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From the Lake County Clerk’s Office
Message to Prospective Candidates for 2018
2018 ELECTION PREPARATION
The dates listed below are in compliance with the Illinois Election Code for established political party candidates wishing to appear on the March 2018 ballot.
August 28, 2017
Courtesy Nominating Petition Packets and Signature Requirements will be available on-line on our Petition Packets and in-person at the Lake County Clerk’s Office.
September 5, 2017
First day to circulate nominating petitions for signature, not before.
November 27, 2017
The first day to file nominating petitions.
December 4, 2017
The last day to circulate and file nominating petitions.
For additional in-depth information about the upcoming election go to the Illinois State Board of Elections website and check the Candidate’s Guide and the Election and Campaign Finance Calendar.
Antioch Republicans Fish Fry – October 18, 2017
The Antioch Township Republican Club held its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Wednesday, October 18th at Port ‘O Blarney’s Restaurant. Guests were treated to thoughtful insight from Congressman Randy Hultgren, Judge Christy Bishop and Judge Chris Stride. Congratulations to the Club’s “Lillian Golonka Award” winners Tom and Sherry Crichton.
To see more photos from the Dinner, click here: PHOTOS
2nd Amendment Dinner – October 13, 2017
Lake County Republicans turned out on Friday, October 13th, for the first of its kind 2nd Amendment Dinner. Thanks to the evening’s master of ceremonies, Walsh Freedom’s own Joe Walsh, his wife, Helene, and all of our guests who attended.
To see more photos from the Dinner, click here: PHOTOS
Lake County Republican Picnic – September 17, 2017
On Sunday, September 17th the Republican Party of Lake County held its annual Family Picnic at Caboose Park in Lake Villa. Thank you to all the workers and guests who attended. Special thanks to picnic Chairman, Tom Weber, the grill masters, Bob and Melissa Cook and the corn maestro, Glenn Garamoni.
To see more photos from the Lake County Republican Picnic, click here: PHOTOS
RALC Picnic – September 10, 2017
With perfect weather for a Club picnic, the RALC welcomed over 100 guests to the Lakewood Forest Preserve on Sunday, September 10th. Serving over 100 hamburgers, 80 hot dogs, 2 dozen brats and several dozen ears of corn, Bob Cook and Glenn Garamoni were the master chefs of the day.
To see more photos from the RALC Picnic, click here: PHOTOS
Zion Jubilee Days Parade – September 4, 2017
The Zion Jubilee Days Parade marks the unofficial end of the summer parade season. Held on Labor Day, this parade is one of the biggest in Lake County. Thank you Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran for being there!
Also, thank you to all of our Republican elected officials, candidates and volunteers who participated in the numerous parades over the summer of 2017. It is because of all of you we were able to show a strong Republican presence in our communities.
Lake Forest Days Parade – August 2, 2017
On August 2nd, North Shore Republicans and friends turned out in force for the annual Lake Forest Days Parade. Thank you to all who helped make this event a successful representation of Republican pride on the southeast side of the County.
To see more photos from the parade, click here: PHOTOS
4th of July Parades – 2017
The parade season for the Republicans was a success again this year. We covered the majority of parades in Lake County and had a great response from the community. Thank you to all of you who were able to help with the coverage in various capacities this year. We need everyone to make good things happen!!
Precinct Committeemen Breakfast & Training – June 24, 2017
The Republican committeemen and women of Lake County were treated to an energizing training session and breakfast on Saturday, June 24th at Austin’s Eatery in Libertyville. Preparing for the upcoming Fall petition cycle and elections, attendees were presented with tools and ideas for getting out the vote by former State Representative Bob Churchill, Lake County Chairman Mark Shaw, Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff, Virginia Wood and the Illinois Rebuild Project.
Other honored guests included Lake County Treasurer David Stolman and Sheriff Mark Curran.
