Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, the treasurer of the Sangamon County Republican Party, was unanimously selected as its next chairwoman in a vote of precinct committeemen and committeewomen Wednesday.
Barghouti Hardwick succeeds Rosemarie Long, who died Feb. 3 in Peoria.
The term expires in March 2022 when Barghouti Hardwick can run again.
She is a precinct committeewoman for Capital Precinct 082 and a regional chair for precinct committeemen.
Barghouti Hardwick also sits on the Springfield Airport Authority.
“In some ways I carry forward with Rosemarie Long’s open door policy,” Barghouti Hardwick said Thursday. “Republicans actually have a big tent. We believe in our ideals which center around lower taxes and efficient government. I think that’s really our big draw.
“We have some (Republican members) who go all the way to the great generation and then all the way up to the young people. We also have to reach out and include all kinds of minorities. We have some. We need to include more.”
Barghouti Hardwick said she comes from a long family line of Republicans. Her father, J. Richard “Dick” Kaylor, was active in the party way back into the 1930s and trained former chairman Irv Smith. Her family roots in the Springfield area go back to the 1840s.
Barghouti Hardwick said she has “a good relationship” with new Illinois GOP chairman Don Tracy, who happens to live in her precinct.
She is a past winner of the Lowell Fraim Award for service to the GOP on a county level. Fraim, a longtime party leader, died in 2016.
“She’s worked in the trenches for the Republican Party for many years and it’s really exciting to see somebody from the trenches move to the top of the ladder,” said Sangamon County Board chairman Andy Van Meter Thursday. “We’re very excited to have her.”
Barghouti Hardwick has two grown children and two grown grandchildren and five step-children who have six children.
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Politicians across Sangamon County and Illinois shared fond memories about the life of county GOP chair and former Sangamon County Board member Rosemarie Long, following her death Wednesday at Peoria’s Kindred Hospital from COVID-19 at the age of 78.
The county party released a statement on Facebook remembering their fallen chair as a “happy warrior” who paved the way for dozens of politicians and community leaders across the county to reach for higher office.
“Her greatest delight was in supporting the efforts of others, especially younger people who shared her values,” the party said. “Never one for grandstanding, Rose recruited, encouraged, championed and counseled so many of our most able community leaders.”
Sangamon County Administrator Brian McFadden said that Long had been someone who had created a team approach to the county party, leading it in the manner of someone who remained true to herself no matter which role that she was in, whether it was the party chair or as a member of the Sangamon County Board, where she had served from 1992 to 2010.
“She was always Rose,” McFadden said. “There’s never a hidden agenda or a hidden personality. It was always her and she was always genuine, sincere, kind and caring. (She was a) hard worker, extremely focused (and) that was part of her great success.”
McFadden said that he was fortunate to be one of the people that Long had trusted in running the county Republicans, speaking with her regularly on a wide range of issues from candidate recruitment, public events, party structure and field operations.
“She would seek out a lot of people’s advice on things,” McFadden said. “I think I was fortunate just to be one of those people.”
Former Sangamon County circuit clerk and former party chair Tony Libri remembered Long as someone who worked hard and was dedicated to making the party as strong as it could be.
“She lived and breathed this chairman’s job,” Libri said. “She’s honest, she’s loyal, she’s all the things that you would look for in a friend, and certainly all the things that you would look for in a mentor.”
Libri remembered the times that the two of them spent at the party’s nightly potluck dinners during the Illinois State Fair, where a packed house at their headquarters across the street from the main gate had the chance to mix and mingle.
“We had 100 people in and out (each day) during the fair,” Libri said. “(It was) just doing things that brought the local Republicans all together.”
The current circuit clerk, Paul Palazzolo, said that Long was a leader and someone who made sure that the party emphasized the virtues of good government.
“Bottom line: She was a leader with heart,” Palazzolo said. “She cared about people, she cared about good government, (and) she cared about delivering for citizens who needed to use government services. I think that sums it all up.”
Palazzolo remembered the many after-meeting desserts that she would have at Fulgenzi’s, in which she dined on her favorite: a hot fudge sundae.
“She loved ice cream sundaes,” Palazzolo said. “That would be the best memory (for me): a group of 10 people enjoying each other’s company with hot fudge sundaes at Fulgenzi’s.”
Rep. Tim Butler, R‑Springfield, tweeted Wednesday that without Long’s encouragement, he would not be in his current role as a state representative.
“Jovial, hard working, a staunch Republican, and a tremendous believer in the power of family, she was one of a kind,” Butler said. “St. Peter, greet her warmly. You have a good one now. God speed my friend.”
