Six suburban townships celebrated at a Lincoln Day dinner in Palatine Monday night attracting more than 500 guests and numerous political luminaries from the Chicago area. Rand Paul was the featured speaker at the Northwest Suburban Lincoln Day dinner at The Cotillion; Senator Mark Kirk addressed the group by video, and WLS Radio commentator Dan Proft was the M.C. for the evening. Hosts for the event were committeemen from Wheeling, Schaumburg, Barrington, Hanover, Northfield and Palatine townships.

Among the guests were several potential candidates for Illinois governor including former Rep. Joe Walsh, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner and State Senator Kirk Dillard. The event was an opportunity for suburban Republicans to meet Chicagoan Paul McKinley, who just a week earlier won the GOP primary for the special election to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 2nd District seat; that election will be held on April 9th.

Conversations among many of the political activists at the dinner centered on the future of Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady, who has been under fire recently for supporting gay marriage legislation in Springfield, an issue that has not been part of the Republican agenda in the state. Speaker Rand Paul foreshadowed his U.S. Senate filibuster Wednesday, speaking against the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens on American soil – a policy that he considers unconstitutional because it violates the 5th Amendment’s due process clause.

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Second District GOP candidate Paul McKinley with his wife Rochelle, and supporter Jack Roeser (left) and with 2012 GOP candidate for the 9th District, Tim Wolfe (below).