• Dold sworn in with 114th Congress

    WASHINGTON — NTRO member Robert J. Dold of Kenilworth was sworn in as Illinois’ 10th District Representative along with the rest of the 114th Congress.

    Congressman Dold, who earned a reputation in his one term from 2011-2013 as a thoughtful, independent Republican who would engage Democrats while promoting the Republican agenda, was greeted by an Illinois delegation that includes Sen. Mark Kirk, a longtime friend of NTRO. Reps. Randy Hultgren, Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus, Aaron Schock and Peter Roskam complete the list of Republicans representing Illinois.

  • Thank You For A Successful 2014

    Thank you. To everyone that donated their time and resources to our candidates, put up yard signs, made phone calls, knocked on doors and did their part this election cycle, we cannot be more grateful. NTRO‘s Bruce Rauner, who walked from his home in Winnetka to Sacred Heart Parish Election Day morning to vote, is now Governor-elect Rauner. Bob Dold, will return to Capitol Hill in January. Tom Cross ultimately lost in one of the closest state-wide contests in history in his bid for treasurer, and Judy Baar Topinka scored re-election as Comptroller. Finally, Glenview’s James Pieczonka, a longtime friend of NTRO, won his hard-fought campaign for Cook County 12th Subcircuit Judge.

    In the 17th State Rep District, Kathy Myalls ran a great campaign. Though she did not prevail in her race, Kathy has a very bright future in GOP politics and she deserves our gratitude for forcefully taking on Mike Madigan’s machine. In the 58thDistrict, Dr. Mark Neerhof also put together an impressisve campaign but came up a bit short.

    Our work is not done, so now we begin to look to 2015. Can you take a moment now to take care of your 2015 membership dues?

    In just a few short months, we’ll gather for our St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. We will host other events as the year goes on, including our Wine and Cheese Party and Fall Dinner. NTRO Members get reduced prices to attend these events, which have hosted the who’s who of Illinois politics the last few years. Three of Illinois’ biggest Republican stars are Bruce Rauner, Mark Kirk and Bob Dold, all NTRO members, and all fixtures at our events.

    Most importantly, your support will ensure that we can build on the momentum the Republicans built this November statewide and nationally again in 2016 and beyond.

    We appreciate your past support, and we look forward to delivering you the good news that comes in the months and years ahead as Illinois gets back on the right track.

  • Chicago Dem Party Boss Berrios abuses power to aid State Rep. Laura Fine

    State Representative Laura Fine Family Illegally Claims Two Homeowner’s Exemptions While Berrios Targets Fine’s Republican Opponent

    GLENVIEW, IL (October 15, 2014) State Rep. Laura Fine and her husband Michael have been illegally claiming two Illinois homeowner’s exemptions. The Fines claimed one exemption on a single family residential rental property in Glenview and a second homeowners exemption on their family home, also in Glenview. According to public records obtained from Cook County property and taxing agencies, Michael Fine is listed as a taxpayer on their family home as well as their rental property in Glenview and claimed the homeowner’s exemption on both properties, which is illegal. Local Republican leaders will turn over their findings to the Cook County Inspector General and they are demanding a full investigation.

    The discovery of Fine’s improper claim of two homeowner’s exemptions comes just a week after a spokesperson for Cook County Assessor and Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios’ office was quoted in a north suburban publication that they intend to revoke the homeowner’s exemption claimed by Fine’s Republican opponent, Kathy Myalls, and her husband. Republican officials allege Berrios based this action on false information given to him by Fine’s campaign operatives and north suburban Democratic Party officials. “Berrios determined – without even speaking to Myalls or her husband – that they did not “reside” in Wilmette despite overwhelming facts to the contrary, not the least of which was their children’s continuous and exclusive enrollment in Wilmette schools since they were old enough to attend,” says Bill Cadigan, New Trier Township Republican Organization Committeeman. “We hope Berrios, who ruled without due-process in the Kathy Myalls homeowner’s exemption case, will act as swiftly now that the facts are known of this willful case of fraudulent behavior by the Fine family.”

    Cadigan said they will turn over materials related to Berrios’ blatant abuse of power to the Cook County Inspector General’s office including information about his rush to judgment in the Myalls case and the obvious favoritism given a political ally, Laura Fine. Berrios is currently embroiled in litigation with the Inspector General’s office as he continues to assert that he is not subject to the jurisdiction of that office when it comes to responding to subpoenas and cooperating with efforts to root out waste and corruption.

    According to real estate records, Rep. Fine’s husband, Michael, has an ownership interest with two partners in a single family residential rental property located at 4711 Lilac Avenue, Glenview, Illinois. Records show that none of the co-owners reside at the Lilac Avenue property and all claim a homeowner’s exemption elsewhere.

    Fine has filed three tax appeals on Lilac Avenue property in the last 10 years. The first two times the appeals resulted in a reduction in the assessed valuation. There are no documents in the public record that indicate he ever lived there, so it is unlikely he could have produced documentation of his residence at the Lilac Avenue address. Republicans officials want to know how Fine was able to get the homeowner’s exemption on the property.

    Before news of her own improper exemptions became public, Rep. Fine praised Berrios’ actions in the Myalls case saying “residents carried the tax burden with so many people being granted erroneous exemptions. If you want to make laws in Springfield as a legislator, you should abide by them.”

    “It is the height of hypocrisy that Rep. Fine would have her operatives plant false information with Berrios just as Kathy Myalls is gaining momentum in this close election, when Fine’s own family so blatantly and intentionally violated the property tax laws,” says Cadigan.

    “The race in the 17th District is tight and Laura Fine and the Democrats have to resort to these tactics because they know she cannot defend her record in Springfield of being a rubber stamp for Mike Madigan,” says Kathy Myalls. “Double standards, corruption and the abuse of power are the on-going results of one-party control. North suburban voters are fed up with this and want change. ”

  • 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.