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Mark Shaw, President (Lake County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (847) 609-3482 / E-Mail: markshawlaw@hotmail.com

Mark L. Shaw currently serves as the Chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee, the State Central Committeeman for the Illinois Republican Party from the 10th Congressional District, and the Co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. Shaw is a 34-year, Registered Pharmacist and a 30-year, Licensed Attorney, and serves as the President of Shaw Law Ltd., a general practice law firm with 7 attorneys and 4 paraprofessionals. Shaw Law Ltd. represents working families and small businesses in nearly all areas of law – both in and out of court. Shaw previously served his community as a Lake Forest Cub Scouts Master, Lake Forest Soccer and Basketball Coach, a Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Teen Court Judge, a Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Lions Club Member, a Lake Forest Municipal Caucus Official, a Lake Forest Plan Commissioner, and a Lake County Government Reform and Accountability Commissioner. Shaw currently serves his community as a West Skokie Drainage District Commissioner. Shaw is a Certified Guardian ad litem and Arbitrator. Shaw was born in Christian County, was raised in Bond, Christian, and Wabash Counties, and spent his adult life in Cook, Lake, Wabash and Williamson Counties. Shaw has been married to Lynn, a C.P.A., for 28 years, and is the father of 16-year old, A.J. Shaw is a graduate of Purdue University (B.S. Pharm., with honors) and Indiana University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude).

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James Thompson, Vice President (Northern Region) (Winnebago County)
(Counties Included: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago)
Contact Information: Telephone: 815-963-4895 / E-Mail: countygopchair@gmail.com

James Thompson currently serves as the Chairman of the Winnebago County Republican Central Committee, and the Vice President for the Northern Region of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. Thompson is a life-long Northern Illinois resident and has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1988. He is a partner at Shriver, O'Neill & Thompson, a general practice law firm with offices in Rockford and Belvidere (sotlaw.net). In addition to serving business and individual clients, he also serves as Guardian ad litem on various cases in the area, as well as being a member of local and state bar associations. Thompson is a graduate of Rockford University (B.A. History/English, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude). Other community activities include vocal performances and theatrical productions, as well as participating in various aspects of his church. His involvement with Republican politics began when James R. Thompson was governor. He is married to Lori, a forensic pediatric nurse practitioner, and they are the parents of Michael.

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Kurt Glazier, Deputy Vice President (Nortern Region) (Whiteside County)
Contact Information: 815-441-4737 815-622-0439 kglazier67@gmail.com

Kurt Glazier currently serves as the Chairman of the Whiteside County Republican Central Committee, and Deputy Vice President of the Northern Regional for the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. He is a life-long resident of Whiteside County, having grown up in the Lyndon, and has resided in Sterling since 1989. Kurt is a 1985 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a 1987 graduate of Morrison Institute of Technology. He has been employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for 29 years. He has been married to Roxanne for 9-1/2 years and is the father of two daughters, Samantha and Sydney, and three step-children, Danielle (deceased), Derek and Rayce. His involvement in the Republican Party began after running for Sterling Township Trustee in 2009. He was elected to the Whiteside County Board in 2010 and has been serving ever since in that elected position. Kurt has been, and is, active in his community in addition to his activity in the Republican Party. He and his wife are avid campers and enjoy camping in Northwest Illinois with their friends.

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James L. Ayers, Vice President (Central Region) (Piatt County)
Contact Information: 217-369-7957 ayers@prairieinet.net
(Counties Included: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, and Woodford)

Contact Information: Telephone: (217) 369-7957 / E-Mail: ayers@prairieinet.net

Mr. James L. Ayers is the Piatt County Republican Chairman following a long line of local distinguished Republicans including his brother Stephen Ayers, Jim Reed and Mike Wildman representing 40 years of Piatt County Republican leadership. His family traces their Republican support back to the Reagan election. His sister Betty Ayers, now Comerford worked in the Reagan White House for his first 6 years. Mr. James L. Ayers is a principal in the law firm of Shonkwiler & Ayers located in Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois. He is a past president of the Piatt County Bar Association and a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations. In addition, Mr. Ayers is President of Central Illinois Manufacturing Co.(Cim-Tek Filtration) in Bement, IL. For the past 60 years, this company has provided petroleum solutions for the agricultural market, gas stations and industrial filtration systems. Mr. James L. Ayers was elected to the Parkland College Board of Trustees in 1989 and re-elected four more times. He became Board Chairman when John Albin retired in 1999 until 2001, served as Vice-Chairman from 2002-2003 and Chairman in 2007 to 2012 and since as Secretary. James L. Ayers is the former Mayor of Monticello, 1993-2001. Mr. Ayers graduated from the University of Illinois, January 1970 and from the University of Tulsa College of Law in July 1972. From 1972 to 1976 he served on active duty in the USAF as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. James also is dedicated to serving various civic organizations, including Rotary, Lions, and the Boy Scouts. James led the first GSE Rotary Group Study Exchange to China in 2006. In addition to the Silver Beaver Award, he is the Past President of Prairielands Council, BSA. James is married to Linda and they are the parents of a son Jeff and a daughter Leslie Patrick. They have four grandchildren.

