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Illinois redistricting - a flawed process - Get ready for the gerrymandering to begin.  In this state, elected officials get to pick their voters, rather than the other way around.  Voters need to become more aware of this, and punish them at the polls.
January 12, 2011 - Neighboring states gleeful over Ill. tax increase
January 12, 2011 - Lawmakers pass income tax hike - Note the $4 billion debt increase in addition to the increase in the personal income tax from 3% to 5%, and the corporate tax rate from 4.8% to 7% (plus 2.5% personal property tax, which raises the effective corporate tax rate further).
January 12, 2011 - Illinois business leaders bristle at planned tax hike - Say good-bye to more investment and jobs.
January 11, 2011 - Illinois Tax hike bill poised for vote and earlier: Revised Illinois tax plan floated to lawmakers
January 11, 2011 - Illinois poised to abolish death penalty - Do you know which Illinois Republicans helped to pass this?  The six Republicans in the Illinois House who voted for repeal of the death penalty during this lame duck session were: Mark Beaubien, Bob Biggins, JoAnn Osmond, Bob Pritchard, Skip Saviano and Ed Sullivan.
January 11, 2011 - Swimming in debt, Ill. considers massive tax boost - Now that the election is over, the Democrats in Springfield are pushing for even larger increases in debt and taxes, with no serious spending reforms in sight.  Note that they allege that the 3% income tax rate is low, but neglect to point out that other taxes are high, such as on property.  Their initial proposal would have given Illinois the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, but they backed off that (for now).  It's a good indication, however, of their mindless spending, debt, and tax increases, which destroy investment and job creation.
November 1, 2010 - Illinois poll shows Joe Walsh (R-IL 8th) and others ahead - We Ask America: As goes Illinois ...
For more on Joe Walsh and the IL 8th race for Congress, refer to the Barrington Tea Party website and the links there, or other local Groups.  That includes reports about Melissa Bean and other Democrats in the IL 8th District.
Don't confuse videos of Joe Walsh (the politician) with Joe Walsh the rock star (of The James Gang, The Eagles)
Video: Finally, a Republican candidate fights back against Democratic abortion fear-mongering - Joe Walsh replies to a recent attack ad direct mail piece by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, IL 8th.
New Joe Walsh campaign video released - challenging Melissa Bean (D - IL 8th) to defend her voting record in public.  A subsequent video challenged her to a public debate: Dear Melissa Bean - Debate Me  Latest: Debate Us, Melissa Bean
January 1, 2011 - Illinois Review: IR readers pick most effective Illinois conservative leaders
November 13, 2010 - Emanuel formally announces run for Chicago mayor
October 30, 2010 - Illinois Democrats woo voters before Obama rally - not like Grant Park on election night 2008
October 19, 2010 - Video -  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie campaigns for Bill Brady
October 15, 2010 - Ill. gov. candidates trade accusations in debate
October 13, 2010 - Jan Schakowsky faces Joel Pollak - full report - on BigGovernment blog
October 12, 2010 - Fight to seize Illinois House from Madigan turns personal Coming soon to a billboard near you
October 7, 2010 - Obama to campaign in Maryland, Illinois - still trying to bail out losers
October 6, 2010 - Even in Chicago, residents wanted more from Obama - Back in town for another fundraiser for losers
October 4, 2010 - AP Interview: Quinn vague on ideas for Ill. future - Does he have a future, other than retirement?
September 29, 2010 - RedState - Looking at Illinois - latest poll results, including one showing the 8th District race (Joe Walsh vs. incumbent Melissa Bean)  Poll data
September 28, 2010 - GOP hopes to win big in Obama's home state of Illinois
September 28, 2010 - Senate bill to tax firms that export jobs fails - It was just a Durbin stunt for election grandstanding.  Say good-bye to Roland Burris in 5 weeks. Then it's Durbin's turn in 2014.
September 28, 2010 - Emanuel decision near; likely to leave White House - Give that man an Asian carp award
September 21, 2010 - GOP candidate fires back over Hitler depiction
Backstage with Glenn Beck at RightNation 2010 - I doubt that any of the 5416 attendees were disappointed.  He's a class act - unlike the few abusive protesters who were brought in by bus from Chicago in a lame attempt to disrupt the evening.

Herman Cain at RightNation 2010 - He gave a rousing speech which even impressed Glenn Beck.  If you haven't seen Herman Cain before, look up some of his prior videos on YouTube, including FoxNews and Tea Party appearances.

