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Sangamon County GOP Hosts Successful Lincoln Day Dinner

On Thursday, the Bank of Springfield Center was packed as nearly a thousand people gathered to celebrate the 120th annual Sangamon County Lincoln Day Dinner. The event, organized by the Sangamon County Republican Party,  is one of the biggest political events in the State and attracts a diverse range of attendees, including elected officials, party leaders, and activists.

The keynote address delivered by Tom Homan, the former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, captured the attention of the audience as he addressed one of the most pressing issues in America: the open southern border. Homan is widely recognized for his stance on upholding immigration laws. With a commitment to enforcement, he is an influential voice in shaping policy discussions, contributing to the national dialogue on immigration and border security.

"We're truly grateful for the fantastic turnout and support at this year's Sangamon County Lincoln Day Dinner," said Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, Chair of the Sangamon County Republicans. “A big thank you to everyone involved – volunteers, donors, speakers, and attendees. Your hard work keeps us promoting Republican values in our community."

The event also included awards presentations to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the Republican Party and the local community. The Lowell Fraim Award was presented to Ken Yoggest, precinct committeeman for Capital 7, for his many years of dedicated service to the Party. Additionally, recently retired office manager for the Republican Central Committee, Julie Tarter, was awarded the Sangamon Star award.


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