GOP Hopefuls Bypass the Southland

On primary night, Mitt Romney made it as far south as Wheaton, where he visited with children from the neighborhood. Who was the last GOP presidential candidate to visit the Southland? Tell us and win a Patch t-shirt.

Mitt Romney, awaiting the results of Illinois' Republican presidential primary, stopped in Wheaton for an unpublicized private reception Tuesday night. Romney greeted children and other neighbors who gathered outside waving American flags and chanting “Mitt for President!” as he arrived.

Wheaton Patch editor Charlotte Eriksen caught up with him.

Neighbors said they received notice of the event earlier this week. Romney then headed to Schaumburg for his Illinois election night party. Romney also stopped in Vernon Hills and Rosemont during the campaign. 

, and also visited Lake in the Hills and Palatine. Rick Santorum put in appearances in Arlington Heights and Mundelein.

None of the candidates made it south of Interstate 55, however. Why waste the time in a Dem-heavy stronghold?

At about 8 p.m., Fox News and NBC projected Mitt Romney as the winner of the Illinois GOP primary.

When and where was the last time a Republican presidential candidate made a stop anywhere in the Chicago Southland? The first person with the correct answer in the comments will get a Patch t-shirt.

Sgt. USMC March 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Of course they don't come to the south side. We don't want any mormons here anyway.
Sue Bertram March 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I was in Three Brothers when a team of very serious looking guys came in, locked the doors and told us all we would be staying there for several hours. Nobody in and nobody out and no phone calls. A bit later, in walks GHW Bush and Arnold and entourage. We shared our booth with some nice Secret Service folks and KNEW our boss was not going to believe the reason for our 2.5 hour lunch break. Bush had been at Bloom High School prior to his lunch in Homewood.
Linda Ringl March 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
SGT USMC, I hope that your comment is NOT serious. If you ARE a Marine Sergeant, I would hope you are serving to defend the constitution of the United States, as the oath you took says, which provided freedom of religion. The race is not about religion and that remark is so overtly bigoted it is more than offensive. My brother served as a US Marine for 23 years, he retired an EOD Master rank of Master Sergeant and your opinion would sicken him and that of many other honorable service people.
Sue Bertram March 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Maybe USMC ment "morons"??? Most of us learned in 4th grade that religions are proper nouns and begin with a capital letter. Or, he just missed 4th grade and that would help explain his thought process.
Tom March 24, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The Sgt should make sure his brain is running smoothly before he puts his mouth in gear.
Dean Casper March 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Pat Robertson came to Homewood in the 1988 primary. GWH Bush had a rally at the Mayfield Banquet Hall in Oct 1988
Dean Casper March 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Pat Buchanan had rallies on SW side and attended fundraiser in 92 at Palos CC. I WAS AN ORGANIZER
Tom March 26, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Tony, open your eyes. Dean said SW.


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