Lake County GOP updated on November election results: Keynote Speaker, John Tillman, CEO, Illinois Policy Institute

January 30, 2011


The Lake County Republican Federation held a Leadership Council Breakfast on Thursday, January 27, at The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest.  John Tillman, CEO, Illinois Policy Institute, gave the Keynote Address. Fifty Leadership Council Members attended the event as Bronze, Silver, and Gold Circle Members and Patron Donors. 

The following elected officials and candidates were in attendance:  U.S. Congress, 10th Congressional District, Congressman Robert Dold; Illinois State Representative Sandy Cole (62nd); County Clerk Willard Helander; County Board Commissioner Steve Mountsier (Dist. 17); County Board Chairman David Stolman (Dist. 21); Judge Dan Shanes; Judge Joseph R.Waldeck; Robert Cook, Republican Party Chairman; Sandy Stuart, President Lake County Republican Federation; and TeamAmericanBlogger and Mettawa Trustee Larry Falbe. 

Opening remarks were made by Sandy Stuart, President of the Lake County Republican Federation.  He ensured all present that every gold, silver, and bronze membership helps candidates continue their mission in Lake County.

Following Stuart’s remarks, the honorable Sandy Cole, 62nd District State Representative, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Recently elected Lake County Board Chairman, David Stolman, who replaced former Chair Suzi Schmidt after defeating incumbent Michael Bond in the 31st District, spoke on the Political Landscape of Lake County.  Mr. Stolman related how all County Board members were up for election next time around.  He then cautioned that Democrats will be mounting a campaign against present Republican County Board members in an attempt to capture a majority representation on the Board.  

David Stolman remains committed in trying to make sure all Republican Board members remain as a cohesive unit, to protect the Republican majority image.

Robert Cook, Chairman, Lake County Republican Central Committee, introduced the elected official and candidates as stated above.

Sandy Stuart was given the honor of presenting the guest speaker, CEO John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute.   Before his introduction, Mr. Stuart spoke of the recent 67% tax increase passed in the Lame Duck Session of the General Assembly, continuing on to compliment the House Republican caucus for holding firm in its opposition to the 67% tax hike.

John Tillman initial remarks took the form of two questions:  Whether those present were happy with the election results at the federal level and then at the state level?, which called forth a resounding “Yes” for federal and “No” for state.

Tillman made the following points:

  • Elections have consequences.  Voter turnout in downstate counties was not good.  It came in at 47.7%; in Cook 51%.
  • 1.2 million people left Illinois from 1991 to 2009, one person every 10 minutes.
  • Loss of population from 1995 to 2007 resulted in $163 billion in lost income for Illinois.
  • The tax hike could really be a good thing, like Obamacare, drawing battle lines between the two parties.
  • Illinois is really a conservative state.  The Republican brand was tarnished by George Ryan.
  • Politicians are under intense pressure when it comes to holding the line on spending.
  • Reducing spending is agreed to in principle, except when it comes to “my” project.
  • Collar counties represent 24% of the suburban vote.  Republicans must appeal better to independents and women.
  • Being in the minority demands boldness from the Republican Party.
  • Municipal pensions are 80% funded because politicians don’t control the fund!
  • States with no income taxes are doing better than states with income taxes.
  • School boards are being taken over by the union (IEA).  Candidates are being selected and funded by union money.
  • It is imperative that pension reform be addressed to move Illinois forward.

John Tillman outlined a three-point plan put forth by the Illinois Policy Institute to set Illinois on a path toward financial stability.  1)  Repeal the tax hike (Only 33% of Illinoisans believe a tax increase will fix the problem.).  2)  Freeze spending (Borrowing must also stop as a means to pay down the ever increasing debt.)  3) Reform of the pension system (Public employees make more money than similar workers in private employment, with pensions far higher than Social Security recipients receive.).

Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to supporting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives.  Research is currently being done and shared by the Illinois Policy Institute on Budget and Taxes, Education, Government Reform and Transparency, and Transportation.  Information on these and other timely topics can be found at .

Closing remarks were given by Sandy Stuart.  It was emphasized that all should be involved in getting out the vote for the very important upcoming municipal elections.   

DSC00083       Sandy Stuart,  President, Lake County Republican Federation and John Tillman, CEO, Illinois Policy Institute


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