Monday, July 4th is Independence Day.
How lucky we are as Americans! How thankful we are to be One Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
Sometimes we take for granted what we might call our basic freedoms — our freedom of speech, our freedom to worship as we see fit, our freedom to pursue happiness, and our freedom to bear arms. These are the freedoms that set us apart from almost every country of the world and they are precious. People of our nation’s past were responsible for us obtaining freedom. People of today (and in our future), play a part in us keeping it. We are also thankful to God for entrusting us with this privilege of being free and the responsibilities we have because of it. I’m sure you join with me in thoughts of thankfulness and appreciation for our nation’s birthday.
Have fun with family and friends over the holiday
Enjoy the stars and stripes, the red, white, and blue, and maybe a cook out and some safe fireworks!
Dianne Barghouti Hardwick
Chair, Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
PS – please also note that our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th.
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.
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.”
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of
Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day
2020 is on Monday, October 12. It was unofficially celebrated in a
number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not
become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of
both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-
The Sangamon County Republican Office will be closed on Monday,
October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgSchneider statement on Pritzker muzzling Frerichs
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider today released the following statement after Governor JB Pritzker forced State Treasurer Michael Frerichs to call off his press conference to explain the details of Pritzker’s plan to tax retirement income if the constitutional amendment passes:
“Earlier today, Governor Pritzker put the muzzle on Treasurer Frerichs who was minutes away from telling the people of Illinois the truth: Pritzker has a plan to tax retirement income in Illinois and needs the constitutional amendment to get it done. Pritzker can muzzle Frerichs all he wants but the secret is already out. To protect retirement income from Pritzker’s tax plan, Illinois voters must vote no on the constitutional amendment.”
Labor Day is usually celebrated with parades, picnics, and barbecues. For most family’s it means saying good-bye to summer and the start of a new school year. With COVID-19 this year, many of the traditional events and celebrations may not be happening. But the meaning of Labor Day is still important, and it is still important to recognize the labor movement and the
contributions of laborers to America. As a country, we have been celebrating Labor Day since 1984. It falls on the first Monday in September. It is a time for all of us every year, to pay tribute to all the workers who have made this country great through their hard work and dedication. So, on this Labor Day 2020, when many of us would be enjoying traditional Labor Day activities, lets take a moment out of our day and reflect on the commitment and dedication of those men and women who have made this county what it is through their efforts.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee