2015 Summer Internship Application

The Chicago Republican Party is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Internship Program. What ties us together is the core belief that the people can govern themselves. It is the same belief that drew the founders to create this great nation. We believe that government has become far too large and inefficient while taxpayers are routinely brought to bear the cost of its failures. If you share our values of individualism and personal responsibility, we would like to hear from you.

The Chicago Republican Party Internship Program will provide students and recent graduates with a hands-on learning experience. Each intern will participate in the political process and earn valuable experience. In addition, those who complete the required hours will receive a letter of recommendation from Chairman Chris Cleveland and may also earn school credit*.

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Chris Cleveland Elected Chairman of the Chicago GOP

43rd Ward Republican Committeeman Chris Cleveland was elected Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party last night. The vote took place at the Parthenon in Greektown.

Under state law and the bylaws of the Chicago GOP, the Chairman is elected by the weighted vote of the Republican committeemen of the 50 wards in Chicago.

Cleveland replaces former Chairman Adam Robinson, who stepped down to focus on his business and his family. Robinson presided over a renaissance of the Republican Party in Chicago, which placed nine candidates on the ballot, raised the Republican vote in Chicago, and gathered widespread acclaim.

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Third Leadership Institute Training of 2015

Together, the Chicago Young Republican, and Chicago Republican Party hosted the Leadership institute this past Saturday, May 2nd.

This is the third in our 2015 Volunteer Workshop series, and covered Organizing at the Local level. JC Hernandez, Director of Grassroots Coalitions for the Leadership Institute delivered an amazing class covering Grassroots goals and objectives, Working with diverse communities, Grassroots mobilization & Voter registration drives. Guest lecturer Caitlin Huxely taught Recruiting and managing volunteers.

The Leadership Institute Volunteer Workshop Series covers a different topic every other month, and is free and open to all who wish to attend. It is perfect for everyone from first time volunteers to experienced candidates.

Photos after the break.

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First Training of the 2015 Series

On Saturday, January 10th, the Chicago Young Republicans, and the Chicago Republican Party joined forces to bring the first class of the 2015 Training Series.

Together, our organizations worked to bring experts trainers from the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA. JC Hernandez, Director of Grassroots Coalitions lead our Introduction to Volunteering, a basic Politics 101 for those interested in getting more involved after 2014! Guest Lecturer Collin Corbett taught Introduction to using Social Media.

Pictures from the class, after the break.

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Early voting available till November 2

There is no excuse to not vote in this year’s election! For the November 4, 2014 elections, Early Voting will take place from October 20 to November 2. You need only to fill out an application at the Early Voting site. Early Voting is conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, permitting any voter in suburban Cook to vote at any location.

Click here to view early voting hours and locations in Chicago.

Click here to view early voting hours and locations in suburban Cook County.

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2014 Chicago Candidate Fundraiser

The Chicago Republican Party invites you to a fundraiser benefiting our State Representative and Senate Candidates in Chicago:

Stefanie Linares - 6th Sen against John Cullerton

Collin Johnson - 5th Rep against Kenneth Duncan
Mark Calonder - 10th Rep against Pamela Reaves-Harris
Denis Detzel - 14th Rep against Kelly Cassidy
Greg Bedell - 15th Rep against John D'Amico
Coby Hakalir - 26th Rep against Christian Mitchell
Mark Ekhoff - 34th Rep against Elgie Sims, Jr.
Victor Horne - 35th Rep against Frances Ann Hurley

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Survey: Chicago Voters Willing to Consider a Republican for Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2014


Survey: Chicago Voters Willing to Consider a Republican for Mayor
GOP brand polls well in Aldermanic races, too

A new poll shows that a hypothetical Republican candidate for mayor of Chicago is only six points behind Karen Lewis while several incumbent Aldermen are struggling with low community support.

A poll conducted August 8-10 on behalf of the Chicago Republican Party tested the effect of adding a "qualified Republican" to the mix in the mayor's race and in a number of Aldemanic races. 

In the Mayoral race, Rahm Emanuel took 33.9%, Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis took 20.6%, and a "Qualified Republican" took 14.3% with 31.3% undecided.

"This is an anti-incumbent year," said Cleveland. "A strong Republican could make the runoff, and then anything could happen." Republicans have been elected Mayor in recent memory in other major American cities, including New York and San Diego.

"It's amazing that an unnamed, hypothetical Republican is only 6 points behind Karen Lewis and 15 points behind Rahm Emanuel," said Cleveland. "It's a real opportunity for Republicans."

In some wards an unnamed, hypothetical Republican was a strong contender for Alderman as well.

In Chicago's 43rd Ward, incumbent Michele Smith was the choice of 37.3% of voters, and a "Qualified Republican" was only 13 points behind with 23.6%, with 39.2% undecided.

In the 45th Ward, incumbent John Arena was the choice of only 26.9% of respondents, while Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido took 17.9%.

In other wards, the undecided vote was high enough that a Republican could be a contender. In the 2nd Ward, for example, a "Qualified Democrat" gained 34.7% of the respondents, a "Qualified Republican" gained 18.4%, with 46.9% undecided.

