State Sen. Michael Connelly, a Republican from Naperville, will be the featured speaker at the Palatine Township Republican Organization's regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the PTRO office, 765 N. Quentin Road in Palatine.

Connelly serves as the assistant minority leader in the state senate, as well as on the insurance committee, criminal law committee, judiciary committee, labor committee, telecommunications & info technology committee and veterans affairs committee, said Aaron Del Mar, Palatine Township Republican committeeman.

The event is free and open to the public.

PTRO also will be holding an endorsement session for the upcoming election on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The session will help the organization decide where to put its campaign efforts and who to support in the upcoming primaries, Del Mar said. New members will be allowed to vote on who the group will support.