As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Tim Schneider has dedicated his life in public service to promoting fiscally conservative values of smaller government, lower taxes, less spending and fighting corruption. At the township, county and statewide levels, Tim remains a steadfast voice for reform and accountability.
Currently serving in his second term as a Cook County Board Commissioner, Tim has led the fight against increased taxes and spending – advocating fiscal responsibility and transparency in government. Tim led the fight to repeal Todd Stroger’s sales tax increase, sponsored legislation to combat pay-to-play and workers compensation, and worked to cut millions in wasteful taxpayer spending. The Chicago Tribune called Tim “a strong and absolutely unwavering voice for streamlining county government” and “an extraordinary member of a Board that could use many more like him.”
Previously, Tim served as Hanover Township Trustee from 1984-1997 and then Hanover Township Highway Commissioner from 1997-2006. As highway commissioner, Tim improved township roads without impacting the highway commission’s bottom line – leaving office with a $2 million surplus.
Chairman Schneider received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He serves as general partner/owner of The Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin and Waterwerks Car Wash in Elgin. He and his wife Shelly have a daughter and two sons.
Demetra DeMonte was elected to the Republican National Committee as the National Committeewoman from Illinois in June of 2008 and is the former Secretary of the RNC, serving from 2011-2015. She serves on the Rules Committee.
Previously, DeMonte served as the state central committeewoman for the Illinois Republican Party, the national member liaison for the RNC State Party Coalition Program Development in 2010 and the secretary of the RNC Midwest Region from 2009-2011. She was also both the chairman and vice chairman of the Tazewell County Republican Party.
A senior partner at a top global law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and RNC National Committeeman from Illinois, Richard W. Porter advises some of the nation’s top private equity firms and corporations on mergers, acquisitions and other complex corporate transactional matters while maintaining a high-level involvement in the national and Illinois political scene.
During his nearly 25 years at Kirkland, Mr. Porter has represented highprofile clients in scores of transactions such as PayPal in its sale to eBay, Biomet in its sale to a consortium led by KKR, Dex Media in its restructuring and combination with SuperMedia and Net2Phone in its sale to AT&T, top private equity firms such as Madison Dearborn Partners in its acquisition and sale of Nuveen Investments and Waud Capital in its formation and growth of Acadia Healthcare, and even the Federal Communications Commission in its restructuring and sale of spectrum rights.
At the same time, Mr. Porter has participated in numerous national, state and local political campaigns, including serving on finance committees for past Republican Presidential nominees, as well as for Illinois Governor, Senate and House candidates. Mr. Porter served as general counsel to Governor Rauner’s
transition and continues to provide advice on key legal issues confronting the state of Illinois.
Mr. Porter’s political involvement started with the 1988 George H.W. Bush campaign, after which he served at the White House as Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and Executive Secretary of the Domestic Policy Council, then Counselor to Vice President Dan Quayle. Earlier, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy Review and Analysis for the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Porter served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also worked as a Lawyer-Economist at Lexecon, Inc. and started his business career at IBM as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative.
Mr. Porter currently chairs Kirkland’s operations committee for its Chicago office, the global new matters screening committee and associate review committee. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and serves on Senator Mark Kirk’s bi-partisan judicial selection panel.
Mr. Porter completed his J.D. at the University of Chicago, where he won the John Olin Prize for Law and Economics, and received his B.A. from Middlebury College in Philosophy & Russian History. Mr. Porter is married, has four children and resides in Winnetka, IL.
Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois on January 12, 2015.
Rauner was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Returning to Illinois in 1981, Rauner began working at the private equity firm Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR), where he worked for more than 30 years and served as chairman. He is currently chairman of R8 Capital Partners. Rauner is married to Diana Mendley Rauner and is the proud father of six children – two boys and four girls.
