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04/18/2017

Lake County Republican Federation revealed speaker for Spring Gala's 55th anniversary

Republican National committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be the keynote speaker for its 55th anniversary Spring Gala. Federation President Larry Falbe says this will be McDaniel's first engagement in Illinois since her election in January.

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04/12/2017

LCRF Announces RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel as Keynote Speaker for 55th Annual Spring Gala

The Lake County Republican Federation announces Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be the Keynote Speaker for its 55th Anniversary Spring Gala. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Illinois. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. more
11/14/2016

The Making of President Donald Trump

All the data. All the models. All wrong

It was almost 3 a.m. when the President-elect finally took the stage, his blue suit, white shirt and red tie perfectly matched to the phalanx of flags arranged behind him. The polls and the experts and the data modelers predicted it would be a woman for the first time in the nation’s history — but no, it was another man, another blue suit, another red tie.

And yet, if it had been the woman, everyone would have known what to expect.

Donald John Trump, political novice, self-promoter and gleeful provocateur, was elected the 45th President of the United States on Nov. 8 in one of the most extraordinary and unforeseen developments in American history. more
11/14/2016

Madigan, Democrats losing House supermajority

The Democrats' supermajority in the state House is on its way out.

That means Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn't have to worry about the Democrats overriding his vetoes by themselves, at least for the next two years.more
11/14/2016

McConchie cruises to win in 26th State Senate race

With nearly all precincts counted late Tuesday night, state Sen. Dan McConchie held a 20-point lead over his Democratic challenger as he sought election to the Barrington-area legislative seat he was appointed to earlier this year, according to unofficial results.

McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods Republican, had 61,074 votes, 60 percent of the total, with 164 of 167 precincts reporting. Kelly Mazeski, a Barrington Hills Democrat and political newcomer, was behind with 41,467 votes.more
11/14/2016

Lawlor Coasts to Reelection to Lake County Board

Lake County Board member Aaron Lawlor coasted to re-election Tuesday night.

Lawlor, a Vernon Hills Republican, thumped first-time Democratic candidate Gerri Songer of Hawthorn Woods 7,763 to 6,130 in the race for the 18th District seat, unofficial results showed.more
09/16/2016

Event: ‘Beat Hillary at the Disttilary


United States Congressmen Bob Dold (10th), Randy Hultgren (14th) and Peter Roskam (6th) will headline the unified Lake County Republican “Get Out the Vote” benefit Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks.
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04/19/2016

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of 54th Annual Spring Gala

The Lake County Republican Federation welcomed over 450 guests to the Marriott Lincolnshire on Friday, April 15th, for their 54th Annual Spring Gala, featuring keynote speaker Governor Bruce Rauner.more
04/03/2016

Lake County Republican Federation Announces 54th Anniversary Spring Gala

The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that its 54th Anniversary Spring Gala will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and $1,250 for a table of ten. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available. Prominent Republicans from all over Lake County will be in attendance.
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12/17/2015

Lake County Republican Federation Announces Results of Presidential Straw Poll

The Lake County Republican Federation welcomed over 100 guests to Timothy O‘Tooles Libertyville to watch the Republican Presidential Debate, held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of the event, a straw poll was conducted with the attendees. Senator Marco Rubio won with nearly a third of those who voted, followed by Senator Ted Cruz, while Donald Trump rounded out the top three vote-getters. more
04/28/2015

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of 53rd Annual Spring Gala


The Lake County Republican Federation welcomed over 400 guests to the Marriott Lincolnshire on Friday, April 17th, for their 53rd Annual Spring Gala, featuring keynote speaker Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).more
04/02/2015

LCRF Announces Senator Tim Scott as Keynote Speaker for 53rd Annual Spring Gala

The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will be the Keynote Speaker for its 53rd Anniversary Spring Gala.  The event takes place on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The cocktail reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.more
12/09/2014

Lake County Board Chair will focus on Route 53, economic growth in second term

Vernon Hills will retain its influence on Lake County’s government for at least the next two years.

Aaron Lawlor, district 18’s county board representative, was reelected on Dec. 1 to a second two-year term as chairman of the 21-seat panel. Lawlor is 32 years old and a Republican from Vernon Hills.more
12/08/2014

Willard Helander reminisces about time as Lake County Clerk

When Willard Helander decided to run for Lake County Clerk 20 years ago, she did not set out to be the one to help lead the county into the realm of 21st-century technology.

Turning typewriter expertise into an automated system of preparing marriage licenses is one of the stories Helander told a gathering of more than 80 people who came to honor her service Saturday, Dec. 6, at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park.more
11/13/2014

Bruce Rauner defeats Pat Quinn for governor

Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner was the projected victor Tuesday night in a cliff-hanger of an Illinois governor’s race that saw unprecedented amounts of money spent in a bitter battle to oust Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.

With 90 percent of the precincts tallied, Rauner took 51 percent of the total vote, while Quinn had 46 percent.more
11/13/2014

Dold takes hotly contested 10th Congressional District race

Representative-elect Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) will return to the House of Representatives after winning his rematch with Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) Tuesday, Nov. 4, in a hotly contested, expensive race for the 10th Congressional District seat.

