CHICAGO - Saturday, the new Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee will pick its new party chairman, and with the current chairman Jack Dorgan choosing to join the Rauner campaign, Dorgan and Rauner threw their support to Cook County Board Commissioner Tim Schneider to be the next state chairman.
When Schneider tossed his name in for consideration when the IL GOP picked Dorgan last year, he told an SJ-R political columnist that he was “a compromiser” on platform issues, and said he had “no position I currently wish to talk about” on same-sex marriage.
“It’s critical that the new … chairman concentrate on fiscal and economic issues,” he said at the time. “Basically, it’s the social issues that divide our party currently, and I am concerned about those, but I’m more concerned about the issues that unite our party.”
Schneider's bio says his focus is against increased taxes and spending, fiscal responsibility, and transparency in government. 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."
During his first term, Schneider takes credit for leading the fight to repeal President Todd Stroger’s excessive sales tax increase. He also boasts of authoring legislation that reduced in half campaign contribution limits for companies doing business with Cook County. As Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Workers Compensation, Schneider pushed legislation that combats workers compensation fraud by requiring injured employees to submit to recorded interviews detailing each workplace accident.
Schneider is currently serving his second term on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and represents the 15th District (Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Barrington, and Streamwood).
Prior to serving on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, he served as Hanover Township Trustee from 1984-1997. He also served as Hanover Township Highway Commissioner from 1997-2006. As highway commissioner, Schneider led a township road improvement project without impacting the highway commission’s bottom line. He left office with a $2,000,000 surplus.
Commissioner Schneider received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. A businessman and entrepreneur, Tim serves as general partner/owner of The Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, and Waterwerks Car Wash in Elgin.