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Rhonda Belford, Vice President (Southern Region) (Hardin County)
Contact Information: 618-289-3607 belstar@shawneelink.net
(Counties Included: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Shelby, St. Clair, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Union)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 525-1855 / E-Mail: belstar@shawneelink.net

Rhonda Belford currently serves as the Chairman of the Hardin County Republican Central Committee, the Vice-President for the Southern Region for the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois and the Deputy Central Committeewoman for the Illinois Republican Party for the 15th Congressional District. Belford is a Registered Nurse of 32 years and has served in Long term, Primary and Acute Care settings in administrative roles. Belford has also served in the Community Affairs and Marketing Department for two of Illinois’s State Treasurers for approximately 6 years. Belford works in community development, economic development and tourism as a director of the Golconda Main Street Organization and as a Director of the Ohio River Scenic Byway (ORSB), Inc. (a not-for-profit corporation). Rhonda also serves as a member of the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Pope/Hardin Farm Bureau, the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club and as a long-time Fluorspar Festival Committee Member. Rhonda is an active member of the First Apostolic Church of Rosiclare where she is a part of the praise and worship team. This is where she credits her inspiration for her singing ability, in addition to the encouragement of her dear Mother, which led to the Singing News No. 2 chart song, “When Nothing But a Miracle Will Do”. Rhonda is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, and they have 2 grown sons, Jerod and Britt, and 4 grandchildren.

Brad Halbrook, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Shelby County)
Contact Information: 217-454-3535 217-774-4794 bradhalbrook@me.com

Brad Halbrook currenty serves as the Chairman of the Shelby County Republiucan Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

J.C. Kowa, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Richland County)
Contact Information: 618-838-1561 618-395-8124 jckowa@frontier.com

J.C. Kowa currently serves as the Chairman of the Richland County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois. J.C. is married to Carmen Kowa and is the father of two sons, William and Jacob. J.C. retired from the East Richland School District in late 2013 after 35 years of service. Since 2014, J.C. has served as Legislative Assistant to Illinois State Representative David Reis. J.C. has been active with his local Republican Party Organization for almost 40 years. He has served as the local coordinator for many state and national candidates including, but not limited to, President George Herbert Walker Bush, Presidential Candidate Robert Dole, Governor Jim Edgar, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady, U.S. Representative Candidate Brent Winters, Illinois State Senator John O. Jones, and Illinois State Representative David Reis. J.C. Kowa was first elected Chairman of the Richland County Republican Central Committee in 2003. As County Chairman, J.C. has been very active in the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois – serving as Secretary, Deputy Vice President and Vice President for the Southern Region. In his current capacity as Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region, J.C. works very closely with the Republican Central Committees of Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Wabash Counties. In addition, J.C., has served on the Platform Committee for the Illinois Republican State Convention since 2008.

Bruce Rodely, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Perry County)
Contact Information: 618-318-1376 brodely@hotmail.com

Bruce Rodely currently serves as the Chairman of the Perry County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

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Ben Stratemeyer, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Marion County)
Contact Information: 618-246-8686 618-532-1326 beancounterben@gmail.com

Ben Stratemeyer currently serves as the Chairman of the Marion County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. He is a former Repbulican candidate for the Illinois State Senate. Ben comes from a centennial farm family with roots in southern Illinois going back nearly 200 years. Ben previously served as the SIU College Republican President. He was Finance Director for City of Salem; Marion County Representative of Illinois South Tourism Bureau, County Administrator and Guardian and Board of Directors South Central Transit Authority. He and his wife Celeste are members of Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia, where Ben serves on the Board of Deacons. They have two daughters. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Economics, Finance with Economics Minor, and a Masters of Business Administration. He also received a Bachelors of Science from McKendree College. His community services include Farm Bureau of Massac County, Board of Directors for Chamber of Commerce (Centralia), Illinois Broadcasters Assoication, Illinois CPA Society, Illinois Oil and Gas Association, American Society of Quality, and Rotary Club of Centralia.

Richard Stubblefield, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Jefferson County)
Contact Information: 618-244-1510 rIscfs@sbcglobal.net

Richard Stubblefield currently serves as the Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

David Surbeck, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Greene County)
Contact Information: 217-374-2338 surbeck@frontier.com

David Surbeck currently serves as the Chairman of the Greene County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

Kenneth Wiggs, Deputy Vice President (Southern Region) (Johnson County)
Contact Information: E-Mail: 618-771-2775 618-658-2918 kwiggs7@gmail.com

Kenneth Wiggs currently serves as the Chairman of the Johnson County Republican Central Committee, and the Deputy Vice President for the Southern Region of Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

Kenneth C. Shepro, Vice President (Collar County Region) (Kane County)
(Counties Included: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will)
Contact Information: Telephone: (708) 471-4630 / E-Mail: kcshepro@aol.com

Kenneth C. Shepro currently serves as the Chairmen of the Kane County Republican Central Committee, and the Vice President for the Collar County Region of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois.