As of Wednesday morning, Dold had accumulated 93,036 votes to Schneider’s 86,572, according to unofficial tallies from Lake and Cook county clerks’ websites. The margin was more than double Schneider’s winning 2012 total.more
11/13/2014

Republican Jesiel retains 61st House District

State Rep. Sheri Jesiel, a Republican from Winthrop Harbor, scored a decisive victory Tuesday over Democratic challenger Loren Karner, taking the 61st District seat with about 58 percent of the vote.

Jesiel, who was appointed to the seat in July, received 17,498 votes while Karner, also of Winthrop Harbor, garnered 12,547 votes. The unofficial totals includes reports from all 70 precincts.more
11/13/2014

Lake County Board member wins treasurer’s office

With all precincts counted, Lake County Board member David Stolman will be taking over the treasurer’s office.

According to unofficial totals, Stolman earned 58 percent of the vote to Wadsworth Mayor Glenn Ryback’s 42 percent.more
11/13/2014

Grayslake trustee captures Lake County Board seat

Grayslake Trustee Jeff Werfel is moving up the political ladder.

Werfel, a Republican, topped Democrat John Wylie for a Lake County Board seat in Tuesday's election.more
11/05/2014

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran reelected with 60 percent of vote

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran was reelected Tuesday with about 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial vote totals.

With all 415 precincts reporting, Curran had secured 99,541 votes to Democratic challenger Jason Patt’s 66,037.more
11/05/2014

Republican Carla Wyckoff to take over as Lake County Clerk

With all precincts reporting, unofficial vote totals have Republican Carla Wyckoff taking over as Lake County Clerk.

Wyckoff earned 108,117 votes, or 57.6 percent of the vote. Democrat Janet Kilkelly fell short with 42.4 percent.more
10/31/2014

Endorsements for Illinois Senate

Still, there's good reason to vote if you're one of the lucky (and few) citizens who live in a district with a genuine
race. You can bring more independence and balance to the legislature. You can chip away at the vast power of
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.more
10/25/2014

Tribune choices for races in Lake County

The Tribune offers endorsements today in contested countywide races in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.more
10/23/2014

Endorsements for the Illinois House

Democratic Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills is running one of the most disgusting campaigns in the state. A TV ad and robocall for Sente say Republican opponent Leslie Munger supports allowing pedophiles in schools. That's just wrong. more
10/21/2014

Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor

Almost three years ago, we announced the Chicago Sun-Times would no longer endorse candidates in elections. But, as we announced yesterday, we will again endorse candidates, starting with the gubernatorial race.

This one contest, the race for governor, is simply too important to the future of Illinois for us to stay silent. It may well be the most important election in our state’s modern history. On Nov. 4, voters will decide if Illinois is to grow and charge ahead, reclaiming its place as one of the great states in the Union, or to settle — once and for all — for defeat and decline.more
10/17/2014

Endorsement: Wyckoff for Lake County clerk

Voters will choose from two candidates with vastly different backgrounds to replace retiring Lake County Clerk Willard Helander. Waukegan Democrat Janet Kilkelly, 61, is a Waukegan Park District commissioner and former Waukegan Township trustee. Carla Wyckoff, 66, a Lake Forest Republican, has no elected experience, but she is a Lake County assistant state's attorney who has been the primary liaison with the clerk's office for more than a decade.more
10/17/2014

Endorsement: Stolman for Lake County treasurer

The race for Lake County treasurer pits Lake County Board member David Stolman, a Buffalo Grove Republican, against Wadsworth Mayor Glenn Ryback, a Democrat. Incumbent Robert Skidmore is retiring. Stolman, 65, is an attorney. and Ryback, 61, is a real estate professional. Both offer strong public service resumes and civic involvement. We believe Stolman is the stronger of the two candidates. more
10/15/2014

Endorsement: Return Curran as Lake County sheriff

The race for Lake County sheriff has been spirited and contentious. Republican Mark Curran, 51, the two-term incumbent from Libertyville, faces Democrat Jason Patt, 36 of Zion, who has run an aggressive campaign.more
10/15/2014

Endorsements: Werfel and Bartels in Lake County Board races

Voters in Lake County's 6th District are fortunate to have two strong candidates vying to replace longtime Democratic county board member Pat Carey, who is stepping down. Republican Jeff Werfel of Grayslake cruised through the primary election to face Democrat John Wylie, who also lives in Grayslake. 