Andrew Breitbart Forces President Obama’s Protesters to Fold Up Shop - videos and background on the protesters by Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers, including reported ties by the leaders to the Democratic Socialists of America.  Other than those who arrived by bus as an organized "astroturf" protest group, only one loyal Obama supporter was identified.  She had made the effort to show up on her own initiative as suggested by the DNC website for OFA -- Organizing for America.

Right Nation 2010 rallies conservatives in Obamaland - on Illinois Review.  Check out the Facebook page for the RightNation2010 event for photos.  On Twitter, there were many posts during the event using hashtag #RN2010

September 18, 2010 - Breitbart to RightNation - "We're taking back this country" with video of his speech
September 18, 2010 - Protesters at "anti-hate" rally call Breitbart homosexual, spit on him - A busload from Chicago tried in vain to disrupt the RightNation 2010 conference in the Chicago suburbs, where Glenn Beck was the keynote speaker.  The few dozen protesters soon left after seeking brief media attention, while over 5000 conservatives enjoyed the event.

Further video and commentary by Jim Hoft

September 18, 2010 - Best 5 minutes of my life - Rick Santelli's rant ignited the Tea Party movement
September 17, 2010 - If you needed any more reason to support Adam Kinzinger against Debbie Halvorson, have a look at what her campaign attempted to do recently.  No matter whether you regard yourself as conservative or liberal or in between, there is no excuse for this type of behavior by a member of Congress.  If Nancy Pelosi has any integrity left at all, she will initiate an ethics investigation or censure action.  If Debbie Halvorson had any integrity left, she would resign as a disgrace to her constituents.  The ties to OFA (DNC successor to the Obama campaign) make this latest action even more outrageous, as it clearly disgraces the Democratic Party leadership (which is no small feat, given their disgraceful actions and arrogant contempt of voters).
bullet Dem Congresswoman's supporters participate in "Palin as Hitler" rally
bullet Kinzinger demands answers from Halvorson after Nazi protest
bullet Busted - Debbie Halvorson supporters with Nazi signs at fake protest
bullet Debbie Halvorson goes with the Nazi card - This loser is obviously getting desperate
September 7, 2010 - Chicago Mayor Daley won't run for re-election - Unusual timing for the announcement, during the election season.  Distraction?  Rahm Emanuel is obviously waiting in the wings, as are others, to run for this job.  Maybe Blago will even toss his hat in the ring?
July 12, 2010 - What have prosecutors proved about Blagojevich?  If you liked the Blago tapes, imagine what it would have been like to have a tape of Rahm Emanuel's reaction on the day that Blago was arrested, and during the Obama team's efforts to distance themselves ASAP.  They clearly didn't trust Blago from the start - one of their rare lapses of bad judgment.  They understood Illinois "pay to play" politics. They just were clueless about how to govern.
July 9, 2010 - ShoreBank Fiasco Reveals Rift on the Left, by IL 9th R candidate Joel B. Pollak
July 7, 2010 - Obama bypasses Senate for new Medicare chief - Remember in November!  Later version of the story
July 6, 2010 - WH: Obama filling Medicare post, bypassing Senate - Outrageous!  This raises the urgency of defeating every Democrat possible in November.  This is abuse of power, plain and simple.  July 7, 2010 - Later version of the story.  Michelle Malkin has already commented on it, as has Sarah Palin on Twitter (watch for more via notes on Sarah Palin's Facebook page).  See more background in the Department of Unhealthy & Inhumane Services   Remember this latest atrocity at election time in November!  Joe Walsh has been warning IL 8th voters about this radical appointment with doctors and other experts at local health care town hall forums for months.
July 6, 2010 - Hard times for Ill., but not for governor's staff
July 1, 2010 - Quinn describes deep cuts, says more may be coming
June 30, 2010 - One mom fights the Chicago machine to stay on the ballot - Please do what you can to help her out.  The Joliet Tea Party is doing a rally to support her.
June 26, 2010 - DeMonte report to the ILGOP State Central Committee - on Illinois Review - shortly before Pat Brady pushed her out of the Illinois Coalitions role without explanation.  Do the GOP insiders really want to anger many conservative activists 4 months before an election?  Do they want to prove yet again their unmatched ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
June 24, 2010 - We stopped the ShoreBank bailout: Now for the investigation - blog by Joel Pollak (R candidate, IL 9th) on
June 23, 2010 - Navy exaggerations damage Ill. Senate candidate - Another AP attack on Mark Kirk with no real news content.  Why didn't they pay attention during the primary?  For their next trick, will they start treating Andy Martin's candidacy or others as though they were serious?
June 23, 2010 - Blago trial a distant, unwanted headache for Obama - The national media sure has been trying to bury this story lately.  The rare coverage has been superficial at best.  Of course, the deliberate pre-trial overexposure of Blago provides a pretext to treat it all as old news.
June 23, 2010 - Ill. parolees disappear after being released early - Thanks a lot, Pat Quinn.
June 23, 2010 - On tape, Blago says he wants 'a good gig' for seat - He wanted a new life.  He is going to get more than he bargained for.
June 16, 2010 - Poll: Republicans edge Dems in battle for swing vote
This page links to conservative, independent Tea Party, and Republican websites in Illinois.  Explanation below.

