Fighting for Illinois taxpayers




Palatine Township Republican Organization is the premier political organization of the Chicagoland area. We have become stop #1 and the victory center for political campaigns across the state. Governors, lawmakers, judges, radio personalities and numerous state politicians have come through our doors.


Our great state of Illinois, rich with history and national significance, is in jeopardy. Once a state where people flocked for new opportunity and freedom, Illinois is better know for its high taxes. Bad policies and Democratic control have gotten us into an unsustainable financial mess that has indebted future generations for years to come. The Democrats would have you believe that we can tax and spend our way to prosperity, while encroaching on our freedoms.


Each election will be vital to the future of Illinois and its citizens. This is why PTRO is teaming up with Republicans and Independents from across the state to help get our citizens involved and their voices heard. With your help we will regain important seats both locally and nationally as we strive to enforce constitutional limits on government and get our fiscal house in order.

Upcoming Events

June 15th

Rooftop Party and Bags with Tom Rooney

State Senator Tom Rooney is having a fundraiser on the rooftop of Durty Nellie’s on Thursday, June 15th from 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $40 per person or $80 per family. Pizza and salad are included. There will be a special raffle for a personalized Rooney bags set. Please visit

June 19

Cocktails with Congressmen

ILGOP Chairman Tim Schneider invites you to join Congressmen Mike Bost, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus, Darin LaHood and Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday, June 19th at Gene and Georgetti steakhouse in Rosemont. Host and sponsor reception will begin at 5:30pm with the general receptions beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are $100 with sponsorships available. Please RSVP to Barret Kedzair at or call 312-201-9000.

June 20th

PTRO Civics Discussion forum

Join us for a discussion on the War Powers Act and the Presidency on June 20 at 7:00 pm.   For additional background information, please visit


PTRO civics forum will be held several times over the year giving us a chance to meet, discuss and debate a variety of political and current events topics.  These forums will be hosted by Debbie and Dennis.

July 1st

PTRO Monthly Meeting

Doors open at 8:30am and meetings start at 9:00am sharp! We will be having several elected officials provide state and local updates.

Featured Stories

Spending per student ranges from $8,500 to $32,000 in suburbs

The analysis included costs reported to the Illinois State Board of Education by 56 elementary districts, 18 high school districts and 19 unit districts in six counties.

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Suburbs look to opt out of Cook County sick time, minimum wage laws

In October, the Cook County Board passed two laws to mirror measures in Chicago: One allows employees, with a few exceptions, to accrue up to five days of paid sick time each year; the other increases the minimum wage, in increments, to $13 an hour by 2020. Now at least one community is doing more than debating — it has opted out. And other suburbs could follow suit.

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Analyst says Cook County’s new soda tax will hurt lower-income residents the most

The Cook County Board recently approved a regressive tax on residents to raise money for the county, this time a penny-per-ounce sales tax on soda and other sugary drinks. “Cook County is once again trying to fix a spending problem by raising new tax revenues,” Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an appearance on the Illinois Rising radio show.

Chicago City Wire Story

Looking to run for Office in 2018?

We are seeking candidates to run for a variety of state and county positions. If you have any interest or need more information, please contact Aaron Del Mar at

The Team

A group of individuals fighting to preserve our constitutional freedoms

The Palatine Township Republican Organization is an organization run by our membership.

Aaron B. Del Mar


In September of 1978, Aaron B. Del Mar was born as an only child to Vic & Betty Del Mar and was raised in Palatine, Illinois. A product of District15 & 211 schools (Sanborn & Sundling), Aaron graduated from Palatine High School …

Richard Maxwell

Field Director

Richard was born in 1931. After graduating from college in 1954, he was commissioned in the Air Force as a Navigator/Fighter Intercept Officer. Once he completed active duty in 1958, he entered the USAF Reserve/Air …

Tom Rooney

President and Treasurer

Tom grew up in far left-leaning Evanston, roaming around Evanston Township High School with “Mr. Conservative” on his high school jacket and a Ronald Reagan binder with a homemade bumper sticker that said “52.7 Million …

Bill Pohlman

Outreach Director

Bill has lived in Palatine since 1976 and has spent over 30 years in consumer, business and non-profit communications. Since 1981, he has worked at AP ltd., an advertising and Internet development firm, and has been a partner …

Sharon Langlotz-Johnson

Communications Co-Chair

Sharon Clifford

Special Events Director

Marilyn Jamel

Office Manager

Alissa DePue

Director of Volunteer Services

Alissa currently works with the Palatine Boosters. Her experience and outreach within the Palatine community and PTRO are tremendously valuable.

Debbie Lemonidis

Executive Director

Join us in fighting for the fundamental principles of fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and limited, transparent government. With your help we will regain the congressional majority as we strive to enforce constitutional limits on government and get our fiscal house in order.

Join us in fighting for the fundamental principles of fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and limited, transparent government.

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