Among the many elected officials and candidates representing the Republicans were Sheriff Mark Curran, County Board member Carol Calabresa, 10th Congressional Candidate Robert Dold, Judge Wally Dunn, State Senator Dan Duffy, State Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr., and State Rep. Candidate Dan Sugrue. Mark Kirk also had marchers, and while he usually shows up in person, this time he had to appear at downstate event as he continues his campaign for U.S. Senate.
10th District Democratic candidate Dan Seals was there with what looked like a strong contingent. At least that's what I thought, until someone told me that during parade line up, there was only a handful of Seals people there until two buses showed up to offload "supporters." Go figure. Anyway, here's my photo recap of the day:
Here's the beginning of the parade:
This the Naval Band:
Here's Uncle Sam:
This is GOP Committeeman John Nickels driving the GOP truck:
Here is Bob Dold's group; I shook Bob's hand as he walked the parade route but didn't get a picture.
59th State Rep. Candidate Dan Sugrue had a big group:
Sheriff Mark Curran:
The Not-So-Fearsome Tiger:
Miniature horses - how cute is that?
This is Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler bringing up the rear behind the horses, on doo-doo duty:
Here's the bussed-in contingent for Team Seals:
Here's Dan Seals himself. I shook his hand and said, how about a pose for Team America? He gave me a hearty "Hello Team America!" and then continued down the parade route.
Da Plane, Da Plane
Here's a picture of a rather strange and disturbing chicken from Egg Harbor Cafe:
Finally, after the parade, I attended a fantastic family fundraiser for Bob Dold at the lovely home of Kelly and Jeff Brincat. There were pony rides, a bounce house, a mariachi band, and of course some great food and conversation. Over 250 people attended. I was having too much fun to snap too many pictures, but here's one of Bob talking to some of his many supporters at the event: