MORRIS – In what may be her last stop in Grundy County before election day, Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General Erika Harold stopped by the Morris Country Club Thursday for a fundraiser. In attendance were local Republican elected officials and candidates also on the ballot.
Local State Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, was one of those introducing Harold. He was excited to to introduce her, he said.
“When you look at everything that’s happened in Illinois over the last several decades under Mike Madigan, Lisa Madigan and the Democratic machine, they have brought our state to its knees,” Welter said. “It’s time we rebuild Illinois and turn Illinois around and it’s going to take individuals like Erika Harold standing up for us in the attorney general’s office to do that.”
Tickets for the event were $50 apiece, with sponsor ships ranging from $250 to $5,000. Welter was co-chair of the event along with State. Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris. Rezin was not in attendance because she was at a legislative conference in California at the time, Welter said.
Among the Grundy County officials in attendance were coroner John Callahan, treasurer Lori Werden, circuit clerk Corri Trotter state’s attorney Jason Helland. Helland is also the Republican candidate for Secretary of State.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger was a special guest at the event.
“When I get to Grundy County for an event it’s really like I can relax and I’m at home because I live in Grundy County,” Kinzinger said. “I know so many of you from so long ago ... We joined together and did something big.”
Harold said she was excited about the ad she had finished shooting just before coming to the event. She said it included her grandmother.
“She’s somebody who I’ve had an incredibly close relationship with,” Harold said. “Her story shows the trajectory of where our state is and what we can continues to do as a nation. ... She was born at a time where, she as a woman of color, would not have had the ability to vote and to vote freely. ... But I remember going to see her in February, right before the primary, and she had her absentee ballot ready to go.”
Harold’s grandmother, she said, felt it was important to have someone like her granddaughter run for the top legal post in Illinois, to make sure people are treated fairly.
“It’s easy to feel demoralized about government,” Harold said, “but if you think about the progress we’ve made, it makes you feel inspired.”