Lake County's original conservative Republican group, the Republican Assembly of Lake County, hosted its Ninth Annual Reagan Day Dinner this past Saturday at White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills. The weather certainly wasn't fit for golfing, but about 150 people turned out anyway to celebrate the 100th birthday of this century's top Republican President.
Ray True, Chairman of the RALC, made some opening remarks (but left out his usual Reagan jokes, too bad), and noted that for the first time in quite a while the 'top three' Republican groups in Lake County -- the Federation, the RALC and the Central Commitee -- were all working together very well. Dems, you guys better watch out!
The featured speaker was Suzi Schmidt, who gave attendees the scoop on how her transition from County Board Chairman to State Senator has been, and she got wide accolades for refusing to sit in a corner and ask no questions, as freshmen legislators are usually expected to do. Schmidt railed against the governor's borrowing plan and seemed optimsitic that the Republicans would be able to hold together to stop it, since the loss of the Democratic super-majority in the State Senate means that the Dems now need at least one Republican vote. Between Dan Duffy and Suzi Schmidt, they must be wondering what's in the water up here in Lake County, but if our senators have to take the lead in shaking things up, so be it. Now we just have to depose King Terry Link, and we'll be in fine shape.
Here's some pix from the event, with my trusty Blackberry: Circuit Judges Diane Winter and Dan Shanes:
Former State Sentate Candidate Keith Gary consults with State Senator Suzi Schmidt: