• Rauner, Roskam Highlight 2014 Dinneree

    tickets-iconJoin Committeeman Bill Cadigan and the New Trier Republican Organization (NTRO) as NTRO hosts its 76th Annual Fall Dinner Oct. 12, 2014 at Allgauer’s on the Riverfront in Northbrook.

    NTRO’s own Bruce Rauner, the GOP nominee for Governor, will be the featured speaker, and he will be joined by Congressman Peter Roskam. Rep. Roskam, who represents the Eighth Congressional District, is an influential and responsible voice in Washington.

    We also expect 10th District Congressional Candidate Bob Dold to join us as well as other statewide and local candidates and officeholders. This is our largest fundraising event of the year, and your support is critical to the local get out the vote efforts NTRO performs.

    Tickets are $125 for dues-paying NTRO members and $150 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $1,250.

    Register for the event here.

    We hope to see you at the Fall Dinner as we close in on what will be a truly monumental November in Illinois as we send Bruce Rauner to Springfield!

  • Wine and Cheese (and Ice Cream!)

    Purchase your tickets here!Join NTRO as we welcome State Sen. Jim Oberweis, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, to our annual Wine and Cheese Party. This year, Sen. Oberweis is challenging longtime Democrat Senatorial demagogue Dick Durbin.

    Purchase your tickets here and join us from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Winnetka’s Indian Hill Park.

    Sen. Oberweis will also bring ice cream from his Oberweis Dairy to share with us. Sen. Oberweis knows how critical an election year 2014 is in the annals of Illinois’ 196-year history. NTRO led the push to make Bruce Rauner our nominee, and well-known NTRO members are major linchpins in the effort to get the Illinois Fair Map and the Term Limits amendments on the ballot in November.
    But we also know that as badly as Pat Quinn needs a new line of work, change will be difficult so long as Mike Madigan is in charge of Springfield. State Reps. Laura Fine and Scott Drury cast their first vote in the General Assembly last year — to reinstall Madigan as House Speaker. There is a better way, and Kathleen Myalls and Dr. Mark Neerhof will be at our event explaining why we need to give them our full support this Fall.

    This event is a favorite among North Shore Republicans as a number of prominent Republican candidates, officeholders, activists, and party leaders attend. At $15 for dues-paying NTRO members and $25 for non-members you not only can afford it; you cannot afford to miss it! Purchase your tickets here.

    Please note the new location this year. After many years at beautiful Clarkson Park in Northfield, we have decided to move our event into the heart of New Trier Township at INDIAN HILL PARK, across Winnetka Ave. from our NTRO headquarters.

    * Note: If you pay at the door, tickets will be $20 for NTRO members and $30 for non-members.

  • GOP Primary By Numbers

    Republican nominee for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner answers questions from the media just after casting his vote in Hubbard Woods on March 18. NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan looks on.

    Republican nominee for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner answers questions from the media just after casting his vote in Hubbard Woods on March 18. NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan looks on.

    Back in January, the New Trier Republican Organization heartily endorsed our own Bruce Rauner for Governor. Last week’s primary results clearly demonstrated that we delivered on our pledge to support him in overwhelming numbers. Here are some numbers that help tell the story of a clean but hard fought victory for Bruce Rauner in New Trier Township:

    • 77% The percentage of Republican votes Bruce Rauner received in New Trier Township. This was Bruce’s highest vote percentage of anywhere in the entire state.
    • 4,640 The raw total of votes Bruce Rauner received in New Trier Township. This vote total exceeded that of every suburban Cook County township, except for our GOP friends in Wheeling Township, where the number of registered voters is well over twice that of New Trier.
    • 6,100 The number of sample ballots mailed to Republican voters in New Trier Township, headlining our endorsement of Bruce Rauner for Governor.
    • 6 The number of Metra train stations (Glencoe, Hubbard Woods, Winnetka, Indian Hill, Kenilworth, Wilmette) NTRO volunteers worked campaigning on behalf of Rauner.
    • 100% The number of precincts where NTRO recruited and placed at least 2 trained and vetted Republican election judges.
    • 0 The number of complaints of irregularities or voting equipment malfunctions at New Trier’s 27 polling places.
    • Too Numerous to Ignore The number of anecdotal accounts we received from election judges where fed-up Democrats and independents in New Trier Township took Republican ballots to vote for Bruce in the primary.

