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UPDATE X5: What changes took place last night in your county GOP organization?

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Throughout Illinois Wednesday night, county GOP organizations elected organization officials and prepared for the upcoming state convention May 19 – 21 in Peoria. 

County, state and national conventions are hot topics this election season – thanks to controversies at the presidential campaign level. 

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Chicago GOP's Chris Cleveland, outgoing Cook Co GOP Aaron Del Mar, incoming Chairman Sean Morrison – photo by Kevin Suggs

  • Cook County GOP has a new head – Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison of Palos Park, succeeding Aaron Del Mar of Palatine. 
  • Macoupin County GOP re-elected their county chairman Terri Koyne
  • Gloria Pereia de Campos was elected chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party, succeeding outgoing chairman Darrell Dunham.

What happened in your area?

UPDATE X1: Chicago Republican GOP meeting shut down due to Democrat protesters. Read more HERE.

UPDATE X2: At the Will County Republican Convention that is held every two years, with nearly 100% attendance in person or by proxy, the membership unanimously elected Kathy Havel of Naperville the new Will County Republican Chairman and Marianne DeMeritt (most Republican votes in the County) the new Secretary of the Will County Republican Central Committee. Kathy then gave a fine speech about our previous successes and her plans to take the WCRCC to new highs. Will County Republican politics is unique among our neighbors with decades going by without a contested election for Republican Chairman. Our Will County Republican future looks bright with our newly elected officers. - from Ed Ronkowski, previous Will County GOP Chairman via George Pearson.

UPDATE X3: Mercer County Republicans elected a new executive committee and state convention delegates, including Jay Doherty – Chair; Linda Sarabasa – Vice-Chair; Laurie Bluedorn – Secretary; Joe Vann – Treasurer. A slate of five delegates and three alternates was also chosen unanimously for the Illinois Republican State Convention on May 19-21 in Peoria.

UPDATE X4: Sheila Mullennix-Devall tells us that Tazewell County GOP re-elected Mary Burress as county chairman, along with several State Convention delegates. 

UPDATE X5: By a unified and unanimous vote, the Lake County GOP delegation elected their new Chairman, Mark ShawChairman 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. 

Other notable news from the convention was the naming of the honoree of the Raymond G. Card Lifetime Dedication Award. The recipient of this award was Robert Byrne of Waukegan. Mr. Byrne is a long-time resident of Waukegan serving the community through numerous organizations.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The Cook County Republican Central Committee meeting in Chicago was somewhat chaotic. Outgoing Chairman Aaron Del Mar demonstrated, once again, that he cannot conduct a meeting properly. There was some confusion caused by his lack of preparation and planning. Many attendees had not received notices and the location was hastily changed.
    Once the meeting was finally convened, there were no real surprises since Sean Morrison had secured pledges of support and proxies beforehand, but meeting could have been much smoother. Del Mar actually permitted one of the “ousted” committeemen to vote because he did not bother to familiarize himself with most of the Chicago committee members during the past month.

  2. Last night at the Will County Republican Convention that is held every two years, with nearly 100% attendance in person or by proxy, the membership unanimously elected Kathy Havel of Naperville the new Will County Republican Chairman and Marianne DeMeritt (her precinct had the most Republican ballots out of 307 precincts in Will County) the new Secretary of the Will County Republican Central Committee. Kathy then gave a fine speech about our previous successes and her plans to take the WCRCC to new highs. Will County Republican politics is unique among our neighbors with decades going by without a contested election for Republican Chairman. Our Will County Republican future looks bright with our newly elected officers.

  3. Any changes in Kane County GOP?
    Not a damned one. All current officers re-elected, no other nominations, elected “by acclamation.”
    Biggest problem: not enough committeemen left to fill all our available delegate seats for the State GOP Convention.