LIBERTYVILLE – The Lake County Republican Federation is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Kirk will be the featured guest for a special reception. The event takes place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The cocktail reception begins at 5:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $100 per person. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.
"Mere words can hardly express how pleased we are to welcome Senator Kirk back to Lake County," said Federation President Larry Falbe. "Senator Kirk's inspiring recovery from his stroke and his amazing spirit and determination to overcome those challenges serve as a model for all of us. We are proud and fortunate to have him as the most senior Republican in our state."
Senator Kirk worked as a staff member for Congressman John Porter before moving to work at the World Bank and later the State Department. He practiced law at Baker & McKenzie before serving as a counsel to the House International Relations Committee. In 2000, Senator Kirk was elected to the House of Representatives, representing Illinois' Tenth Congressional District, where he served five terms before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010.
In January 2012, Senator Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke and underwent surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to relieve swelling in his brain. After nearly a year of intensive recovery and rehabilitation, Senator Kirk triumphantly returned to work by climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2013. Friends and colleagues from both sides of the aisle cheered as Senator Kirk walked up the Capitol steps. Senator Kirk reflected that his return to the Senate was one of the greatest moments of his life.
The goal of the event is to raise the funds necessary for a successful 2014 election campaign. Proceeds will be used towards grassroots organizing efforts, upgrading technology, maintaining Lake County Republican Headquarters, and providing staff support for the Lake County GOP. Senator Kirk is appearing as a special guest and is not asking for funds or donations.
The Lake County Republican Federation has provided service to Republicans for over fifty years. To learn more about how you can contribute with your time, talent, or treasures, visit www.lcgop.org or call Erin Westphal at (847) 680-6680.