Winnebago County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner set for Feb. 15

• Four candidates for governor to offer presentations

Staff Report

Winnebago County Republicans will gather to celebrate their annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday, Feb. 15, at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour, with dinner and program beginning around 6:45 p.m.

In addition to a vegetarian option, dinner will consist of chicken and filet, salad, side dishes and dessert. A silent auction will take place as part of the evening, and Riley O’Neil will serve as master of ceremonies.

In addition to recognizing local volunteers for their efforts over the past year, the event this year will feature presentations from the four Republican candidates for governor: State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Bruce V. Rauner. This year’s event sponsor is Congressman Adam Kinzinger, whose district includes Boone and most of Winnebago counties. Other candidates, both local and state-wide, are expected to attend the event as well.

“We are excited to be able to provide an opportunity for area residents to speak with and hear from our candidates for governor,” said Jim Thompson, WCRCC chairman. “The dire situation we find ourselves in here in Illinois is in great part due to the irresponsible spending and governance of the Democrats in Springfield, and this year, we have the opportunity to right this ship and move the state back from the brink of bankruptcy. Each of our candidates for governor provide improved leadership, and our other state-wide candidates will work together to bring financially responsible government back to the Land of Lincoln”.

As the event will be on Valentine’s Day weekend, live music will accompany the social hour, and Radio Stars Unplugged will provide play in Big Al’s Lounge following the event.

New this year is the raffle — tickets will be sold pre-event for $50 per ticket, but only 250 tickets are to be sold and top prize (of three) is 20 percent of the sales proceeds.

Reservations received by Feb. 3 will be $50 per person; after that date, tickets are $70 per person ($120 per couple). Reservations can be made by mail (payable to WCRCC, P.O. Box 7543, Rockford, IL 61126) or via the Internet at Contact the WCRCC at or (815) 387-2874.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

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