkThe Lake County Republican Party would like to congratulate and welcome our new Chairman, Mark Shaw.

Mr. Shaw, 55, was elected by a unified and unanimous delegation at the Lake County Republican Convention, April 13th, at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth, Illinois.

Mark takes over the reins of the Lake County Republican Central Committee eagerly and enthusiastically looking forward to the future.  He acknowledges we live in a diverse County and need to work together on the principles uniting all of us.  He believes we must be willing to engage with others who currently do not understand our philosophy of smaller, smarter, more fiscally prudent government.

A resident of Lake Forest, Chairman Shaw brings with him a wealth of experience serving over 22 years as a Precinct Committeeman, eight years as the Chairman of West Deerfield Township and four years as the State Central Committeeman of the 10th Congressional District.  In addition to his political experience, Mark has been a businessman in Lake County for over 20 years, is an attorney and a pharmacist.  His diverse background will give him a unique perspective to tackle this new role.

Executive Committee

Please welcome the new members of the 2016 – 2018 Executive Committee:

Mark Shaw, Chairman,  Marjorie Kubalanza, Chairwoman, Michael Danforth, 1st Vice Chairman, Ted Livengood, 2nd Vice Chairman, Lynn O’Brien, 3rd Vice Chairman, Peggy Siebert, Secretary, Jennifer Neubauer, Treasurer, Frank Bessette, Antioch Township, Phil Howe, Avon Township, Robert Mitchell, Benton Township, Nick Sauer, Cuba Township, Jim Dorfman, Ela Township, Glenn Garamoni, Fremont Township, Nancy Kubalanza, Grant Township, John Lorentzen, Lake Villa Township, Ray Lester, Libertyville Township, Martin Zeidman, Moraine Township, Rick Neal, Newport Township, Scott Helton, Shields Township, John Munger, Vernon Township, George Sinnokrak, Warren Township, Bob Cook, Wauconda Township, Bob Byrne, Waukegan Township, Hilary Till, West Deerfield Township and Blake Hudson, Zion Township.


Spring Primary Election, 2016

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About Us

The Lake County Republican Central Committee exists to help Republican elected officials and candidates and to promote Republican ideals of fiscal responsibility and limited government.

The Lake County Central Committee meets:

When:      The 3rd Monday of each month
Where:     Lake County Republican Headquarters
Address:  320 Peterson Road, Libertyville
Time:         7:00 P.M.

Upcoming Events

  1. Lake County Fair

    July 27 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Lake Forest Days

    August 2 @ 6:00 pm - August 3 @ 11:00 pm
  3. PARADE – Lake Forest Days

    August 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  4. Fundraiser for Judy Martini and Barb Wheeler

    August 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. North Chicago Community Days

    August 5 @ 11:00 am - August 7 @ 5:00 pm
  6. Milton Freidman Economic Freedom Dinner

    August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  7. PARADE – North Chicago Community Days

    August 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
  8. Gurnee Days

    August 11 @ 8:00 am - August 14 @ 10:00 pm
  9. Dawn Abernathy – Flying to the 59th State District

    August 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  10. Lindenfest

    August 11 @ 6:00 pm - August 14 @ 5:00 pm

If you would like your Republican event added to this website, please contact us at:

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