June 19, 2024 Special Edition – Tracy resigns

Tracy “authorized a three-member committee to search for his replacement.” What process will be used to elect Tracy’s replacement? In my opinion, it should include an open Zoom meeting in which each of the candidates give their reasons why they should be elected. In 2005, as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, I organized a candidate forum in Springfield the evening before the day that the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee elected Andy McKenna as IRP’s chairman. The participants were John Cox, Stephen McGlynn, McKenna, and Jim Nalepa. Jim Oberweis wanted to participate, but could not.

— Illinois Republican Chairman Don Tracy resigns just weeks before RNC in Milwaukee – RICK PEARSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Embattled state GOP Chairman Don Tracy resigned Wednesday, ending his more than three-year run and furthering a chaotic period of leadership for a political organization bordering on irrelevancy just weeks before Republicans gather in nearby Milwaukee to renominate former President Donald Trump at their national convention. Tracy’s resignation comes just two days after Illinois Republican leaders deposed Mark Shaw of Lake Forest as the state GOP’s vice chair over controversies stemming from his unsuccessful effort at last month’s state convention to leverage his party position and role as a paid Trump adviser into the post of Republican National Committeeman from Illinois. In his resignation letter, Tracy said his decision was in part because he spent more time dealing with infighting among fellow Republicans than fighting Democrats. “When I took on this full-time volunteer job in February, 2021, I thought I would be spending most of my time fighting Democrats, helping elect Republicans, raising money to pay for more Party infrastructure, and advocating for Party unity. Unfortunately, however, I have had to spend far too much time dealing with intra party power struggles, and local intra party animosities that continued after primaries and County Chair elections,” Tracy wrote in the letter. “In better days, Illinois Republicans came together after tough intraparty elections,” Tracy continued. “Now however, we have Republicans who would rather fight other Republicans than engage in the harder work of defeating incumbent Democrats by convincing swing voters to vote Republican.” Tracy said his resignation was effective upon the election of a new chairman or “no later than July 19,” which is the day after the Republican National Convention ends. He authorized a three-member committee to search for his replacement. Tracy held the party chairmanship since February 2021. An attorney from Springfield and a co-owner of his family’s wealthy food distribution business, he was narrowly elected by a moderate coalition of the Republican State Central Committee over Shaw to replace then-GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s handpicked chairman, Tim Schneider, who Shaw helped push out. Tracy was chosen as the first state Republican chairman from outside the Chicago area since 1988. Though previously an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014 (2010?), he was viewed as coming from the donor class of the party rather than having a strong background in rank-and-file political organizing. That image proved to be his downfall as the GOP suffered continued political losses that led Democrats to control all three branches of state government and saw its suburban base sharply eroded in the populous collar counties. Republicans have lost a sizable share of suburban residents as the party that once embraced fiscal conservatism and social moderation has shifted sharply to more social conservatism and moved the GOP’s geographic base to less-populated rural downstate Illinois. Tracy failed to find ways to harness the rural populism that was an outgrowth of Trump’s dominance of the party. He also didn’t help party candidates distance themselves from Trump’s unpopularity in the suburbs, the region which has traditionally been the key for Republican success statewide. Ultimately, it was the controversies that engulfed Shaw at the state GOP convention in Collinsville that led to Tracy’s resignation. Shaw obtained an unauthorized delegate badge that entitled him to vote for himself for national committeeman, but he was twice rejected for the post by an overwhelming floor vote of delegates. Urged to drop out of the national committeeman’s race, Shaw later acknowledged he threatened to kick the “ass” of another state central committee member. Shaw also faced criticism for handing out drink tickets promoting his own RNC candidacy to a hospitality room dedicated to pushing support for Trump. With various Republican county chairs and state central committee members urging Tracy to remove Shaw from the vice chairmanship, Tracy took no public position and said he was powerless to force Shaw out. Critics said that made Tracy look weak and they also accused him of siding with Shaw by questioning whether he was being treated unfairly. In his letter, Tracy said the sacking of Shaw was “without due process” and “ portends a direction of the state party I am not comfortable with.” Tracy’s handling of the Shaw controversies reopened long-standing concerns about Tracy’s leadership abilities after having survived a “no confidence” test among state central committee members in May of last year. In his letter, Tracy said his decision to resign had been made prior to a Tribune article detailing concerns from party insiders about his leadership. But he erroneously wrote that “no one from the Tribune called me about this article, which I did not learn of until (Wednesday) morning.” A state GOP spokesman said Tuesday that Tracy “can’t chat today” to respond to a Tribune inquiry about party leadership moves. Tracy also had faced criticism as an inadequate spokesman for the state party, often dodging reporters at GOP events and, when speaking to them, repeating national Republican talking points rather than addressing the substance of questions. A similar pattern was evident at state central committee meetings, said one source familiar with the inner working of party matters. The source said Tracy showed up “literally” reading from a script and, if something happened off-script, he would “have to take a break.” Even before Tracy’s announcement, efforts to replace him had been brewing. Two potential successors who have been frequently mentioned are Aaron Del Mar, a former Cook County GOP chair from Palatine, and state Sen. Jason Plummer of Edwardsville. Both are members of the state central committee. In addition to Tracy’s resignation and Shaw’s ouster as vice chair, the state GOP’s finance chairman, suburban businessman Vince Kolber, stepped down following last month’s state convention. Kolber finished third for national committeeman, a post that eventually went to Dean White, a businessman from St. Charles.)
— Chicago-area immigrants hopeful over Biden’s executive order that offers pathways to citizenship to spouses of US citizens. – LAURA RODRÍGUEZ PRESA https://www.chicagotribune.com/2024/06/19/chicago-area-immigrants-hopeful-over-bidens-executive-order-that-offers-pathways-to-citizenship-to-spouses-of-us-citizens/