These initial reference lists will grow.  Suggestions are welcome
bulletRepublican incumbents - US Representatives for Illinois
bulletPolitical organizations - PACs, local Republican groups
bullet "Search: Illinois Republican party organizations"
bulletRepublican candidates in Illinois for 2010  (see also: candidates in other states)
bulletThe Illinois primary is February 2, 2010
bullet "Search: Illinois Candidates for Congress" tool for research through the websites of Illinois Republican candidates for the US Senate or House of Representatives.
bullet "Search: Illinois Politics" to search websites and blogs which focus on Illinois political issues and campaigns.  For example, try looking up any of the candidates of interest.
bulletUS House of Representatives candidates for Congress from Illinois districts
bulletUS Senate candidates - to replace Roland Burris (former seat of Obama)
bulletGovernor and statewide office candidates plus General Assembly candidates
bulletConservative talk radio sources about Illinois politics
bulletSources of information - Illinois conservative blogs, etc.
bulletTea Party events and website link
bulletFeb 26 - New Lenox Tea Party - "Done with Debbie" - Adam Kinzinger, 14th District

June 15, 2010 - House ethics panel seeks fundraising info on 8 - Why don't they look into the fundraising of everyone who has been involved in writing this new financial industry regulation?  It seems odd that they are going after the Republicans, but not the Democrats on the committee.

Take a look at OpenSecrets to see how much money has been raised by those who are not being investigated.  At last count (March 31 FEC data) for the 2010 elections, they show roughly $10 million from PACs and $6 million from individuals related to the financial services industry, dwarfing all other sectors.  Then look at the details by member to see where the money is going.  Not much is actually going to the 5 Republicans who are being "investigated".  It's going to the Democrats.

For example, over $400,000 is going to the #2 Democrat on the committee, Melissa Bean (D - IL 8th).  That accounts for roughly one third of her total fundraising, and over half of the PAC money, while individual donors from her affluent hometown add up to less than $40,000.  Since this suburban Chicago district isn't exactly a center of the financial services industry, does that make anybody else wonder that she is getting more PAC money from this industry than Barney Frank, and almost as much in total as Nancy Pelosi?  Who is she representing in Washington?

If this bothers you, consider supporting her opponent, Joe Walsh.  There may be nothing illegal or unethical about it, but voters need to stand up to the hypocrisy about such special interests.

Joe Walsh for US Congress, (R) IL 8th

see this video of Joe Walsh

June 5, 2010 - Ill. Senate race: all insults, all the time - Both candidates are an insult to voters.
June 3, 2010 - Kirk apologizes for misstating military record - What else will come out?  Why did the media show no interest in challenging his service record during the primary?
Vets for Freedom PAC - Operation 10 in 10 endorses Adam Kinzinger for Congress (R - 11th).  He was also endorsed by Sarah Palin.
May 13, 2010 - No IOUs from Ill. government, but no money either - The deadbeat state?
May 6, 2010 - Why Dems are in trouble in Illinois - ad against Alexi Giannoulias for Senate
Republicans deserve Bill Brady's support on SB600  Let voters pick GOP party leaders again.
Quincy Tea Party responded to the visit by Obama to Quincy on Wednesday, April 28.  Check for coverage on

Illinois primary election results from Feb 2 - highlights


Congress - 8th District - Joe Walsh - a Tea Party favorite won 35-25 in a crowded field of candidates   News media and party insiders had favored other candidates, but Joe organized many energetic volunteers who worked very hard to achieve this victory, and will do so again.  There is a very good chance of defeating incumbent Melissa Bean (D) in November.  Please help his campaign!


Congress - 11th District - Adam Kinzinger - won the race to replace incumbent Debbie Halvorson (D).  He had been actively supported by Tea Party and 9/12 groups in the greater Joliet / Will County area.  Once again, this is an important campaign which Tea Party folks can enthusiastically support.


Congress - 10th District - Robert Dold - won the race to replace Mark Kirk in a field of many candidates.  He is also a conservative who should attract strong support to hold this seat in 2010.