"Contrary to belief, voters in Chicago are open to a Republican if the right candidate emerges," said Chris Cleveland, 43rd Ward Republican Committeeman. "In the 43rd Ward, an unnamed, hypothetical, invisible Republican is running only 13 points behind the incumbent. The incumbent is below 40%, which usually means deep trouble. With a serious candidate and a little money, we're looking at a strong possibility of a win. In a general election, Republicans get 40% of the vote in the 43rd Ward."

The automated poll was conducted by Ogden & Fry. The Mayoral poll had a margin of error of +-2.9%. The margin of error in aldermanic polls was between 3.7% and 4.6%.


The raw data for the poll is here: Mayoral survey data, Aldermanic survey data, Poll questions

Contact:
Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile
chris.cleveland@chicagogop.com

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Internship - 2014 Fall Application

The Chicago Republican Party represents a broad diversity of people in the city, across geographical, racial, ethnic, and economic divides. What ties us together is the core belief that the people can govern themselves. It is the same belief that drew the founders to create this nation. We believe that government has become too large and powerful. We believe that in this city, the people have been forced to serve the government, not the other way around.

The Chicago Republican Party Internship Program will provide students and recent graduates with a hands-on learning experience. Each intern will participate in the political process and earn valuable hands-on experience. In addition to experience, those who complete the required hours will receive a letter of recommendation from Chairman Adam Robinson, you may also earn school credit*.

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Chicago GOP slams Democrat's plan to raise city taxes in pension bill

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June 9, 2014

Chicago GOP slams Democrat's plan to raise city taxes in pension bill

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Republican Party issued the following statement regarding the Chicago pension reform law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn today:

Once again, Democrats lead by raising taxes instead of delivering reform-based solutions. Â Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and Democrat candidate for Treasurer Mike Frerichs have approved legislation that will raise property taxes and telephone taxes for every Chicago resident.

Now more than ever, we need a new direction the delivers solutions instead of taking more money from over-burdened taxpayers.

Contact:
Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile
chris.cleveland@chicagogop.com

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Chicago GOP files five more candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2014

Chicago GOP files five more candidates

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Republican Party has wrapped up its recruiting season, filing five more candidates for seats in the City of Chicago. This group is in addition to the eight candidates the Chicago GOP recruited last year.

IL House Speaker Mike Madigan's organization challenged the petitions of the Chicago GOP candidates last year and is expected to do so again. "Our petitions are strong," said Chris Cleveland, Chicago GOP spokesman. "We don't expect his challenges will succeed."

"The voters will have a choice this year, whether Mike Madigan likes it or not," said Cleveland.


The full list of candidates is here: http://www.chicagogop.com/our_candidates


Vince Kolber - 5th Congressional District


An innovator in forming capital for the equipment needs of airlines, railroads and shippers, Vince founded RESIDCO in 1982 and has completed transactions putting and keeping thousands of railcars, locomotives and aircraft in service.  In doing so thousands of railroad, airline and logistics jobs are supported or have come about to keep these vital infrastructure assets in service growing our economy.  He has chaired the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ("ELFA") Aviation and Fair Business Practices Committees and he speaks for and writes on behalf of the transportation capital industry.  Mr. Kolber holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from Wharton. He is active in parochial school philanthropy through Sacred Heart and the Big Shoulders Foundation. He is a patron and has chaired St. Genevieve a mostly Hispanic K-8 School on Chicago's West side.  He is active in the Heritage Foundation and has served as Chairman of its Chicago Committee.  He serves on the boards of Little Sisters of the Poor, Open the Books and Truth in Accounting. Kolber has raised significant funding for the RNC and serves on the RNC's Finance Committee.

1,903 signatures filed (399% of minimum)


Erin Broderick - 3rd Senate


Erin is a bankruptcy attorney with Baker & McKenzie. She represents companies in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan law school. She holds leadership positions in a number of legal professional organizations, and volunteers in the community, serving as mentor to eighth graders in low-income school districts.

2,549 signatures filed (255% of minimum)


Greg Bedell - 15th Rep


Greg has served as a Staff Attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as an attorney in private practice. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Chicago law school. He spent three years in Paris teaching U.S. constitutional and commercial law to French law students. Greg has volunteered with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services organization. Working with less fortunate individuals, Greg has helped people facing challenges presented by drug abuse, debt and broken homes. He is a partner in the Loop law firm of Knabe, Kroning & Bedell.

1,500 signatures filed (300% of minimum)
 

Joseph Bembynista - 19th Rep


Joseph Bembynista has served in the U.S. Navy, as a Chicago police officer, and as an instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. As both a beneficiary and a victim of the public pension system, he understands the problem and can get to the root cause to address pension reform head on. He supports term limits, and believes that we must control high taxes and wasteful programs.

1,138 signatures filed (228% of minimum)
 

Lynn Franco - 33rd Rep


Lynn Franco is a writer and entrepreneur. She has served in corporate roles at Illinois Bell, Price Waterhouse and Proctor and Gamble throughout Europe, South American, and the Caribbean. She founded an events planning company in Germany. She has served as a contractor in Iraq and Kuwait. She is fluent in German. She currently works at the University of Chicago. Her first novel will be ready for publication next year.

911 signatures field (182% of minimum)
 

Contact:
Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile
chris.cleveland@chicagogop.com

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