There was certainly a lot going on this weekend, and I have to say that I really felt some energy among the local GOP that seems to have been lacking for some time. Maybe this is a sign of better times ahead.
Lake County Republican Federation: First, the Lake County Republican Federation held its 48th annual meeting at Conway Farms Country Club in Lake Forest. I have been going to that breakfast meeting for about 10 years and it was a bigger, and more enthusiastic crowd, than I can ever remember. Of note, longtime Executive Director Antonietta "Ant" Simonian passed the ED torch to Chelsea Stanley, who will take up her duties at Lake County GOP Headquarters later this week. Ant received a long and loud standing ovation from the assembled crowd in recognition of her years of service carrying water for the elephant.
For those of you who know Ant, you know that she has been the heart and soul of the Lake County Republicans for the past decade, and earlier. But if you know Ant, you also can predict that after a bit of a rest, she will no doubt be back in Lake County politics in some capacity, so watch this space for her next move. Good luck and best wishes to Chelsea, who I know will do a great job, even though she has enormous shoes to fill.
Bill Cadigan Announces: As we noted here earlier last week, Winneka Attorney Bill Cadigan officially announced for the 10th District race to succeed outgoing Congressman Mark Kirk. Cadigan was present at the Federation breakfast meeting on Saturday, at which former Asst. U.S. Attorney (and the guy who put former governor George Ryan behind bars) Patrick Collins was the keynote speaker. Cadigan and Collins then hotfooted it over to Olive - Mary Stitt school in Arlington Heights, where he made his official announcement and received endorsements from Collins, former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger, and popular and well-respected Wheeling Township Supervisor Mike Schroeder.