Even some Democrats shared fond memories of Long and her illustrious career. Springfield Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner, who also serves as Sangamon County Democratic chair, said that Long was a friend who would be missed, having built their relationship through a decade serving together on the county board and their friendly competition as rival party chairs.
“Rose and I became very friendly and worked on a lot of issues that affected our community,” Turner said. “She was a fantastic public servant and family woman and she will definitely be missed.”
State GOP chairman Tim Schneider said that Long helped to make an impact on the community and the party through her work in addition to being a kind woman of the utmost character.
“When I think about someone who exemplifies the perfect union of a kind heart, genuine character, and commitment to a cause — I think of Rosemarie Long,” Schneider said in a statement. “Sangamon County, Central Illinois, and the statewide Republican Party have lost a giant.”
She leaves behind her husband Jack and two sons, Brad and Brian. The sons remembered their mother as someone who made family and her Italian cooking foremost in her life and theirs.
“She really put family first,” Brad said. “We wouldn’t be as close-knit a family as we are without her as the matriarch.”
-via Zach Roth @ The State Journal-Register.
Eyes Opened, gasps heard, and calls are being made following a very confrontational Committee of The Whole Meeting on 9/8/2020. This following a Labor Day weekend full of grill-outs, gatherings, and yes boat parades all over the country.
But in Springfield, Illinois, One Alderwoman, Ward 6 Alderwoman Kristin Dicenso was appalled by what she saw on Lake Springfield.
This is what upset Alderwoman Dicenso. What has been described as a parade of boats on the Lake Springfield, with American Flags Waving and yes, Donald Trump flags waving in the wind, was to the Alderwoman, offensive.
Many described the peaceful event as beautiful no matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, Dicenso described it after the meeting, as horrid and unacceptable and according to sources is now vowing to put a stop to these displays by Springfield Citizens in the future.
However, her actions, and how she addressed the issue may now end up with an investigation by the City Inspector General for Abuse of Power and Misconduct.
The first exchange started about 29 minutes and 17 seconds into the meeting.
Here is the link to the entire meeting, but fast forward to 29:17 for the boat parade exchange.
Dicenso: I’m sorry I forgot something under new business. Umm, I was out at the lake over the weekend enjoying a beautiful day with my son and my niece, and umm, a political parade, boat parade was taking place. And since Lake Springfield is Our Lake I was wondering if there was permission that was granted to this boat parade? Umm, there were several other boat parades around the country just like this one, umm, and just wondering if they needed a permit? I’ve had several questions about it, I’ve had several complaints about it, umm, they were out there hootin and hollering and tooting their horns, and having a jolly old time on Lake Springfield, and I don’t, the last I knew is we couldn’t conduct political activities at City Hall or anyplace else so just trying to get a little clarity on how the Lake gets used and if that is appropriate or not?
Ward Two Alderwoman Doris Turner: I think that is all changing now, (smiles)
CLWP’S Doug Brown: Yeah there was no, umm I guess request for parade from the utilities point of view, and I can’t say there was actually a time that a parade, or a trail of boats or whatever you want to call it.
Dicenso: And that’s the comment I got from people standing around me, like in all my years of coming out to the lake or sitting around the lake we have never seen anything like this. It was…something to see.
Ward 10 Alderman Ralph Hanauer: People have a right to free speech, If I put a flag on my boat I’ve got people who want to go and get a bunch of people, it’s free speech, Kristin, just because you don’t like the person that they are…..
Dicenso: Have I said anything about that? I haven’t even said anyone’s name, I haven’t said a word, all I said was there was a parade, a boat parade on Lake Springfield.
Hanauer: My question is what’s it hurt? Are we going to stop boats from doing whatever to drive across the lake now.
Dicenso: We have regulations! Yes! We have regulations on the Lake.
Hanauer: There are no regulations that people can drive that people can’t drive a group of boats, there’s no regulations.
Dicenso: That’s what I’m asking!
Mayor Jim Langfelder: Gavel hitting desk….Thank you, Chairman, I ask corporation counsel to weigh on in that because the only Item I remember is the Blessing of the Boats that happen every year and there is a parade of boats then, but as far as, I know people on the Party Cove, they lock boats together and things of that nature, so I ask corporation counsel with respect on using lake waters.
