COUNTDOWN TO THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Republican Picnic – September 18, 2016
Thank you to all of our elected officials, candidates, precinct committeemen and women, friends and neighbors who turned out on Sunday to make our Republican picnic a wonderful and successful event. With sunshine and temperatures in the 80’s, over 400 people filled the grounds of the Serbian Monastery in Third Lake. Feasting on roasted corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, pork and many other goodies, attendees certainly did not leave hungry! Guests were afforded the opportunity to meet and talk with our great candidates one-on-one as well as networking with other like-minded Republicans. Let’s make sure we keep the intensity, energy and enthusiasm displayed at the picnic going to get ALL of our Republican candidates elected on November 8th!!
To see pictures from this event, click: PHOTOS
Young Republicans Meeting – September 14, 2016
On Wednesday, September 14th, the Young Republicans held their monthly meeting at a local establishment to discuss their upcoming Fall Cookout on October 1st. To learn more about this event, click: HERE
Beat Hillary at the Distillery Event – September 10, 2016
On what proved to be a very busy day during this election cycle, the Lake County Republican Central Committee in conjunction with the Lake County Republican Federation and the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest – Lake Bluff held an event at the North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks. Nearly 70 dedicated Republicans were in attendance to meet with Congressmen Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam. Notable candidates and officials included Arlen Gould, representing Senator Mark Kirk, Dan McConchie, MIke Nerheim, Keith Brin, David Stolman, Carla Wyckoff, Roycealee Wood, Bob Haraden, Howard Cooper, Sid Mathias, Dawn Abernathy, Robert Ochsner and Ann Brennan.
To see pictures from this event, click: PHOTOS
Lake County Contractors Cook-Off Competition – September 10, 2016
On Saturday, September 10th, the Lake County Contractors Association held their annual Cook-Off Competition Tailgater at Tempel Smith Farms in Old Mill Creek. Several of our Republican leaders participated in this event as both as chefs and as judges. Participants included Chairman Mark Shaw, Circuit Court Clerk Keith Brin, Coroner Candidate Howard Cooper, Recorder of Deeds Candidate Bob Haraden, Circuit Court Judge Christen Bishop and Shields Chairman Scott Helton and Vice Chairman Dan Rogers.
The “celebrity” judges appear to have left well fed!! To see pictures from this event, click: PHOTOS
Labor Day Parades – 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, we had a tremendous Republican turnout at both the Buffalo Grove and Zion Days Parades. With the beautiful weather, spectators as well as participants were out in full force to celebrate the last days of summer. Candidates and campaigns were well represented in both parades. Participants included the Kirk campaign, the Dold campaign, Leslie Munger, Mike Amrozowicz, Sheri Jesiel, Mike Nerheim, Mark Curran, Keith Brin, David Stolman, Carla Wyckoff, Howard Cooper, Dawn Abernathy, Sid Mathias, Jeff Werfel and Darryln Coleman along with our Chairman Mark Shaw and many dedicated volunteers. Thank you to all who participated.
To see more photos of this event click: PHOTOS
Taste of Serbia – September 3 & 4, 2016
On September 3rd and 4th, the Republican Party of Lake County had a large community presence at the Taste of Serbia weekend festival held in Mettawa. Sponsoring a booth at the event, many of our candidates, including Senator Dan McConchie, States Attorney Mike Nerheim, County Clerk Carla Wyckoff, Senate Candidate Mike Amrozowicz and County Board Candidate Ann Brennan turned out to work it. Thank you to our candidates as well as all of our great volunteers who came out to support this community event.
To see more photos of this event click: PHOTOS
Committeemen Training Breakfast – 2016
On Saturday, August 27th, the Central Committee sponsored a training seminar for our Lake County Republican committeemen. More than 100 committeemen were in attendance for this event. Thank you to all those who were able to attend the all-day session. Special thanks to our guest trainer, Illinois National Committeewoman, Demetra Demonte, who traveled from Tazwell County to participate in this session.
To see more photos of this event click: PHOTOS
Illinois State Fair – 2016
Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair included meetings with the Governor, State Central Committee and Chairman’s Association. Attendees pictured are Mark Shaw, Larry Falbe and John Munger.
Lake Forest, Lindenfest and Gurnee Days Parades
Our Republican officials, candidates and volunteers have been out in full force this summer meeting and greeting families across the County at the various parades and festivals. Among some of the events recently attended were the Lake Forest Days Parade, the Lindenfest Parade (in Lindenhurst) and the Gurnee Days Parade. To view photos of these events click: PHOTOS
Let’s keep up the good work spreading our message to the community!
Lake County Fair
Thank you to all of our great Republican volunteers who showed up to man our booth at the Lake County Fair. All 18 Townships were represented at the fair and many of our elected officials and candidates pitched in to help out. The interest from the public in our message was overwhelming. Visitors were lining up to take photos with our life-sized “Donald Trump” cut-out each day. From the traffic passing through our exhibit, it is clear voters are motivated and engaged in this election cycle.
To see pictures from the Fair, click here: PHOTOS
Lake County Republican Party Family Picnic
Join the Lake County Republican Party for our Family Picnic on Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 PM at the Serbian Monastery in Third Lake. Hot dogs, hamburgers, roast corn, roast pork, beverages (including beer and wine for those over 21) and more will be served. A disc jockey, kids’ games, prizes and more will also be available for your enjoyment. Come out for a free day of family fun and meet our Republican officials and candidates. For more information, click here.
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!
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.
Walkers are needed for the upcoming Independence Day Parades. Please visit our calendar and come out and join us!!
“Paint Lake County Red” Event
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.
**SEE THE PHOTOS PAGE FOR MORE PICTURES OF THIS EVENT.**
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.
During 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. 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!!
**SEE THE PHOTOS PAGE FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE CONVENTION.**
Congratulations to the New Senator for 26th District, Dan McConchie
Welcome 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.
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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