    The other part of the story is the outreach and financial support that New Trier Republicans provided to Bruce and his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. A year ago when Bruce was not well known to Republican activists outside our area, we invited him to be the featured speaker at our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. That event was packed and the warm welcome and early expressions of support he received were well publicized in the mainstream and social media. During the year since then, Bruce and Evelyn have been featured at every NTRO event.

    Many of the business and civic leaders who live in our community that provide the energy, ideas and resources that sustain the GOP party structure and candidates throughout the State of Illinois and the rest of the nation were early financial supporters of Bruce’s campaign. That support allowed Bruce to launch an effective and sustained television ad campaign as he traversed the state meeting and gaining the support of GOP voters and activists from across the philosophical spectrum.

    Last Tuesday provided a great victory for Bruce, our party and our state. You can be proud of your efforts to support NTRO and the work we did on Bruce’s behalf in our community. I am confident that with your support we can do the same thing in November.

    Warm regards,








  • Kirk’s First Year Back

    Sen. Mark Kirk’s first year back in the Senate after his stroke was inspiring. This video played as NTRO introduced Sen. Kirk at our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner March 1, 2014.

  • Early Voting Open

    Early voting has begun in Cook County, and you can vote at any one of the many suburban Cook County early voting locations or the Cook County Building downtown.

    Early voting takes place through Saturday, March 15. Click here for a list of early voting locations. The closest early voting location is Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette.

    You can also apply for an absentee ballot here. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by March 17 and must reach the Cook County Board of Elections no later than April 1 to be counted.

  • NTRO Releases Sample Ballot

    Our sample ballot listing our endorsed candidates is out! Please print this out and bring it with you to the ballot box.

    Winnetka residents, please note: We also support trustee candidates Carol Fessler and Dr. Marilyn Prodromos of A Better Choice for Winnetka.

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  • Kirk Inspires NTRO at Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

    Chris Robling moderates a Q-and-A with a fellow New Trier native, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) at the New Trier Republican Organization's Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner March 1, 2014, at the Winnetka Community House.

    Chris Robling moderates a Q-and-A with a fellow New Trier native, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) at the New Trier Republican Organization’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner March 1, 2014, at the Winnetka Community House.

    The escalating crisis in Ukraine dominated the discussion as U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) returned home to New Trier Township as guest of honor at the New Trier Republican Organization’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Saturday.

    “I think we’re probably 48 hours away from a Russian invasion of Ukraine to crush that democracy,” Kirk told moderator Chris Robling, a conservative commentator and another New Trier native. “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin has a completely out-of-date view of Russia’s role in the Black Sea and he wants to make sure he controls a completely outdated, withered fleet in the Black Sea.”


    A packed room at the Winnetka Community House looks on as U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (right) answers a question from Chris Robling.

    Kirk, who was at an event in Chicago’s Ukrainian-American community earlier in the day, recalled the Russian invasion of Georgia during the George W. Bush Administration. As a Senior Naval Intel Officer, he was in the Pentagon watching the board light up with Russian units marching into Georgia, reminding Kirk of the old Cold War drills simulating a Soviet invasion of NATO.

    At the time Sen. Kirk remembered that Bush had promised the Georgian government that he would airlift their troops back to Georgia if needed when Georgia joined the coalition involved in the Iraq War. Such a promise would take a massive airlift and, in those circumstances, an airlift with Russian fighter planes in the skies. Kirk wondered if Bush would follow through with his promise, and to his delight, Bush did
    “It was great to see a Commander-in-Chief with that level of commitment,” Kirk said.