KIRK, Mark Steven, a Senator and a Representative from Illinois; born in Champaign, Champaign County, Ill., September 15, 1959; B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1981; M.S., London School of Economics, London, England, 1982; J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1992; United States Naval Reserves, 1989 to present; lawyer, private practice; staff member for United States Representative John Porter of Illinois, 1984-1990; special assistant, United States Department of State, 1992-1993; staff member for United States House of Representatives International Relations Committee, 1995; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 2001, until his resignation on November 29, 2010; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in the November 2, 2010, special election to the term ending January 3, 2011, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Roland Burris, and at the same time elected in the general election for the six-year term ending January 3, 2017; took the oath of office on November 29, 2010.
BOST, Mike, a Representative from Illinois; born in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Ill., December 30, 1960; graduated from Murphysboro High School, Murphysboro, Ill., 1979; Certified Firefighter II Academy, University of Illinois, 1993; United Sates Marine Corps, 1979-1982; truck manager; firefighter; business owner; member of the Jackson County Board, Ill., 1984-1988; treasurer of the Murphysboro Township, Ill., 1989-1992; trustee of the Murphysboro Township, Ill., 1993-1995; elected to the Illinois state house of representatives, 1995-present; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred and Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
LaHOOD, Darin, (son of Ray LaHood), a Representative from Illinois; born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., 1968; graduated from Spalding Institute, Peoria, Ill., 1986; B.A., Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1990; J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Ill., 1997; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Representative Charles Jeremy (Jerry) Lewis of California, 1990-1994; Cook County, Ill., prosecutor, 1997-1999; Tazewell County, Ill., prosecutor, 1999-2001; prosecutor, United States attorney for the District of Nevada, 2001-2005; adjunct professor, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev., 2003-2005; member of the Illinois state senate, 2011-2015; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Aaron Schock (September 10, 2015-present).
DAVIS, Rodney, a Representative from Illinois; born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 5, 1970; attended the public schools in Taylorville, Ill.; B.A., Millikin University, Decatur, Ill., 1992; staff, Illinois secretary of state, 1992-1996; unsuccessful candidate for the Illinois state house of representatives in 1996; staff, United States Representative John Shimkus of Illinois, 1997-2012; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Taylorville, Ill., in 2001; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
SHIMKUS, John M., a Representative from Illinois; born in Collinsville, Madison County, Ill., February 21, 1958; graduated from Collinsville High School, Collinsville, Ill.; B.S., West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1980; teaching certificate, Christ College, Irvine, Calif., 1990; M.B.A., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill., 1997; United States Army, 1980-1986; United States Army Reserve, 1986-2008; Collinsville Township, Ill., trustee, 1989-1993; Madison County, Ill., treasurer, 1990-1996; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-present).
ROSKAM, Peter, a Representative from Illinois; born in Hinsdale, DuPage County, Ill., September 13, 1961; B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., 1983; J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill., 1989; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, 1985-1986; staff, United States Representative Henry Hyde of Illinois, 1986-1987; teacher; businessman; member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1993-1999; member of the Illinois state senate, 2000-2006; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives in 1998; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2007-present).
KINZINGER, Adam, a Representative from Illinois; born in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, February 27, 1978; graduated from Normal West High School, Normal, Ill., 1996; B.A., Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., 2000; sales representative; United States Air Force/Illinois Air National Guard, 2003-present; member of the McLean County, Ill., board, 1998-2003; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
HULTGREN, Randy, a Representative from Illinois; born in Park Ridge, Cook County, Ill., March 1, 1966; graduated from Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, Ill., 1984; B.A., Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., 1988; J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Ill., 1993; staff, United States Representative Dennis Hastert of Illinois, 1988-1990; lawyer, private practice; member of the DuPage, Ill., county board, 1994-1998; member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1999-2007; member of the Illinois state senate, 2007-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
DOLD, Robert, a Representative from Illinois; born in Evanston, Cook County, Ill., June 23, 1969; graduated from New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill., 1987; B.A., Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1991; J.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1996; M.B.A., Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Ill., 2000; business owner; staff, United States Vice President James Danforth Quayle, 1991-1993; staff, United States House of Representatives Committee on Reform and Oversight, 1997-1999; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress (January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).