— Illinois Republican Chair Don Tracy to step down from position, citing ‘intra-party power struggles’

— Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy resigning after RNC – Ray Cortopassi

— Tracy resigns as IL Republican Party Chairman, cites power struggles within party
(THE RESIGNATION LETTER: https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/wandtv.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/f6/1f66988a-2ea1-11ef-b63c-cbfaa2c050a2/667380509f093.pdf.pdf )

— Illinois GOP Chair resigns – Sean Crawford

— Illinois Republican Party Chair Resigns, Blames Party Infighting


— CPS to rename 3 schools, including one named after Christopher Columbus. They make nine schools renamed since a Chicago Sun-Times investigation found 30 schools were named for slaveholders, and schools named after white people — mostly men — vastly outnumbered those named for African Americans, Latinos and indigenous people. – Nader Issa
— ‘Color of wealth’ study examines race, immigration status as factors in Chicago’s inequities. Black Chicagoans helped many parts of the city blossom culturally and economically, but they were also subject to financial exploitation, intimidation and racial violence — challenges later faced by immigrants from Mexico in the mid-20th century. – Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

— Cook County projecting $218 million budget deficit in 2025. No plans for tax hikes or layoffs. – John Odenthal

— Half a million immigrants could eventually get US citizenship under a sweeping new plan from Biden – AP (COMMENT: Democrats ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration. Sooner and sooner and sooner America will be a Hispanic nation.)

— With the election 5 months away, Trump has yet to pick a running mate. – Jeongyoon Han, Franco Ordoñez

— Anticipate/expect that those who have student loans will vote for Biden. Many vote for the candidate who promises to give the most preference to those who share their demographics.

— Wheaton leaders promote LGBTQ.


— Chicago spends on migrants, then evicts them from shelters – Jim Talamonti


— A backlash against progressivism. Biden’s reelection ambition haunted by legacy of failure. – Editorial

— Backdoor To Illegal Voting? – Robert B. Charles

— What Kind of Conservative Will Trump II Be?  The former President, despite some long standing preferences, is not a predictable ideologue. – W. James Antle III

— Biden Administration Quietly Closes More than 350,000 Asylum Cases – Kari Jacobson

— Democrats Turn Lawfare Into a Campaign Ad – Byron York


— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.