The two candidates battling for outgoing Lake County Commissioner Diana O'Kelly's 10th District county board seat cite job creation and controlling spending as key to the county's future. Both Republican Chuck Bartels and Democrat Mike Jennings come across as quite passionate about Lake County as a wonderful place to live and work. And both, we believe, would work hard on the board to keep it that way.more
10/13/2014

Endorsement: Drobinski in House Dist. 62

Many in Lake County government were outraged in May 2013 when lawmakers in Springfield surprised them with a bill that included creating a Lake County Election Commission, a new layer of government derided locally as unnecessary, expensive and unwanted. Democratic lawmaker Sam Yingling of Grayslake voted for that bill, which we find egregious for a lawmaker representing Lake County. With that vote as a backdrop, we endorse his opponent, Rod Drobinski of Wauconda, a Lake County assistant state's attorney and Fremont Library Board trustee. more
10/13/2014

Endorsement: Munger in House Dist. 59

There are some votes in a highly partisan state like Illinois that are so egregious that lawmakers need to be held accountable for them. One such vote was a bill in May 2013 that, among other things, created a Lake County Election Commission. No one has owned up to originating the bill creating the commission, which Lake County government leaders opposed as expensive and illegally targeting a single county. Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills voted for it, a position we find outrageous coming from a representative of Lake County. With that vote as a backdrop, we endorse her opponent, Republican Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire.more
10/13/2014

For governor: The Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner, to revive Illinois

With that restoration of Illinois' competitiveness as our towering priority, the Tribune Editorial Board endorses businessman Bruce Rauner for governor. We urge voters to grant Rauner the power to revive Illinois.

What does Rauner, the Republican nominee, bring to the job?

From the get-go, Rauner has campaigned on the urgent need to shatter the self-serving political power structure in state government and promote a dramatically different agenda to get Illinois growing again. He knows that the answer isn't more tax increases. Unlike the ruling class in Springfield, he doesn't see employers as enemies useful only to be milked. He wants government to be of a size taxpayers can afford.more
10/13/2014

Endorsement: Dold over Schneider in 10th Congressional District

Truth be told, we like both of the candidates in this race -- incumbent Democrat Brad Schneider of Deerfield and Republican Robert J. Dold of Kenilworth, who held the office for one term before losing to Schneider two years ago. They're both thoughtful. They both represent suburban values. We think each is a better candidate today than he was two years ago.

But the reality is this: When Dold held the office, he maintained the district's tradition of independent representation, with a voting record that was one of the most bipartisan in Congress. In the two years that Schneider has held office, he has not.more
04/19/2014

New Lake County GOP Leader Wants Unity


The newest leader of Lake County's Republican Party calls himself a conservative.

But unlike those conservatives who dismiss anyone with views even slightly different from theirs, Mike Amrozowicz isn't about to write off socially moderate members of the GOP as "Republicans In Name Only."
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04/19/2014

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of 52nd Annual Spring Gala


The Lake County Republican Federation welcomed over 300 guests to the Marriott Lincolnshire recently for their annual Spring Gala, featuring keynote speaker Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. more
04/05/2014

Senator Ron Johnson to Speak at Lake County Republican Federation 52nd Annual Spring Gala


The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) will be the Keynote Speaker for its 52nd Anniversary Spring Gala.  The event takes place on  Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.  more
03/26/2014

Lake County Republican Federation Remembers Ray Card

Raymond Card of Waukegan, a member of the Lake County Republican Federation’s Board of Governors and a longtime volunteer for the Lake County Republican Federation, passed away Monday, March 24. He was 75.more
03/04/2014

Two Years After Stroke, Sen. Kirk Making Strides

It’s been just over 2 years since a stroke nearly took Mark Kirk’s life and a year since his return to Washington.
Only now is Kirk really hitting his stride.more
01/27/2014

General Assembly Minority Leaders Christine Radogno and Jim Durkin visit Lake County

State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and State House Minority Leader traveled up to Lake County to warm up local Republicans on a cold morning with an update on Springfield to the Lake County Republican Federation Leadership Circle.more
12/13/2013

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of “A Conversation with Senator Mark Kirk”

The Lake County Republican Federation welcomed over 150 guests to the Marriott Lincolnshire on Friday, December 6th, for “A Conversation with Senator Mark Kirk.”more
11/26/2013

Lake County Republican Federation Announces Rescheduled Date for “A Conversation with Senator Kirk"

The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that their special reception featuring Senator Mark Kirk, originally scheduled on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, has been rescheduled to Friday, December 6th. more
10/04/2013

Lake County Republican Federation Announces "A Conversation with Senator Mark Kirk"

The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Kirk will be the featured guest for a special reception on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. more
04/24/2013

Gov Mike Huckabee to speak at Lake County Republican Federation 51st Spring Gala

The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) will be the Keynote Speaker for its 51st Anniversary Spring Gala. The event takes place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. more
12/18/2012

Federation taps Erin Westphal as new Executive Director

The Lake County Republican Federation will have a new executive director in 2013. Erin Westphal of Grayslake replaces Chelsea Stanley, who has served in the position for just over three years.more
12/04/2012

County Board ushers in new leadership

The Lake County Board unanimously elected Aaron Lawlor as the new County Board Chairman at their December 3rd meeting.more
11/07/2012

Keith Brin wins Circuit Court Clerk contest

Keith Brin handily wins the race for Circuit Court Clerk.  more
11/07/2012

Nerheim tops Kennedy for Lake County State's Attorney

Republican Mike Nerheim wins all-important Lake County State's Attorney race.more
11/07/2012

Lake County Election Results

The votes are in. Republicans hold the county board and take the State's Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk races.more
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