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Grundy Republicans host candidates at dinner

Candidates gearing for November elections

Attorney General candidate Erika Harold was the keynote speaker at Saturday's Grundy County Republican Lincoln Day dinner.
Attorney General candidate Erika Harold was the keynote speaker at Saturday's Grundy County Republican Lincoln Day dinner.

MINOOKA – Even though Grundy County has been becoming more Republican in recent years, Attorney general candidate Erika Harold said it is still important to see as much of the state as possible on her campaign to help drum up support.

At the Grundy County Republican’s Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday, Harold was keynote speaker and joined a number of Republican candidates for statewide office, including Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland. Helland is running to unseat Secretary of State Jesse White.

“One of the things that will be crucial in the general election is not only to energize and appeal to independents and people who don’t traditionally vote Republican, but also to make sure that the base is really energized,” Harold said. “It’s important to be in every part of the state and make sure voters not only agree with you, but are also energized to come out in November.”

Harold is running against Chicago legislator Kwame Raoul for the seat. Incumbent Lisa Madigan is retiring from the position.

“We’ve got one Madigan down, and one more Madigan to go,” Harold said.

The event took place at Chapin’s Banquets and Catering in Minooka.

Before Harold spoke, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, took the microphone at the podium. On Friday night, the United States had launched cruise missiles at several sites in Syria in retaliation of the Syrian regimes alleged use of chemical weapons on the population of a Damascus suburb.

“Last night was the right decision,” Kinzinger said. He said he has a usual Lincoln Day speech that he’s been giving this year, but he decided to change it because of the military action. “We showed that there is no place for chemical weapons on the battlefield.”

Kinzinger also spoke in support of some of President Donald Trump’s policies, including the policy of “America First.”

“America First’ means standing up for our rights in the world and our place in the world,” he said. Trump was backing up a threat to hold Syria to a Red Line, Kinzinger said, and when former President Barack Obama did not do that several years ago, it destabilized the world.

Helland spoke about running to unseat White. White has been secretary of state for 20 years, he said.

“I haven’t paid for a haircut in
20 years,” Helland said. He said no one gets excited about a politician running for a sixth term, as White is. He said Illinois is still not compliant with the Real ID Act, and soon an Illinois driver’s license is not going to be enough to get a traveler on a plane.

“You’re going to need a passport to fly from Chicago to Milwaukee,” Helland said.

Also in attendance were Morris state legislators Sue Rezin and David Welter; Jim Dodge, the village trustee from Orland Park running for treasurer against incumbent Michael Frierichs; and Darlene Senger, who is running for comptroller against Susana Mendoza.

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