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.”
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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
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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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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
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee thanks all who attended and the volunteers who worked the drive-thru lunch to honor the heroic individuals during these uncertain times which was held on Saturday, July 18th. We were fortunate to have extra lunches and they were taken to the workers at St. Johns and Memorial Hospital. Lunches were taken to most of the Fire Departments. They were very appreciative. Thanks to Don Gray, Sangamon County Clerk for providing the pulled pork for the sandwiches, Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Coroner provided a bag of chips, and Brad Carlson, Rich Berning and Alysse Aiello Hewell of the Capital Township Republican Team provided a cookie. Water was also handed out.
Thanks to all.
Rosemarie Long, Chair of the Sangamon County Republican Party