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Laura Kent Donahue, Vice President (XXXX) (Adams County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (XXX) XXX-XXXX / E-Mail: XXXXX

Laura Kent Donahue served in the Illinois State Senate from 1981 to 2002 representing the western edge of central Illinois. Former Senator Donahue served in the Senate Republican leadership as the Majority Caucus Chair and as an Assistant Majority Leader. During her tenure in Springfield, Laura also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee and as a member of the Energy and Environment and the Public Health and Welfare Committees. She served as the Treasurer of the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and as Chairman of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Laura was born in Quincy, Illinois, graduated from the Quincy public school system and was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Laura Kent Donahue currently serves on the Illini Community Hospital Board, as the Republican Chairman of the Adams County Republican Central Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Adams County Republican Women. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and previously served as a Board member of the YMCA and on the Executive Committee of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.

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Phil Sherwood, Vice President (Cumberland County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (217) 259-6165 / E-Mail: philp_sherwood@yahoo.com

Phil Sherwood currently serves as the Cumberland County Republican Chairman and part of the Republican Central Committee since 2010. He was a Science teacher at Cumberland Unit 77 form 1972 to 1977. Currently is working at Ag Business from 1977 on a part-time basis. Phil was born October 18, 1949 and graduated from Cumberland Unit 77 High School in 1967. He attended Eastern Illinois University in 1971 and graduated with an degree in Education. Phil served in the Army National Guard and stationed at Mattoon, Illinois in 1971-1977. He married his wife, Alice in 1970 and they have one daugther, Amy Robinson and two grandsons. Phil's hobbies include golf, fishing, the Cardinals Baseball team, and Illini Basketball.

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Sean Morrison, Vice President (Cook County Region)
(County Included: Cook)
Contact Information: Telephone: (773) 294-4166 / E-Mail: sean@morrisonsecurity.com

Sean Morrison currently serves as the Chairman of the Cook County Republican Central Committee, and the Vice President of the Cook County Region of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. Sean is motivated by his devotion to family, community and the rule of law. A strong believer in limited government and proactive private assistance, Sean Morrison has spent his adult life creating jobs and giving back to the community to improve the quality of life in Cook County. Sean Morrison knows how to get things done, and he’s been doing it for over 30 years. Long before he became actively involved in government and volunteering for qualified suburban candidates, Sean Morrison was an outspoken advocate of responsible and sustainable government financing. A successful business owner who created his company after working his way through Moraine Valley Community College, Sean Morrison now employs and supervises almost 1,000 employees as the CEO of Morrison Security Corporation. Sean and his wife Lora, a registered nurse, are raising their two daughters in south suburban Palos Park.

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Barbara J. Viviano, Secretary (St. Clair County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 971-9555 / E-Mail: barbv0722@gmail.com

Barbara Viviano currently serves as the Chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Central Committee, and the Secretary for the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. In addition, Barb is a founding member of the Republican Women of St. Clair County Club, Secretary for the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, 12th Congressional District State Central Committeeman and Co-Chairwoman of the Illinois Republican Party. As one of the hardest-working grassroots Republican organizers in her district, Barb Viviano is known for “getting things done.” Barb organizes and encourages others as she walks in parades, makes phone calls, gets petitions signed, and works on fundraisers for candidates and the GOP. She worked tirelessly to help elect Congressman Mike Bost as the first Republican elected in the 12th Congressional District in decades. Barb was born and raised in Missouri, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from a St. Louis School for Medical Technology. She moved to Illinois after graduation where she accepted a position at Memorial Hospital in Belleville and has lived in St. Clair County ever since. As Barb says, “life happened” and during the thirty-five years she worked at the same hospital there was marriage and two children. She now greatly enjoys a relationship of much love and respect with her two grown children with their busy and professional lives. Her two grandchildren complete this cycle. She says that having a husband who understands her love of politics is a great help as she continues her part in helping build the Republican Party.

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Jeremy Plank, Treasurer (Madison County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 931-2377 / E-Mail: jeremy.plank@gmail.com

Jeremy Plank currently serves as the Chairman of Madison County Republican Central Committee, and the Treasurer of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois. He is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner with over twelve years of accounting and five years of audit experience in government and not-for-profit sectors. He also gives presentations related to fraud and internal controls for local governments. Jeremy graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, from North Central University, Minneapolis, with a Bachelor of Arts, Pastoral Studies, and from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with a Masters in Business Administration. His professional affiliations and memberships include: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Illinois Government Finance Officers Association; Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society; and Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Board Member.