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Will County GOP chair says party is facing eviction, losing office furniture

Friday, Apr 16, 2021 - Posted by Rich Miller

* February

Will County Republicans voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to censure Rep. Adam Kinzinger for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

The 111 to 5 vote (and one abstention) for censure “is meant to remind the representative who he represents: the people who elected him, not his self-interests,” said Will County Republican Chairman George Pearson, adding that Kinzinger’s decision to start a PAC that “goes against other Republicans was a betrayal.” Pearson said his next task is to find a challenger for Kinzinger’s seat.

* An April 13 letter from Will County Republican Central Committee (WCRCC) Chair George Pearson to GOP township chairs in his county…

Fellow Chairs,

The WCRCC has received two (2) notices from our landlord and the Lockport Township Organization’s former chair. I entered the office today to find both notices on my desk.

The first, more pressing, is an eviction notice for rent in the rears of $6,000.00. Due to the Central Committee not having our first quarter fundraiser, we have not met our obligations. I have sent out multiple fundraising letters and have received promises but no checks as of yet. The question becomes, do we push to keep the space or vacate our location in Crest Hill?

Between our townships, can we raise the cash between us to cover? A committee has been formed to create a fundraiser on June 18th, the “Freedom Dinner” with possible guest speakers of Texas State Party Chair Col. Allen West (Ret.) or North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson. Both I know will draw big crowds.

I, for one, appreciate having an office to conduct our business and store signs for our candidates during races. Voters have enjoyed having a place to come in and learn about the issues. We have hosted several training classes and a few township organization meetings. I am asking for your assistance in keeping our location. What say you?

The second notice is more troubling than anything. Pete Delany (former Lockport Township Republican Chair) has reversed his original donation to the Central Committee of the office furniture in lieu of their rent. Pete Delany did a verbal deal with me for the work in the space like painting, striping, and waxing the floors as well as donating the furniture in lieu of rent contribution for LTRO utilizing the space for their meetings. The former chair of Lockport Republicans is displaying his anger over his slate lost during his December caucus. That slate also had a democrat elected at their caucus who neither side bothered to check his voting record. The Lockport Republican slate on the ballot (represented by Jim Louch - Lockport Township High Commissioner) had more people show up to the Lockport caucus and passed rules that favored the “visiting” team. That pushed Pete Delany (former chair), the new chair, Bill Passiglia, and their new vice-chair, Ed Piante, to promote the Democrat slate in Lockport Township. After multiple meetings with Pete, Jim, and Jessica Cannady, an offer was made to Pete’s wife, Barb Delany, to join Jim Louch’s slate, the Delanys refused. That caused some extremely tight races in Lockport, which gave the Democrats an advantage for most of the seats. The Delany’s, Bill Passaglia, and Ed Piante all displayed Democrat signs on their lawns. Now, I get a notice from Pete stating he is giving the furniture to LTRO, when two months ago, he was trying to give it away to Joel Johnston, the guy renting space in the back of our office.

If we are moving with keeping the office, I would like to make an offer to Pete to finalize a written agreement for the furniture issue with Pete.

What say you all?

What say you?

…Adding… Welp…


  1. - Roadrager - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:41 am:

    Sounds like a case of too many chairs and not enough chairs.

  2. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:44 am:

    === The former chair of Lockport Republicans is displaying his anger over his slate lost during his December caucus ===

    So he is angry they lost, and is punishing his own party and the people in it for that.

    No honor among thieves.

  3. - ItsMillerTime - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:47 am:

    Is it my turn to make the “PaRTy oF fiScaL rEsponSIbility” joke or someone else’s?

  4. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:48 am:

    Have they asked Catalina Lauf for a $10K check, or is she a deadbeat like Trump?

  5. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:55 am:

    The party of financial responsibility strikes again.

    This is so delicious, it has to be fattening.

  6. - NIU Grad - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:55 am:

    I remember being with a conservative Republican friend who was elated that Trump won in 2016. I told him that he could say goodbye to the Republican Party here in Illinois. Cue to the Will County Republican Party trying to raise thousands of dollars just to maintain an office and furniture.

  7. - Annonin' - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 10:57 am:

    Hard to have confidence in the leadership by rent cheats. Maybe they could a “loan” from the LaHoods

  8. - Suburban Mom - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:03 am:

    Oh man, edit better: “rent in the rears”

    That … is very Matt Gaetz-sounding.

  9. - train111 - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:04 am:

    That sign reminds me of the “Don’t Cook DuPage” signs from last fall.

  10. - JS Mill - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:10 am:

    =So he is angry they lost, and is punishing his own party and the people in it for that.

    No honor among thieves.=

    The irony of being upset by actions that are a mirror image of what’s happening at the national level with the Trump tantrums is just too precious.

    That some there and here don’t see it is even more delightful.

  11. - John Lopez - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:17 am:

    Looking at how Will County Republicans did in township elections on April 6.