    Sen. Kirk does not see the same kind of commitment from President Obama, who has preferred talks with the Iranian government over a tougher approach, championed by Kirk and Sen. Robert Menendez. Kirk worked with Menendez and other Senators from both sides, including New York Democrat Chuck Schumer on building a coalition in favor of a tough bill.

    “If there is a center of the pro-Israel community in the country, it’s here in the 10th,” Kirk said. “That community empowered me to build support on the Iran bill with the other side.”

    NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan (left) and moderator Chris Robling (center) lead the room in a toast for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

    NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan (left) and moderator Chris Robling (center) lead the room in a toast for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

    Kirk, a native of New Trier Township, represented the area for 10 years as 10th Congressional District Representative. Saturday’s dinner was his first appearance at an NTRO event since his 2012 stroke. Unsurprisingly, he was greeted warmly by an overflow crowd. An emotional video chronicling Senator Kirk’s recovery and first year back in the Senate was shown, and it had some in the room misty-eyed as the video recalled NTRO’s 2012 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner where attendees were able to send him get well wishes by video.

    Sen. Kirk also talked about the disastrous roll out of Obamacare and his efforts to rein in federal spending. Robling told Kirk that PAC Americans For Prosperity listed Kirk as the most fiscally conservative member of the Illinois delegation, and Kirk added that the Club for Growth gave Kirk a 100 percent rating as a fiscally conservative Senator.

    As for Obamacare, Kirk believes allowing insurance to be sold across state lines and comprehensive malpractice reform to be the centerpiece of a Republican alternative. When an NTRO member asked Sen. Kirk if Congress should pursue legal remedies against the Obama Administration for unilaterally making 28 changes in the law, Kirk cautioned against that, saying that it could turn into a legal dead end and to instead focus on repeal.

    “I think Obamacare will unwind itself,” Kirk said. “It’s completely and fundamentally unsound.”
    One of Kirk’s pet issues is reducing the length of time injured veterans must wait to get their claims adjudicated. Right now, it takes more than 400 days. Kirk wants to reduce the wait to a maximum of 120 days. Robling asked Kirk why it takes as long as 400 days.

    “We let the Democrats run the government,” Kirk replied.

    Other Republicans attending included NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan, former 10th District Congressman Bob Dold (again a candidate for the 10th District), candidate for Secretary of State Mike Webster, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, State Representative candidates Kathy Myalls (17th), Leslie Munger (59th) and Dr. Mark Neerhof (58th) as well as Illinois GOP Chairman Jack Dorgan.

    Dorgan, Dold, Cadigan and Webster each made remarks, as did candidates for Winnetka Trustee Carol Fessler and Dr. Marilyn Prodromos.

    NTRO endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor (as well as Doug Truax for Senate and Tom Cross for Treasurer) last month and the walls of the room were adorned with Rauner and Cross signs. Team Rauner was represented at the event by his running mate, Lt. Governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti.

    Sanguinetti told her story of growing up poor in South Florida, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant teenage mother and an Ecuadorian immigrant father. Entrance into a magnet school changed her life, as she became a concert pianist, attorney, adjunct law professor and Wheaton city councilman.

    While other Lt. Gov. candidates have said they will focus on one issue or another, Sanguinetti said she views her role more comprehensively.

    “I will need to be Bruce’s partner on every issue, because if something happens to him, I will be expected to take his place,” she said.

    Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti, Bruce Rauner's choice for Lt. Gov., makes her case for a Rauner-Sanguinetti Administration.

    Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti, Bruce Rauner’s choice for Lt. Gov., makes her case for a Rauner-Sanguinetti Administration.

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    To view some highlights of Sen. Kirk’s visit, click here.

