Nick Sauer to the Illinois State House

The Central Committee would like to congratulate Nick Sauer as he begins his service in the Illinois General Assembly for the 51st District and thank him for his prior service on the Lake County Board.  We are confident Nick will be up to the challenge in Springfield.

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We would also like to thank Ed Sullivan, Jr. for his 14 years of service in the General Assembly.  Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah



As 2016 begins to wind down, we would like to reflect on some of the reasons we should be grateful.  This year was fraught with twists and turns, but ended on a promising note for our future.  Our Country elected a Republican President and we have a Republican House and Senate.  There is an optimism for the future we have not seen for the last eight years.  We have made many new friends and have come together as a group to work, share ideas and plan for 2017.  By the grace of God, we are here to look forward to and experience the new year.  We have our families and friends as well as our Republican family; this is far more valuable than any physical treasure.

 And . . . the Chicago Cubs won the World Series!!!!  Proof ANYTHING is possible!!!

 Thank you for all your support in 2016.  We would not have come this far without each and every one of you.  There is much work to be done in 2017 and we will need everyone to be there.  For the next few weeks, let’s take some time to renew, refresh and enjoy our families and extended families.  We wish all of you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.

 Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Central Committee will not Meet – December 19th

The Central Committee meeting, scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016, has been cancelled.   Hopefully this will give everyone more time to spend with their families and friends during this wonderful holiday season.  We want to wish of you and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and blessed holiday season!

President-Elect Trump rally in Milwaukee Area – December 13th

MADISON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is planning a return visit to Wisconsin next week on the day an election recount must be done.


Trump has scheduled a stop on Tuesday night at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis. Vice president-elect Mike Pence was also scheduled to join him.

Trump has been traveling around the country holding rallies as part of what he’s dubbing his “thank you” tour.

Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1984. Trump’s visit is on the same day Wisconsin must certify the election results.  A recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein is ongoing and so far few votes have changed.

Wisconsin Presidential Election Results – Recount

As many of you are aware, the Green Party candidate has launched a successful campaign to push the state of Wisconsin into a recount of the November Presidential election results.  This recount is currently underway.  Because of this, the Republican Party in Wisconsin is looking for volunteers to aid in overseeing the recount process.  If you are interested in helping, please click on the following link:

Wisconsin Recount

Lake County News

Congratulations to our new Republican office holders in Lake County:


HOWARD COOPER, CORONER                                                            JUDY MARTINI, COUNTY BOARD DIST. 5

We look forward to great things from both of you as we move forward into 2017.

Thank you to our outgoing Lake County Republican officials:



We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication and look forward to great things from you in the future.

Happy Thanksgiving



The Lake County Republican Central Committee would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  Let us all take time to appreciate the people in our lives and reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us.  Thank you for your service and volunteerism.  We are grateful for your support and would not be here without you.

During this time of giving, please check on your neighbors who may be alone this holiday season.   This simple gesture may make a difference in their day.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Election Day Recap

To our Candidates

A sincere thank you to ALL of our Republican candidates who ran in the November 8, 2016 election.  We are proud of each and every one of you.  You represented our Party with class and dignity.  Without individuals like you, who are willing to make personal and professional sacrifices, we would not have a fighting chance.  The results of this election were more successful for some than others, but because of your involvement, we all win.  We win because we live in a great country where we have the opportunity to elect our representation.  We win because we can choose freely to cast our votes.  And, we win because we have great people like you who make up our Party.  Whether the results of your particular race put us over the top or came up just short, we need all of you to keep our Party strong.  Sometimes winning comes easy.  Other times we struggle.  It is how we use these moments that make us stronger.  It is how we continue to motivate ourselves to fight.  It is how we continue to build and win!!

The Good

Congratulations, Republicans!!  We have a new REPUBLICAN President-Elect, Donald J. Trump.  Talk about beating the odds.  There was not a poll out there projecting Mr. Trump to win.  Pundits were shocked by the outcome of the election.  And yet, the silent majority across America came out, voted and voted strong.  Not only did Mr. Trump win, Republicans were able to maintain leadership in both the House AND the Senate.  We look forward to a cohesive government full of many worthy accomplishments.


To our Volunteers and Committeemen

A special thanks to all of the volunteers and committeemen who worked tirelessly to get our candidates elected.  Whether you worked on a particular campaign or worked for all our Republican candidates, thank you.  This election is over, however our work is not ending.  Stay tuned and stay focused.  There is much work to be done.  We need you!!

To our Voters

Thank you for supporting our candidates.  We may not always agree on the philosophies or politics of some of our neighbors, but we do believe in the core principles of our Republican Party.