Corporation Council Jim Zerkel: I need to look at exactly what the regulations are, normally there is umm, safety related regulations, safety, speed and how boats operate that sort of thing. I don’t off the top of my head recall a situation where there has ever been a parade request on the lake umm that is something, I don’t recall that’s happened before. Generally speaking, however, on public property such as sidewalks and different areas, there is a strong policy, you know streets , people marching in the streets, holding signs doing different things of that nature, Generally speaking, the courts are going to protect freedom of speech. So absent a public safety, public safety concerns, boats too close, driving too fast, people jumping out of the boats into the water, things of that nature, Then again, I would be happy to look at it closer Mayor, but Generally speaking there has been a preference to support the first amendment generally provide however that does not keep us from enforcing criminal laws or public safety requirements. And that’s the same rule that would apply to streets or sidewalks for any of those types of activities. I am not aware of there ever been a request for boat permits
Dicenso: That’s all I was asking. And now we know who you are voting for (Directed at Hanauer)
Hanauer: I don’t there is any doubt on that.
The Day after this meeting City Hall Officials report that some Alderman have been flooded with calls from angry residents who watched the exchange, claiming Alderwoman Dicenso of abuse of power for attempting to use her position to limit free speech and political speech.
Two Alderman are reporting that Dicenso is now going a step further. Stating Dicenso has informed them she is going to make a proposal preventing political signs and Flags on Lake Property. The Alderman claims her proposal will not even allow Lake Residents to display political signs or any kind of Flag, Including the American Flag in the yards of their homes.
One Alderman stated, “This all was not brought up by accident. This was by design and I fear more radical proposals like this are in the works. You’ll be hearing about those very soon.”
It’s this proposal, and what some claim the “calling out” of Ralph Hanauer’s support for Donald Trump, that is being taken by some, as a threat and an abuse of power on the part of Alderwoman Dicenso.
Several Residents say despite fearing retaliation, they will be filing a complaint with the Inspector General for the City Of Springfield.
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Earlier this week, I pushed to reform our broken political system in Illinois and once again, Speaker Madigan dismissed the need for ethics reform in Illinois. Today, we see why.
The announcement against ComEd and “Public Official A” and the ongoing investigation of Cook County Property tax corruption are another sad commentary on the state of our state. The deep federal investigations into the highest members of the Democratic Party and their abuse of the Cook County property tax system is finally coming to light.
For too long, one man, Speaker Madigan, has held so much power, and the old axiom holds true: power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The chance for ethics reform this session has been blocked. Any hope for real property tax reform has been stalled. The system has been rigged to benefit those in power, and to keep the Democratic Party in control while the citizens of Cook County and Illinois suffer.
Today, I hope, is a day of awakening for citizens of Illinois. We sit here in a bankrupt state, burdened by the actions, or in many cases inaction, of the Democratic Party of Illinois that through Speaker Madigan has held the reins of power for decades.
The allegations presented today are troubling and downright depressing. Speaker Madigan needs to “speak” up on this issue, and if the allegations are true, he needs to resign immediately. Just as important, I hope that members of the General Assembly in the majority party, the Democratic Party, have the courage to finally stand up and demand an explanation of their leader that they have for decades elected to rule.
The citizens of Illinois deserve so much better.
Live on WMAY Circuit Clerk, Paul Palazzolo and Larry Hemingway from the Springfield Urban League discuss the upcoming Expungement and Record Sealing Summit. The Summit is October 3rd, those interested must sign up either by phone or online at sangamoncountycircuitclerk.org by August 1st. For this event only, the $120 filing fee will be waived, registrants only have to pay $30 for fingerprinting.
I’m Charlie McGorray and I’m running for Illinois State Representative in the 96th District. I’ve spent my life serving the community, and am seeking to be elected to bring a common-sense, working-class voice to Springfield. I was born and raised in Decatur and graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1968. I graduated from Olney Central College in 1970. I enlisted in the US Army and was trained/assigned to the 171st Infantry Brigade for two years. After returning home, I was employed at Firestone as a Production Supervisor. In 1981, I joined the Decatur Fire Department, where I retired as Captain in 2007. From 2010–2014, I owned and operated McGorray’s Golf & Grille, employing up to 40 great staff members.
Over the last few years, I have helped a few Decatur startups get going, including National Foodworks Services and Door 4 Brewing Co. I am happily married to my wife Vicki, and we love our West-end historical Decatur home that we share with our pup Emmitt. I have been involved with many community organizations over the last few years, including the Decatur Celebration, DAAC, Baby Talk, Governor Ogilvy’s Mansion, and the Smokin’ Decatur BBQ Fest.
I have been blessed to call Decatur my home throughout my life. I’ve enjoyed a life of service in both the US Army and the Decatur Fire Department. I’ve been fortunate enough to start a small business and employ people in my hometown.