    Wheatland Township saw the supervisor, clerk and a trustee seat flip to the Democrats, though Republicans maintain majority.

    And the appointed incumbent Republican trustee finished 7th?

  12. - Will County ExPat - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    George and the Will County GOP have no concept of personal responsibility. They are victims of Bruce Rauner, Adam Kinzinger, Madigan, JB, etc. Rather than fundraising, they are focused on party purity and confessing their allegiance to a President has never received 50% of the national vote (and maybe 35% of the state vote). Their inaction and unwillingness to pay their bills or financially support candidates is tantamount to political malpractice and they should be removed by the GOP chairman.

  13. - Quizzical - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:20 am:

    Vote for us! We have no idea what we’re doing, but we’ll fight for your side in the culture wars.

  14. - Julian Perez - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:22 am:

    “Have they asked Catalina Lauf for a $10K check, or is she a deadbeat like Trump?”

    So easy to cast aspersions against a successful Latina entrepreneur.

    If it’s Catalina/Kinzinger, Catalina will win the primary by at least 10% points

  15. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:32 am:

    Don’t worry, if you make your tent small enough you won’t even need a tent anymore.

  16. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:42 am:

    ===So easy to cast aspersions against a successful Latina…===

    Rep. Ocasio-Cortez agrees with you.

  17. - Spader2022 - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 11:50 am:

    This organization is like the blind leading the blind. Their chairman and the executive committee are a joke. They used to be a legit organization but have turned into a circus. And their election record in Will County the past 6 years is laughable. Another reason why the Chairman should resign. Republicans are supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility. So sad what has happened to Will GOP

  18. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    “rent in the rears”

    Geniuses they are not.

  19. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 12:01 pm:

    - John Lopez -

    For a bit more clarity on Will county, just google the following;

    plainfield township supervisor indicted

  20. - John Lopez - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 12:09 pm:

    === Have they asked Catalina Lauf for a $10K check…? ===

    Actually, Will County GOP leaders backed Jim Oberweis in 2020 IL-14 primary (and ahead of Will Co resident Ted Gradel).

    Will Co GOP leaders may want to hit up Mr. Oberweis if they haven’t already?

  21. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 12:56 pm:

    I am just fixated at the idea that the Will County GOP is actually identifying themselves by what they’re not. Yes. We know you’re not Cook County. It’s in your name. Is this really how you identify yourself?

    Maybe it’s a force of habit from having to tell people that you’re not racist, not a Nazi, not a bigot, et al.

    One reaps what they sow, but let me translate this for any GOP Readers:

    Galatians 6

  22. - Lynn S. - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:03 pm:

    If I wasn’t at work, I would be laughing so hard I would wet myself.

    Why aren’t they hitting up Donald Trump, Dick Uihlein, Dan Proft for the money?

  23. - Huh? - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:05 pm:

    Wonder if the eviction moratorium applies to political committees.

  24. - OneMan - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:28 pm:

    What say you?

    six thousand dollars in rent due
    six thousand dollars in the rears
    six thousand dollars in the rears
    How do you measure, measure a year?

    In yardsigns, in censures
    In anger, in furniture
    In fundraisers, in stickers
    In laughter, in strife
    In six thousand dollars in the rears
    How do you measure a year in the party?

    How about rage?
    How about rage?
    How about rage?
    Measure in rage

    Seasons of rage
    Seasons of rage

    Party chair soloist:
    six thousand dollars in rent due
    six thousand dollars in the rears
    six thousand dollars in the rears
    How do you measure the life of a party chair?

    Male soloist:
    In truth that he learned
    Or in times that he cried
    In bridges he burned
    Or the way that he tried

    Remember the caucus
    Remember the failed slates
    Remember the bitterness
    Remember to pay the Rent…

  25. - thisjustinagain - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 1:52 pm:

    There is much humor in the situation of the party of the rich being took broke to pay for office space and furniture, yet complaining about their opponents wasting money. Agree with Will County Expat and Spader above comments.

  26. - Cool Papa Bell - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:11 pm:

    Truly the party of Trump. Getting evicted, late on payments, taking on debt…

  27. - cermak_rd - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 2:17 pm:


    That is a masterpiece. I could honestly imagine Randy Rainbow singing that!

  28. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    - OneMan -

    Tasty. Well done.

    To the post,

    Politics is poetry. Always been.

    If you can’t find people willing to pay to hear your poetry, vote for your versus, move people to rally to the words… like all bad poets… you’re broke, on the street, and wondering, bitterly, why others don’t get your genius.

    I can’t help these folks. Wish I could.

    Their ideas and poetry, it’s accidentally comical, farce, and seeing that… eviction isn’t just real, but symbolic.

  29. - Proud Sucker - Friday, Apr 16, 21 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===Will Co GOP leaders may want to hit up Mr. Oberweis if they haven’t already?===

    He’s too busy trying to make Underwood spend money to defend against his request of the House to seat him instead of her. Classy to the end.

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