Get out the Vote Rally – November 5, 2016

On Saturday, November 5th, Republicans joined together for a Get Out the Vote Rally at the Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather an left energized and ready for a Republican victory!!


Pictured here are (left to right):  Congressman Randy Hultgren, Congressman Peter Roskam, Congressman Bob Dold, Comptroller Leslie Munger, Circuit Court Clerk Keith Brin, Coroner Candidate Howard Cooper and Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

Prior to the rally, volunteers were trained in poll watching and other election day tasks.  To see pictures from this event, click:   PHOTOS

Congratulations, Chicago Cubs!!



With election day fast approaching and emotions running high, what a great example the Chicago Cubs have given us of never giving up!!  Down 3 to 1 in the series with their backs against the wall, the Cubs won the next 3 games to be our World Series Champions!   Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and all their fans.  You have demonstrated what it means to be a team, work together and never quit.  May we follow their example and never give up!!  Let’s bring a win to our team this Tuesday!!!

Our Candidates

Keeping with the teamwork theme, we need to make sure we get out the vote for our team.  There may be individuals on our ticket you are more enthusiastic about than others, but we need to make sure we are voting for all our Republican candidates . . . our Republican team!!  We live in a great country where we are afforded the opportunity to vote for our leadership.  We had a Primary Election this past Spring and voted these candidates onto our ballot.  It is now time to make sure we vote them into office.  To recap, here are our candidates for this election:

Donald Trump President Keith Brin Circuit Court Clerk
Mark Kirk U.S. Senate Mike Nerheim State’s Attorney
Peter Roskam U.S. Rep. 6th Dist. Howard Cooper Coroner
Robert Dold U.S. Rep. 10th Dist. Bob Haraden Recorder of Deeds
Randy Hultgren U.S. Rep. 14th Dist.
County Board
Leslie Munger Comptroller Linda Pedersen District 1
Dan McConchie IL Senate 26th Dist. Darrlyn Coleman District 2
Ben Salzberg IL Senate 29th Dist. Brent Paxton District 4
Mike Amrozowicz IL Senate 31st Dist. Judy Martini District 5
Pamela Althoff IL Senate 32nd Dist. Steve Carlson District 7
Nick Sauer IL Rep. 51st Dist. Laura Lambrecht District 11
David McSweeney IL Rep. 52nd Dist. Mike Rummel District 12
Martin Blumenthal IL Rep. 58th Dist. Ann Brennan District 13
Dawn Abernathy IL Rep. 59th Dist. Carol Calabresa District 15
Robert Ochsner IL Rep. 60th Dist. Timothy Walsh District 16
Sheri Jesiel IL Rep. 61st Dist. Aaron Lawlor District 18
Rod Drobinski IL Rep. 62nd Dist. Sidney Mathias District 20
Barb Wheeler IL Rep. 64th Dist. Ann Maine District 21
Thomas Swarthout NSWRD Ward 2
Kenneth Arnold NSWRD Ward 4

Lake GOP Team 2016


Antioch Republicans’ Fundraiser – October 12, 2016

The Antioch Republican Club held their annual Fish Fry Fundraiser on October 12th.  With great representation from across the Northern part of the County, Antioch honored Precinct Committeeman John McNeill with their lifetime achievement award.  Congratulations, John!!


To see pictures from this event, click:   PHOTOS

Amrozowicz for State Senate – September 28, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28th, a full house of Republicans turned out at Holiday Inn in Gurnee to welcome Governor Bruce Rauner.  The Governor was on-hand to support State Senate Candidate, Mike Amrozowicz in his bid for the 31st District seat.


To see pictures from this event, click:   PHOTOS

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

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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

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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.

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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!


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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!

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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.

Are you registered to Vote?

Not sure, check your voter’s status on the Lake County Clerk’s “Voter Power” page.

Click on the following link to check:   VOTER POWER

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. Grant Township Republican Club Meeting

    January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Fox Lake – Round Lake Rotary Club 11th Annual Chili Cook Off

    January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. Ela Township Republican Meeting

    January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Federation Leadership Council Breakfast Featuring Steven Rauschenberger

    February 8 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
  5. Grant Township Republican Club Lincoln Day Dinner

    February 11 @ 6:00 pm
  6. Central Committee Meeting

    February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Law Enforcement/Special Olympics Polar Plunge

    February 26 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
  8. PARADE – St. Patrick’s Parade

    March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  9. Wauconda Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

    March 18 @ 6:00 pm
  10. Central Committee Meeting

    March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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