Palatine Township Republican Organization is located at 839 N Quentin Rd in Palatine, IL. Led by Committeeman Aaron Del Mar since his election win in 2010, we continue to grow as we welcome all Republicans and Independents into the organization. Our foundation is anchored by a number of volunteers who have been involved in local politics for decades, and we are energized by a number of new young volunteers looking to make their voice heard.
Our monthly meetings are held at our office on the first Saturday of every month beginning at 9am. We encourage the community to come out and support our candidates, listen to potential candidates debate, and let their voices be heard. Without you there is no PTRO, but with all of our efforts we can make a difference.
Please come back and visit our website as we post information regarding elections, get out the vote, candidate profiles, and issues that are of concern to you. You can also visit our Facebook page and help us get the word out as to why it is so important that we support our local Republican candidates and politicians.
Palatine Township is located in the northwest corner of Cook County, Illinois. Located just west of the City of Chicago, Palatine Township incorporates Palatine, and portions of Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, and Rolling Meadows. Palatine Township remains one of the strongest Republican areas in all of Cook county as well as the state of IL.
PTRO has three functions:
- to encourage local citizens to get active in the political process and educate them about their government,
- to promote the nomination and election of qualified Republican candidates at all levels and
- to act as the party’s local liaison by coordinating activities with the official Cook County and Illinois Republican Party committees.
The foundation of PTRO resulted from Aaron Del Mar being elected Committeemen after he was elected by Republican primary voters in 2010. This is a 4yr term. As PTRO has grown, we have been sought out by other Republican organizations to help replicate our success. In the 2010 presidential election, PTRO was also the NW IL Victory Center where we made 250,000 phone calls on behalf of our Republican candidates.
Aaron B. Del Mar, Committeeman
In September of 1978, Aaron B. Del Mar was born as an only child to Vic & Betty Del Mar and was raised in Palatine, Illinois. A product of District15 & 211 schools (Sanborn & Sundling), Aaron graduated from Palatine High School in 1996. During his high school career, Aaron was very involved in athletics, making the varsity wrestling team, earning All-State honors, and setting several school records, some of which still stand today. Upon high school graduation, Aaron earned a scholarship to Indiana University-Bloomington and earned a degree in Public Management from the nationally ranked school of Public and Environmental Affairs. During his time at Indiana University, Aaron was a varsity letter winner in wrestling as a true freshman, a three-time Judo All-American and a member of the 2000 University World Judo Team.
Collin Corbett, President
Collin is the President of Cor Strategies, a political, marketing and public relations firm based in Palatine. He has worked for numerous federal, state and local elected officials, candidates and organizations. Before politics, he worked as a television and radio producer and was a preferred director for events throughout the Midwest.
Bebe Sutton, Deputy Committeeman / Executive Director
Bebe moved with her husband Marshall to Palatine 10 years ago. Over the years, she has worked for various advertising agencies ending up as Senior Media Buyer for McCann Erick son working on such accounts as Miller Beer, Coca-Cola and Lufthansa Airlines. In 1980, she opened her own company doing free-lance media, marketing and promotions. Bebe left advertising in 1990 and started working as a Senior Executive Assistant for senior management at Dean Witter/Discover Card, Ameritech, Boots Pharmaceuticals and ACNielsen before she retired in 2008. Bebe has been a member of the Palatine Women’s Club for the last five years.
Lou Sands, Treasurer
Louis A Sands is a former Board Member of School District 15 and former treasurer of URP (United Republicans of Palatine)
Kevin McGrane, Secretary
Kevin has been a Palatine resident for the last three years after having grown up in Elmhurst, IL. Shortly after moving to Palatine he joined PTRO and the Palatine Township Young Republicans. In addition to serving as Secretary, he is also a precinct captain and a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Kevin currently works in sales at CDW in Chicago. Both Kevin and his wife are alumni of the University of Iowa.
Richard Maxwell, Field Director
Richard was born in 1931. After graduating from college in 1954, he was commissioned in the Air Force as a Navigator/Fighter Intercept Officer. Once he completed active duty in 1958, he entered the USAF Reserve/Air National Guard and flew five missions to Viet Nam. Richard retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. Professionally, Richard spent over 40 years in the insurance industry first working for Royal Insurance Company and later for Roanoke Brokerage Services.
Bill Pohlman, Communications Director
Bill has lived in Palatine since 1976 and has spent over 30 years in consumer, business and non-profit communications. Since 1981, he has worked at AP ltd., an advertising and Internet development firm, and has been a partner since 1994.
John Nowaczyk, Deputy Treasurer
John is a Wheeling resident who graduated from Wheeling High School in 1997. He joined PTRO while working on Robert Dold’s election committee in his 2010 successful run for the US House of Representatives. John immediately became an integral part of the PTRO team when he became the Assistant Manager for the Illinois Victory Center. As Assistant Manager, he logged in over 60 hours a week and made over 150,000 phone calls as part of PTRO’s efforts to get Republican candidates elected. In 2011, John worked on the committee for the Lincoln Day Dinner and was named Deputy Treasurer.
Bill Baker, Field Coordinator
Bill is a 37 year resident of Palatine. He has been a staunch Republican since writing a letter to President Gerald Ford. Bill is a graduate of Hunting Ridge Elementary School, Plum Grove Jr. High, and William Fremd High School. He earned a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago.
Cindy Wolta, Deputy Secretary
Cindy and her husband have lived in Palatine and have been involved in the community for over 25 years. Currently, she volunteers for Emergency Management. She has long been involved in local politics having volunteered her time in a number of Palatine elections.