The Lake County Republican Federation will welcome Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as the keynote speaker for its annual Spring Gala, to be held at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort on Friday, April 16th. As a top contender for vice-president as John McCain's running mate in 2008, many suspect he is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2012.
Other expected guests are Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for U.S. Senate, Joe Walsh, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, Bob Dold, candidate for the 10th Congressional District, and Bill Brady, candidate for Illinois Governor. Bob Cook, the new Lake County Republican Chairman, will do the time-honored ritual of introducing all of the elected officials in attendance (which means that almost everyone in the room gets acknowledged at least once, it seems).
Tickets for the 49th Annual Gala $100 each, with sponsorship levels at $250 (individual patron), $1,000 (dinner sponsor), $2,500 (patron sponsor), $5,000 (governor sponsor) and $10,000 (underwriting sponsor). Precinct committeemen, Election Judges and Members of the Lake County Young Republicans are only $75.
The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
I was over at the Marriott yesterday getting the menu finalized and I guarantee it will be yummy.
Call the Federation's new Executive Director, Chelsea Stanley, at 847-680-6680 for more information or visit the Federation website here.
Garrett Watch: State Senator Susan Garrett, who is being looked at very seriously as the Democratic potential nominee to replace pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen, is trying to downplay the perception that she is the front-running candidate that will be chosen by Governor Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan. But TA's sources on the street say it's already a "done deal." So, which will turn out to be correct? We shall see, soon.
Also - Republican Assembly of Lake County Reagan Day Dinner: The RALC, which is the leading conservative Republican group in Lake County, will host its 8th Annual Reagan Day Dinner at White Deer Run Golf Course in Vernon Hills, this Saturday, March 27th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Expected speakers are Bob Cook, the new Lake County Central Committee Chairman, and Bill Brady, candidate for governor. Tickets are $40 for RALC members, $50 for non-members. Call 847-367-5231 for more information. RSVPs are required.