PRINCETON — The Bureau County Republican Party’s annual Bureau County Lincoln Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Ye Old Underground Inn in Princeton. Tickets are $45 per person.
This year’s guest of honor will be retiring state Sen. Chuck Weaver, and the keynote speaker will be Win Stoller, who is unopposed to be the Republican state Senate nominee to succeed Weaver.
Barry Welbers, chairman of the Bureau County Republican Party, said the dinner this year is a way for Republicans to thank Sen. Weaver for his exceptional service while his successor, Win Stoller, is introduced to county Republicans by being asked to give the keynote address.
Weaver announced earlier this year that he was retiring at the end of his term because he believes in the Founders' notion of “citizen legislators” who step up to serve for a time and then willingly come back home. He noted the Founders also spoke of a healthy “rotation in office” as optimum public service.
“Win Stoller is an extraordinary person for Republicans to have as our nominee for state Senate,” Weaver said. “Win has an MBA from the University of Illinois, he also earned a CPA license and has auditing experience, which will be invaluable in combing through the state budget.
"But where Win Stoller really excels as a candidate is his genuine good character and core principles," Weaver said. "To get to know Win Stoller is to really like him.”
Stoller is the CEO of Widmer Interiors, which is a Peoria-area company with 40 employees in three locations. He was the chairman of the board of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce until last week, is an active board member and former chairman of the Peoria Salvation Army Advisory Board, has been a local leader in Rotary, and is on the board of BIZ PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting pro-business candidates.
Stoller was one of the very youngest leaders of all three organizations in Peoria: the Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary.
In addition to Weaver and Stoller, invited guests are Casey Chlebek, Mark Curran, Peggy Hubbard, Robert Marshall and Tom Tarter, all seeking to be the Republican U.S. Senate nominee against Dick Durbin, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, and state Reps. Dan Swanson and Ryan Spain.
Anyone seeking to purchase tickets are asked to RSVP by Feb. 26 at BureauCoGOP@gmail.com.