GOP Delegates Take Their Seats Who's Who on the Floor

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GOP Delegates Take Their Seats Who's Who on the Floor


Gary Skoien

Age: 50

Hometown: Inverness

Occupation: CEO of real estate companies that own outlet malls in several states, including Prime Outlets in Huntley. Also, chairman of the board at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Political experience: In April, selected chairman of the Cook County Republican Party. In 1994, unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Philip M. Crane of Wauconda in the GOP primary. Also served as assistant for health and welfare for Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson between 1981 and 1983. Thereafter, Skoien served eight years as executive director of the Capital Development Board.

What do you hope to get out of attending the convention?: "It's a good opportunity to talk to other Republicans nationally and throughout the state of Illinois to improve the state of the party."

What would you tell your friends and neighbors to watch for at conventions to help them determine how to vote? "They should watch for what the president says about security, terrorism and national defense."

Cheryl Axley

Age: 45

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Occupation: Attorney

Political experience: Elk Grove Township clerk, Republican committeewoman, Elk Grove Township trustee of schools

What do you hope to get out of attending the convention?

"I want to attend as many of the seminars and talks as I can so that I can get some new insight into the issues facing government in this country."

What would you tell your friends and neighbors to watch for at conventions to help them determine how to vote?

"I'm not sure what the format of the convention is going to be, since they've kept much of that under wraps. But of course, I'd encourage people to tune in when the candidate, President Bush in this case, speaks. I don't know what would be more important than that."

Pete M. Patel

Age: 60

Hometown: Schaumburg

Occupation: Business manager

Political experience: Elected Schaumburg Township trustee. A founder of the 27th Village Organization, an Indian-American organization, more than 20 years ago.

What do you hope to get out of attending the convention?: "Seeing a strong showing from President Bush."

What would you tell your friends and neighbors to watch for at conventions to help them determine how to vote? "Watch for the honesty and dignity of the parties and not too much spending in government."

Enny M. Skoien

Age: 32

Hometown: Inverness

Occupation: Housewife

Political experience: None

What do you hope to get out of attending the convention? "I'm going to help my husband Gary (Gary Skoien, chairman of the Cook County Republican Party)."

What would you tell your friends and neighbors to watch for at conventions to help them determine how to vote? "I don't know. I don't know anything about politics."

Sidney Mathias

Age: 59

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Occupation: State representative for the 53rd district and an attorney.

Political experience: Buffalo Grove Zoning Board of Appeals (1983-88), Buffalo Grove trustee (1988-91), Buffalo Grove village president (1991-99), state representative for the 51st District (1999-2003), state representative for the 53rd District (2003- current)

What do you hope to get out of attending the convention?

"Inspiration for the upcoming election. And the opportunity to meet people from all over the United States and share ideas about the direction of the Republican Party."

What would you tell your friends and neighbors to watch for at conventions to help them determine how to vote? "Try to listen to as many of the speeches as possible. Listen not necessarily to what they promise, but look at the substance of the speeches."

Ronald M. Hamelberg

Age: 68

Hometown: Barrington

Occupation: Retired certified public accountant

Political experience: Barrington village president, 1993-2001; Barrington village trustee, 1989-1993; Barrington Township trustee, 1969-1973, Barrington Township Republican committeeman, 1976-1982; ran for state representative in the Republican primary in 1982. …

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