Happy Thanksgiving! In spite of a challenging 2021, I’m sure my fellow Republicans join me in giving thanks for all our blessings — our lives, our health, our families, and the many opportunities to enjoy life that come each day, which we often take for granted. God has blessed us with life as Americans in an extraordinary country. President Ronald Reagan reminded us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. That which is so precious a gift from God and our forefathers is our responsibility to preserve for our children and their children. May we take time this Thanksgiving to be grateful for our blessings and to make a promise to ourselves that we will work to uphold these American truths of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. God bless you this holiday and always.
FREEDOM It’s the heart and soul of every American.
We mark the 20th anniversary of the attack on the USA at the twin towers, flight 93, and the pentagon. Let’s all take time to remember those who perished that day – those who died from the attacks and those who died trying to save them and save America. Those brave men and women deserve to be honored. We owe it to them to not forget them and to remember both the tragic event and the spirit of patriotism and comradery that resulted across this nation. God Bless America!! In their honor, we need to preserve and encourage that spirit!
To potently remember and to educate those who were not yet born, this timeline will take you back to the moment. Click on the link: https://timeline.911memorial.org/. Share it as you see fit.
IL STATE FAIR 2021
FOOD AND FRIENDS – STATE FAIR EVENING FOOD & SPONSORS
Below are the nights and information about Food and Friends happening at Sangamon County Republican Headquarters most nights during the fair. Thank you to all elected officials, individuals and groups who are cooking, providing food and clean-up each night. HQ will provide cold adult beverages, soft drinks and eating utensils. Republican Friends are invited to come by headquarters beginning at 6 pm on sponsored nights (except on Republican day, when it is 5 pm) and food will be available from 6 pm until it is gone or 9 pm when we close. Tell a friend and come join in the fun!!! Thank you and enjoy this year’s Illinois State Fair.
Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, SCRCC Chair
Thursday, August 12- No event/Twilight Parade
Friday, August 13 – Sponsored by Sang. Co. Coroner Jim Allmon — Bratfest/sides
Saturday, August 14 –Sponsored by Brad Carlson, Capital Township Trustee, and Jim Kaitschuk – Italian night
Sunday, August 15 – Sponsored by Springfield Park Board, C.J. Metcalf, Robin Schmidt, Mallory Beck, Nancy Eck, Kris Theilen and Dan Wright – Sub sandwiches and chips
Monday, August 16 – Sponsored by City Treasurer, Misty Buscher, Aldermen Chuck Redpath, Ralph Hanauer, John Fulgenzi – Pizza night
Tuesday, August 17 – Sponsored by Regional Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Vose, Deputy Superintendent, Shannon Fehrholz and Keith Ayer – Chicken wings and green bean, sausage, potato casserole
Wednesday, August 18 – No Event (Dem day)
Thursday, August 19 – Sponsored by Sang. Co. Treasurer, Joe Aiello and Sang. Co. Auditor Andy Goleman — Burgers and Hot dogs (5:00 pm‑9:00 pm early hour for GOP day)
Friday, August 20 – Sponsored by Sang. Co. Republican Women’s group
Saturday, August 21 – Sponsored by Brad Mills, Terry Young, Patty Meyer, Steve Ettinger and Tony Smarjesse, SMEAA board members — BBQ Rib Tips w/sides
Sunday, August 22 – No Event
Note: Sponsors and their helpers will be able to come to HQ at 5 pm each night (4 pm on Republican Day) to get things ready. Sponsors and helpers can use our 3 parking places at headquarters. We are working on additional parking.
Any questions, please call Brad Mills, 217–306-5385.
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.”