Libertyville Days Parade – June 17, 2017
Despite the stormy weather, Republicans turned out to celebrate the first parade of the summer at the Libertyville Days Festival. Among the rain-dodging participants were State Senator Dan McConchie, Lake County Treasurer David Stolman, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Lake County Republican Chairman Mark Shaw and the Libertyville Republican Organization.
And so it begins . . . If you are interested in walking (or riding) with your fellow Republicans in any of the upcoming Independence Day parades, contact Mark Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know you are available to help. We are looking for new and seasoned walkers to help cover the large number of parades. This is a great way to meet new people and have fun helping our Republican candidates and office holders.
New “In the News”
Be sure to check out our new page on this website entitled “In the News”. Each week, Chairman Shaw will share an update on what is happening with the State Republican Party and lawmakers.
Lake County States Attorney Speaks on Opioid Initiative
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Lake County States Attorney Michael Nerheim spoke with the Grant Township Republican Club about the heroin and opioid epidemic in our country and the Lake County Opioid Initiative. It was an eye-opening discussion which needs to be heard by every member of our community.
RALC Reagan Dinner
Pat Kammerer Receives Service Award
On April 5, 2017, Mrs. Patricia (“Pat”) Kammerer was awarded a plaque by the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization (WDTRO), at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, for her 10 years of service as a precinct committeeman and captain. Mrs. Kammerer is 88-years-old and has been a role model for deeply committed Republicans in both Lake Forest and in the Township of West Deerfield.
Pat is a past President of the Women’s Republican Club and has been a GOP stalwart for decades. She has offered constant inspiration and has always been available to lend her support, advice, and encouragement to the Women’s Republican Club and WDTRO members. Pat will be moving to sunnier climes later this month and will very much be missed!
Wauconda Republicans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Republican revelers turned out in their finest green attire for the Wauconda Republican’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Guests were treated to a full Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner prepared by Bobby’s Barrel Inn of Volo. Elected officials present included keynote speaker, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, State Senator Dan McConchie, State Representative David McSweeney, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper, County Board Members Judy Martini and Mike Danforth, Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart and many other local officials, Republican committeeman, friends and family.
To see more photos from the Wauconda dinner, click here: PHOTOS
Ela Republicans at Expo
On March 11th, the Ela Township Republicans showed support for their community by participating in the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Attendees included U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam, State Senator Dan McConchie and State Representative Nick Sauer. Thank you to the Ela Township Committeemen for representing the Republican party at the expo!
Ela Republicans in Action
Along with hosting a Republican booth on March 11th, Ela Republicans paid a visit to our neighbors to the west and attended the McHenry County Republican’s annual fundraiser dinner. Governor Rauner was the guest speaker for this countywide event.
Danforth Appointed to County Board
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Michael Danforth was officially sworn in as the newest member of the Lake County Board. Danforth replaces Nick Sauer as the board member for District 17. Congratulations to Michael and his family. We look forward to his presence on the County Board.
Grant Township Lincoln Day Dinner
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Grant Township Republican Club hosted their annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The longest continuously running Lincoln dinner in the State of Illinois, guests attended from Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties. This year’s 300 guests were treated to an informative and, at times, light-hearted presentation from U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren. Our very own Chairman Mark Shaw was a speaker in the program, and our Chairwoman Marjorie Kubalanza was presented with the Adam Skrzenta Leadership Award.
To see more photos from the Lincoln Day Dinner, click here: PHOTOS
Should Voters Elect County Board Chairman?
By Russel Lissau – as printed in the Daily Herald, February 1, 2017
Of all the county boards in the Chicago suburbs, Lake County’s is the only one with a chairman selected by its members rather than voters at large. Newly proposed legislation could change that. State Sen. Terry Link, a Vernon Hills Democrat, has introduced a plan in Springfield that would let voters decide who serves as the Lake County Board chairman, starting in 2020. Traditionally, the chairman is chosen every other December by county board members after that year’s general election. By law, the chairman is chosen from the board’s membership. Vernon Hills Republican Aaron Lawlor has been the board’s chairman since 2012. The chairmen of the Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will county boards all are chosen by voters. McHenry County switched to that system last year, and in November voters there elected former state lawmaker Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat and proponent of the change. “All the other counties have it, so why shouldn’t Lake,” Link said. Link said he first proposed this change about a decade ago but the plan didn’t gain traction. He believes voters should decide who leads the board. “It’s just bringing us to the same level as all the other counties,” he said, adding that he has no interest in the job. Link also said he has “no problem” with Lawlor’s leadership of the board. In a news release and in comments Tuesday, Lawlor voiced support for the change, but said voters should decide whether to alter how the chairman is elected. “Obviously, it’s a tectonic shift in how we run county government,” he said. Lawlor said he will ask Link to amend the legislation to allow a referendum on the issue, as was the case in 2014 when McHenry County voters chose to elect their board’s chairman. “Voters should be able to say what they want, rather than Springfield dictating what they need,” he added. Link said he is open to Lawlor’s proposal. “That’s not a bad idea,” Link said. “That’s what they did in McHenry, and it worked. ”Beyond just the chairman issue, Lawlor also proposes asking voters if the county board should be reduced by at least four members and if decennial redistricting should be reformed using an impartial, nonpartisan mapping process. “(Link’s bill) is an important step forward, but doesn’t go far enough in enacting meaningful good government reforms and safeguards that protect professionalism over political patronage,” Lawlor said. “We have the ability to use county board redistricting reform to serve as a model for the state,” he added. Link insisted the redistricting issue is a state concern, not a county one. As for asking voters if the board should shrink, Link said the board has the power to do that itself. In fact, it went from 23 to 21 members in 2012. Lawlor intends to ask the county board’s finance committee today to put the measure on its Feb. 8 agenda in support of his position. Today’s meeting is at 1 p.m. at the county government center in Waukegan. The full board could vote Feb. 14, Lawlor said. “I’m seeking the board’s support for my position on the bill and then we’ll go from there,” he said.
Lake County Republicans go to Washington D.C.
Three weeks ago, we tuned into our televisions to see the inauguration of our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Many of us watched, wishing we could attend this grand event. For two of our Lake County Precinct Committeemen, that wish was a reality. West Deerfield Chairman Hilary Till and Moraine Chairman Marty Zeidman both had the opportunity and privilege to attend the Inauguration and the events preceding it. With their permission, we are sharing some of the photographs of their experience.
Hilary’s experience started with the assistance of Congressman Peter Roskam whose office helped her and her husband, Joseph, with tickets to the ceremony. Once in Washington D.C., they participated in various activities including an open house at Congressman Roskam’s office in the Rayburn Building, an open house for Utah Congresswoman Mia Love, the Lincoln Memorial Concert and the Heartland Ball. A visit to the Holocaust Museum the day after the inauguration put them in the middle of the protesters when they exited the museum.
Attending with friends, some of Marty’s activities included the Lincoln Memorial Concert, the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball where he met Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center. Marty also had some very prime seating to the Inauguration Ceremony where he was able to see President Trump take the oath of office.
To see more photos from Marty and Hilary, click here: PHOTOS
WRC Inauguration Viewing Party
On January 20, 2017, the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff sponsored an Inauguration Viewing Party at the Graffiti Grill in Lake Bluff. Over 50 people turned out for an afternoon filled with food and fellowship. The mood in the room was electric as attendees viewed the swearing-in of our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Individuals expressed much optimism in the anticipated changes to come with the new administration.
RALC Elects New Officers
On Thursday, January 19th, the Republican Assembly of Lake County elected their new officers. Congratulations to Chairman Robert Bednar, Vice Chairman Glenn Garamoni, Treasurer Michael McKay and Secretary Mary Biron.
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