SPRINGFIELD - Five men interested in succeeding Illinois Republican National Committeeman Rich Williamson submitted application packets to the Illinois Republican Party before Wednesday's 5:00 PM deadline, IL GOP staff reports.
The packets will be forwarded to members of the State Central Committee Thursday, and the SCC will meet to decide their pick on January 18th.
- RESIDCO CEO Vince Kolber from Chicago has been involved in fundraising for both national and Illinois Republican candidates since 1998.
- Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom is an attorney and ran for governor in 2010 and most recently, state treasurer until he dropped out in 2013.
- Kent Gray is an attorney from Springfield and has been involved in the Sangamon County GOP for several years. He's volunteered to serve on advance teams for national candidates and is a trustee of the Lincoln Land Community College.
- North suburban attorney Richard Porter is a longtime Republican activist and donor. After working as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals' Judge Richard Posner, he worked under the direction of campaign manager Lee Atwater on the 1988 Bush campaign. Porter went on to serve in senior roles in the George H.W. Bush Administration, including as a special assistant to the President and as Counselor to Vice President Dan Quayle.
- Marc Levine of Wilmette is in the finance profession, and was endorsed by the New Trier Republican Organization in his bid for Illinois Senate in 2012. He has donated to numerous congressional candidates as well as American Crossroads.