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Most Lake County Board seats, countywide offices will have competitive races next fall

Four of the 14 Lake County Board members and one of the four countywide incumbents up for election in 2018 remained without challengers Monday, which was the last day established-party candidates could file the paperwork and signatures necessary to appear on their party’s March primary ballot.

Independent candidates and those seeking to represent newly established parties don’t file paperwork until the spring.

To read more from the Lake County News Sun, click here.

Positive stories about the GOP are ignored

From our President, Larry Falbe, to the Daily Herald:

Why do the media in general only print or show negative stories about Republicans? On a recent Friday evening, the Lake County Republican Federation gathered at Conway Farms Golf Club to celebrate and honor Lake County women Republican leaders. However, the event was ignored by the media.

The decidedly newsworthy evening featured many women Republican political leaders, past and present, including former Comptroller (and current deputy governor) Leslie Munger, county board members Ann Maine and Carol Calabresa, state representative candidates County Clerk Carla Wyckoff, Superintendent of Schools Roycealee Wood, state representative candidates and numerous judges.

The evening began with the presentation of the Federation’s rare Lifetime Achievement Award to trailblazer Corinne Wood, who served as Illinois’ first female lieutenant governor. The award was presented to her by current lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who happens to be the first Latino female lieutenant governor in the nation. It was all capped off by a keynote presentation by our Republican candidate for Attorney General, Erika Harold, who is an African-American female.

Why is it, then, that this event received not even the slightest mention in the press? When the media eagerly run stories promoting the Republicans’ so-called “War on Women,” and someone like former first lady Michelle Obama makes national headlines when she characterized the Republicans as the party of “gray and white” men, it surely sets up the newsworthy counter-narrative: the diversity found in the Republican Party is at best overlooked, and too often totally ignored.

The lack of coverage of our event honoring strong female Republican leaders is especially glaring in light of the frenzied media coverage of a few weeks ago for the Lake County Republican Central Committee’s Second Amendment dinner.

Where is the media when the Republicans attempt to showcase our diversity and fabulous women leaders and trailblazers? Sadly, nowhere, it seems.

Lawrence Falbe

President, Lake County Republican Federation

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Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of “A Celebration of Women Republican Leaders”

Last Friday, the Lake County Republican Federation celebrated over 50 past, current, and future women Republican leaders with a reception at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

The evening featured many women Republican political leaders, past and present, including former Comptroller (and current Deputy Governor) Leslie Munger, county board members Ann Maine and Carol Calabresa, state representative candidates such as Cindy Masover (58th Dist.) and Karen Feldman (59th Dist.), County Clerk Carla Wyckoff, Superintendent of Schools Roycealee Wood, numerous judges including Christy Bishop, and many others.  The evening began with the presentation of the Federation’s rare Lifetime Achievement Award to trailblazer Corinne Wood, who served as Illinois’ first female Lieutenant Governor.  The award was presented to her by current Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who happens to be the first Latino female lieutenant governor in the nation.  It was all capped off by a keynote presentation by our Republican candidate for Attorney General, Erika Harold, who is an African-American female.

“In a world where Republicans are stereotyped as being old, white, and male, we were proud to showcase our diversity and fabulous women leaders and trailblazers,” said Lake County Federation President Larry Falbe.  “Our guests of honor represent only a fraction of the leaders who have served the party in various capacities over the years.”

The goal of the event is to raise the funds necessary for a successful 2018 election campaign.  Proceeds will be used towards grassroots organizing efforts, upgrading technology, maintaining Lake County Republican Headquarters, and providing staff support for the Lake County GOP.

The Lake County Republican Federation has provided service to Republicans for over fifty years. To learn more about how you can contribute with your time, talent, or treasure, visit www.lcgop.org or call Erin Westphal at (847) 680-6680.

State officials visit Lake County to learn about substance abuse programs

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and state health officials visited Waukegan on Friday to discuss the opioid crisis and learn about Lake County’s efforts to battle substance abuse.

Sanguinetti also was scheduled to be among the featured guests at a $100-a-plate fundraiser for the Lake County Republican Federation on Friday night in Lake Forest.

To read more from the Daily Herald, click here.

GOP fundraiser to honor women

The Lake County Republican Federation will celebrate female GOP leaders at a political fundraiser Friday in Lake Forest.  Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti will be among the featured guests.

To read more from the Daily Herald, click here.

Lake County Republican Federation Announces “A Celebration of Women Republican Leaders”

The Lake County Republican Federation announces their fall event, A Celebration of Women Republican Leaders, will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and features Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Attorney General candidate Erika Harold.  Various former and current Lake County women elected officials will be recognized, as well as candidates who are circulating petitions for the 2018 Republican primary in March.

“Lake County has a long tradition of many strong, dedicated female political leaders hailing from the Republican Party, said Federation President Larry Falbe.  “We are proud to bring many of these leaders together to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the amazing example that they have set for all of us.”

The Lake County Republican party has a long history of including women in all aspects of their organization. From State Senator Adeline Geo-Karis to former Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood, to former Comptroller Leslie Munger, Lake County Republican Women have been at the forefront of public service and leadership locally and statewide.

The goal of this celebration is to raise the funds necessary for a successful 2018 election campaign.  Proceeds will be used towards grassroots organizing efforts, upgrading technology, maintaining Lake County Republican Headquarters, and providing staff support for the Lake County GOP.

The Lake County Republican Federation has provided service to the community, candidates, and local elections for over fifty years. To learn more about how you can contribute with your time, talent, or treasures, visit www.lcgop.org or call Erin Westphal at (847) 680-6680.

Tickets are $100 per person.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For further information or reservations, please contact Erin Westphal at (847) 680-6680 or email erin@lcgop.org.