Northwest Side GOP Club Meeting September 3

Republicans on the Northwest Side of Chicago will meet this Saturday at Rosedale Park at noon.

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Chris Cleveland Re-elected Chairman of Chicago GOP

Chicago -- Chris Cleveland, 43rd Ward Republican Committeeman, was re-elected Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party last night. The Republican ward committeemen in Chicago gathered in a conference room of a Loop law firm to select a chairman for a four-year term.

Cleveland won with 94% of the weighted vote, up from 74% when he was first elected a year ago to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor Adam Robinson.

Cleveland is credited with revitalizing the Party over the last few years, having led a team that recruited candidates across the city, raised money, and supported Governor Rauner's effort to raise the Republican vote in Chicago in his successful 2014 campaign.


City of Chicago threatens the Chicago GOP over signage

The Chicago Department of Buildings has issued a "Notice of Violation and Summons" to the building that houses the Chicago Republican Party over a sign the party erected earlier this year. The notice raises a serious question of First Amendment rights.

The sign, which simply reads "Chicago Republican Party, Chris Cleveland, Chairman" was found to be in violation of a Chicago ordinance that requires that a business first seek permission from the City to display a sign. Such permits, which are normally obtained through sign companies, typically cost $475 including fees and take up to three months to issue.

"What the City doesn't understand is that numerous court decisions prohibit them from regulating political speech in the same way that they regulate commercial speech," said Cleveland. "And a sign announcing that we exist is pretty much the definition of political speech."

"Besides, if we'd waited three months, we would have missed the primary season, when we needed the sign to attract volunteers," added Cleveland.

"I'm not going to ask anyone's permission to put up a political sign on private property," said Cleveland. "I refuse to apply for a permit."

It isn't clear who filed the complaint with the City over the sign.

There are other signs in the vicinity which lack permits, so it appears that the Republican Party's sign was singled out.

There is no allegation that the sign violates any rule other than the one that requires a permit. The sign itself is an unlit, lightweight vinyl banner attached to the side of the building.


Join Your Candidate's Campaign

Republican candidates in the city are currently building their campaign infrastructures. We are looking for volunteers to join their campaigns and help spread their message to voters. There are many ways to help, just click "read more," to see which roles are needed.

Visit our 2016 Candidates page to view which districts have a candidate on the ballot. If you would like to sign up to volunteer directly with one of the campaigns, email Michael Federico with your name, contact information, the campaign you would like to join and what role you are interested in filling. Also email michael.federico@chicagogop.com with any inquiries.

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Get Ten Signatures For Your Candidate

Our candidates are working hard to secure their place on the 2016 ballot. As we saw in 2014, Madigan will surely challenge their petitions, using his vast resources to try and crush any Republican who opposes him. Every signature helps protect our candidates from these challenges. Please help gather signatures by downloading their petition and circulating it among friends, family and neighbors.

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