Frankly, it’s gotten really tough in Illinois because of poor leadership in Springfield. We’ve forgotten how to keep our finances in check and we’ve forgotten that small business is the engine that drives our economy in Illinois. In the 96th district, our representative almost always votes with Chicago to the detriment of the people of the 96th District. The solutions to our problems aren’t hard. They simply require common sense. I will fight to bring back fiscal responsibility, ethics reform and pro-business policies for the people of Illinois. Together, we can start to solve Illinois’ problems and make Illinois a bright and shining star in our country again. I’m asking for your support.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business-Illinois, and Technology and Manufacturing Association Unite to Urge Voters to Vote No on Illinois’ Latest Attempted Tax Hike
In an unprecedented coalition effort, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business – Illinois, and Technology and Manufacturing Association joined together to urge Illinois voters to vote no on the Progressive Tax Constitutional Amendment. Leaders of the coalition held simultaneous press conferences at four locations throughout Illinois among the very people this tax would hurt most: small businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and workers.
Their message was heard loud and clear: Illinoisans are already overtaxed. Families, workers, seniors, and small business owners struggle under the weight of the highest overall tax burden in the entire country, yet politicians in Springfield are trying to hike taxes again. The progressive tax will do nothing to address our skyhigh property taxes; will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers; and will end up raising taxes on the middle class and the working poor. Illinoisans can’t afford another tax hike, especially as working families and small businesses struggle to recover from COVID-19.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Todd Maisch said, “The progressive tax increase is the same thing as leaving a huge bag of taxpayers’ cash at the backdoor of the statehouse and city hall. None of the money is dedicated to property tax relief, increased funding of education, public safety or pension debt relief. Politicians arrogantly demand that hard-working taxpayers trust them to spend the money wisely. We don’t.”
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr remarked, “What this new progressive tax will actually do is take us down the same route that these proposals have gone in other states. To cover all of Springfield’s spending and debt, the tax brackets and rates will have to be changed to raise taxes on the middle class and even the working poor, with higher rates starting at incomes as low as $25,000 per year. So while proponents claim the progressive tax would only tax ‘the rich,’ many of whom are local leaders like family farmers who are investing in their communities and creating jobs, the truth is that this amendment will open up every Illinoisan to tax increases.“
National Federation of Independent Business Illinois Leadership Council Chair Cindy Neal commented, “Let us not forget that Illinoisans already pay the 2nd highest property taxes in the nation, and these local taxes increase every single year. We pay three to four times the property taxes of our neighbors in Indiana and Wisconsin, and our taxes go up every year even though property values are stagnant. This progressive tax will do nothing to address our biggest problem in Illinois: our sky-high property tax burden. It simply piles additional taxes onto already overburdened Illinois taxpayers. All of these taxes have serious and real-life consequences for our families and small businesses, especially as we struggle to recover from COVID-19.”
Technology and Manufacturing Association President Steve Rauschenberger noted, “The progressive tax will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers when we’re already facing the highest unemployment since the Great Depression due to the coronavirus. Our Illinois economy continues to lag our neighbors and the rest of the country because of high taxes. The progressive tax will further hurt our economy, costing Illinois up to 286,000 jobs and $43 billion in economic activity. This means fewer jobs for Illinois workers, slower wage growth and higher costs for families, and less opportunity for our children at a time when we can least afford it.”
About the Vote No on the Progressive Tax Coalition: Leading small business and pro-taxpayer organizations from throughout Illinois have formed a grassroots coalition to defeat the Progressive Tax Amendment because Illinoisans are overtaxed. Families, workers, seniors, and small businesses struggle under the weight of the highest overall tax burden in the entire country. Illinois’ Progressive Tax Amendment proposal does nothing to address our sky-high property taxes, will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers, with the result being a tax increase on the middle class and the working poor.
The Sangamon County Republican Central Committee will host a complimentary drive-thru lunch for Healthcare Workers and First Responders. The event will take place at the Sangamon County Republican Headquarters, 1132 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield. Lunch can be pick up from 11:00–2:00 (while supplies last) on Saturday, July 18th.
Food sponsored by: County Clerk, Don Gray; Coroner, Jim Allmon; and the Capital Township Republican Team.
For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.
I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.
No later than the third of July—sometimes earlier—Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.
I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker”—giant meaning it was about 4 inches long.
But enough of nostalgia. Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of the day, and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s ax,” and the issue remained in doubt.The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.” He fell back exhausted.
The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.
Well, that is the legend—but we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year, he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.
Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston, and Middleton.
Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.
But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world.
In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
Happy Fourth of July.
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