  • Mark Kirk’s night with NTRO

    Mark Kirk came to our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner March 1, 2014 and was greeted by a packed house. New Trier Township native Chris Robling moderated a discussion about a number of issues. Highlights are below:

  • NTRO to host Sen. Kirk

    Join us March 1 for our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner as we start the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in New Trier Township!

    This year’s guest will be one of NTRO’s all-time favorite sons: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. Sen. Kirk has inspired us with his determined recovery from his January 2012 stroke, returning to the Senate last year. We are excited that he is joining us for an event he is no stranger to.

    Bruce Rauner, who secured NTRO’s endorsement for Governor last month, will also make remarks. Look for other officeholders, candidates and familiar faces as well.

    The Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner is NTRO’s big spring fundraiser and social event, and we hope you can join us. Register here and pay in advance, or simply call NTRO headquarters at (847) 251-6100 or e-mail ntro.events@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Dinner tickets are $75 each for 2014 members and $100 for non-members. Sponsorships are available as well. Please RSVP by Feb. 24!

    Reception: 5:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 6:15 p.m.

    About our speaker
    Mark KirkKirk is a United States Senator from Illinois. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Senator Kirk graduated from Winnetka’s New Trier High School and attended Blackburn College and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México before earning a B.A (cum laude) in history from Cornell University. Senator Kirk also earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University, and has served as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve since 1989.

    Senator Kirk worked as a staff member for Congressman John Porter before moving to work at the World Bank and later the State Department. He practiced law at Baker & McKenzie before serving as a counsel to the House International Relations Committee. In 2000, Mark was elected to the House of Representatives where he served five terms before his election to the U.S. Senate.

    In January 2012, Senator Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke and underwent surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to relieve swelling in his brain. After nearly a year of intensive recovery and rehabilitation, Senator Kirk triumphantly returned to work by climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2013. Friends and colleagues from both sides of the aisle cheered as Senator Kirk walked up the Capitol steps. Senator Kirk reflected that his return to the Senate was one of the greatest moments of his life.

    Senator Kirk currently serves on four Senate Committees: 1) Appropriations, 2) Banking, 3) HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions), and 4) Aging. Senator Kirk is the Ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

  • Rauner, Truax, Cross Endorsed by NTRO membership

    NTRO's endorsed candidates include (from left) Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer.

    NTRO’s endorsed candidates include (from left) Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer.

    The New Trier Republican Organization endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor, Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Tom Cross for State Treasurer Saturday after a spirited two and a half hour session at the Wilmette Community Recreation Center.

    At the session, Rauner, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, and State Sen. Bill Brady all appeared as did State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate Steven Kim of Northbrook. All four campaigns presented their cases to receive the endorsement of NTRO membership as well as the Republican organizations from Evanston and Niles townships, who were part of the event and held their own separate votes.

    Rauner impressed the constituency with his calls to change the culture in Springfield, earning 80.3 percent of the votes cast.

    Meanwhile, Downers Grove business owner Doug Truax, a veteran and West Point graduate, impressed the membership with his wide knowledge of health care earning 71.2 percent of the vote over State Sen. Jim Oberweis.

    In the Treasurer’s race, State House Minority Leader Tom Cross bested CPA Bob Grogan by earning 60 percent of the vote.

    Several other unopposed candidates received endorsements: Bob Dold for 10th Congressional District, Paul Schimpf for Attorney General, Michael Webster for Secretary of State, Judy Baar Topinka for Comptroller, Kathy Myalls for 17th Statehouse District, Dr. Mark Neerhof for 58th Congressional District, James Pieczonka for 12th District Subcircuit Judge, Herb Schumann for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Bill Cadigan for New Trier Township Committeeman.

    “I am grateful for all the candidates that appeared today,” Cadigan said. “Our membership is a very thoughtful, independent-minded group, and they enjoyed the chance to hear from all the campaigns and vigorously question them on the issues. We are excited to support our endorsed candidates as they capture our party’s nomination in March and all the way to victory in November.”