The Future of the Republican Party in Illinois

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/22/18
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location
Maggiano's Banquets

Hosted by
City Club of Chicago


The Future of the Republican Party in Illinois

A Conversation with Pat Brady and Dan Proft

City Club of Chicago

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m. luncheon

Speakers

Dan Proft

Dan Proft is an entrepreneur, editorial contributor to the Chicago Tribune, former Republican candidate for Governor, and radio talk show host with AM 560 The Answer in Chicago where he co-hosts the morning drive show.  He voices a popular political commentary, “:60 of Sanity,” heard by 2 million listeners weekly on the Salem Radio Network.

Dan works as a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free market think tank in Chicago, and also serves on the boards of directors for the USO of Illinois, a non-profit that provides assistance to Illinois military families, Envision Unlimited, a nonprofit in Chicago that serves developmentally disabled persons, Aid for Women, a Catholic, life-affirming pregnancy center, the Advisory Board of the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University and Truth in Accounting, a nonprofit dedicated to accurate public sector accounting and budgeting. He runs one of Illinois’ largest Independent Expenditure PACs, Liberty Principles PAC, which supports candidates committed to the economic liberty policy agenda for state and local offices.

Dan is also a co-founder of Illinois Opportunity Project, a c4 which advocates for free market public policy solutions. Dan earned his BA from Northwestern University and his JD from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.

Pat Brady

Pat Brady is a government affairs consultant to Next Generation Public Affairs, a Midwest-based full service government affairs firm. Brady specializes in issue advocacy, messaging, media relations and government affairs. Brady recently stepped down as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and as a member of the Republican National Committee. He is a former federal fraud and corruption prosecutor, “big 4” consulting firm principal and national law firm partner.

Over the last several years, Pat has been a fixture on local and often national television as a surrogate for numerous political candidates, including two presidential candidates and as an advocate for the Republican Party. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, Canadian National Television, French 2 and virtually all the Chicago and Illinois area media outlets.

In 2010, under Pat’s Chairmanship, Illinois Republicans had their best year in decades in both fundraising and electoral success. Among Republican successes that year, in a race of national focus, Congressman Mark Kirk won the U.S. Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama. Brady served as a key surrogate of the campaign in numerous TV, Radio and print media interviews.

Critical to the electoral success in 2010 was that under Pat’s leadership the Illinois Republican Party, for the first time in its history ran an integrated, technologically sophisticated, statewide get out the vote program which ranked as one of the nation’s top “Victory” GOTV programs making over 4 million phone calls and door knocks.

As a member of the Republican National Committee, Pat played a key role in the election of two RNC Chairmen, served on the Finance and Budget Committees, and Chaired the Ethics Committee.

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