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Republicans Gather At Lincoln Day Dinner As Primary Election Nears

Republican Congressional Candidates from the 17th District competing in the March Primary this Tuesday, March 21st are from left Jim Mowen, Andrea Zinga, and Brian Gilliland. Republicans are asked to select one to face incumbent Congressman Lane Evans (D) of Moline this fall in the General Election who is running unopposed.

Other Republican Candidates attending the Henderson County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at Country Fun are from left:

Candidate for Lt. Governor Steve Rauschenberger, an accomplished legislator who has received the Chicago Tribune and the Sun Times nod as a fiscal conservative and nationally recognized budget and tax expert, four-time recipient of the NFIB "Guardian of Small Business" Award, "accomplished Legislator past 13 years, thoughtful conservative, middle class champion." Running as a team with Ron Gidwitz in the primary for top issues as an "Educator reformer, Tax fighter, and Job creator", Rauschenberger says he will work well with whoever Republicans nominate for the Governor's race.

Pictured next is Mrs. Bill Brady who spoke on behalf of her husband, a Republican candidate for Governor from Bloomington. He has received the only endorsement from the Conservative Summit for his pro-life pro-family stand. Brady supports a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, supports 2nd amendment rights, signed the "no new taxes" pledge and he favors tax incentives for ethanol. Brady's pledge is to ...

1-encourage economic growth and job retention creating jobs for Illinois workers;

2-expose and attack corruption, conflicts of interest and cronyism in state government;

3-lessen the burden on Illinois taxpayers and provide property tax relief for Illinois families, senior citizens and businesses;

4-restore fiscal integrity by reining in spending and balancing our budget through prioritizing programs;

5-empower local schools by reducing educational bureaucracy and target dollars to directly benefit students in the classroom.

6-defend the moral values that make Illinois families strong, promote a culture that respects life and embrace policies that encourage personal responsibility.

Brady is endorsed by State Representative Rich Myers as well as the Bloomington newspaper.

Pictured third is featured speaker the Honorable Stewart Umholtz, Candidate for Attorney General from Pekin who has represented the state as prosecutor and legal advisor. He takes a strong stand against corruption successfully fighting against Meth manufacturers, sex offenders, domestic violence. He is the grandson of a coal miner, and son of a steel worker and mother is a nurse. He and his wife are active in the Methodist Church with their three children.

Pictured at far right is Judge Michael J. Power running for the vacancy of retiring Appellate Court Judge Kent Slater. Judge Power was a prosecutor, his father a WW II veteran and policeman 42 years. He received a recommended rating by the Illinois Bar Association for the Illinois Appellate Court 3rd District and is running unopposed