Congress - 14th District - Randy Hultgren - surprised many observers by winning the race against Denny Hastert's son Ethan Hastert, for whom Newt Gingrich had done a fundraising appearance.  Several other conservative candidates had dropped out of this race fairly early, which helped Hultgren.  Hopefully the party organization will get the message about how they anoint their friends as candidates.


US Senate:  the RINO party insider and liberal news media favorite Mark Kirk won decisively.  On the Democratic side, he will be up against Obama friend Alexi Giannoulias for the Senate seat previously held by Barack Obama.  Various Tea Party and 9/12 groups had favored Patrick Hughes, who finished second (losing roughly 57% - 19% - not yet final), and conservative Judge Don Lowery, who finished far behind (around 8%).


Illinois Governor - Bill Brady narrowly won the race against Kirk Dillard and former IL GOP chairman Andy McKenna in a crowded field.  At least Andy McKenna lost (after running attack ads against the other leaders, while ducking debates).  There were popular conservative candidates favored by Tea Party groups, such as Dan Proft and Adam Andrzejewski, but they finished far behind, and that just split away conservative votes in this race.  That led to a 20% - 20% - 19% split among the three leaders.  The Democratic race for Governor was also very tight.  Incumbent Pat Quinn won. Republicans have a good chance to win in November, by which time the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will remind voters of his tenure.


Illinois Lt. Governor - Jason Plummer won in a crowded field, and also deserves support in November.
Illinois Comptroller - Judy Baar Topinka won decisively.  Too bad.  Jim Dodge finished third.

Reach out to independent voters in your community before the primary.  Listen to their concerns.  Get organized for the primaries.  Tea Party groups - endorse specific candidatesGet to know your precinct committeeman, and volunteer to help better candidates win in the primary.
Voting by Mail now available to all Illinois voters - This information is provided by the Lake County Clerk, but check with your own county because the same process applies elsewhere in Illinois.  In addition to the early voting process, you can arrange to vote by mail - which is not limited to "absentee" voting.  Suburban Cook County - see absentee voting information McHenry County
Selective recent political news and comments related to Illinois politics
Tax Day Tea Parties - 2010 - see and Tea Party Express, which is planning a bus tour to various events nationwide leading up to a rally in Washington DC on April 15, as promoted at Tax Day Tea Party and by the FreedomWorks PAC and others.  The Tea Party Express tour will be in Springfield on April 5, and in Rockford on April 6. (Davis Park, 329 S. Wyman St at 2:30pm)

As in 2009, local Tea Party and 9/12 groups or tax issue groups are planning many local rallies.

The Chicago Tax Day Tea Party in Federal Plaza (130 S. Dearborn) is at noon on April 15.  There are also plans for volunteers to help promote the rally at suburban and downtown commuter rail stations.  A separate rally is planned from 3-5 pm in Daley Plaza.  There are also rallies in Peoria, Decatur, and other cities.  Check with your local organizers for details.

April 26, 2010 - Beyond The Rallies: The Tea Party Movement Looks to the Future - Fox News Chicago (Channel 32) report includes a few Palatine and Barrington interviews
April 24, 2010 - Candidate for Obama's old US Senate seat undaunted  Isn't it remarkable that, after the problems with Broadway Bank were well-known for months, the FDIC chose to combine the closure of this bank with several others in Illinois so that it looked less newsworthy, and announce it late on a Friday night, when it would typically attract less media attention?

Of course, Giannoulias' friendship with Obama had nothing to do with this - just as we are supposed to believe that the SEC complaint against Goldman Sachs by a 3-2 partisan vote, after months of investigations, just happened to be a coincidence with Obama's push for new financial industry regulatory powers.  Nothing to see here, folks, move along, move along.

April 23, 2010 - FDIC shuts down 7 banks in Illinois 

Feds shut down bank owned by Giannoulias

April 3, 2010 - Democrats stand by candidate for Obama's old seat - Don't Democratic voters have a problem with their party leaders thinking that they know best, and can replace candidates who won their primary?  After all, they try to make sure that only their friends get onto the primary ballot in the first place, and work to make sure that their friends win.  At what point in this process do Democrats have to recognize that voters still have some rights to make their own choices?
March 28, 2010 - Illinois Democrats choose nominee after scandal - Sheila Simon, daughter of Paul Simon, replaces Scott Lee Cohen as the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor.
March 12, 2010 - Quinn wants to borrow nearly $5 billion _ but how?
February 27, 2010 - Unhappy anniversary for Chicago's Tea Party - Comment:  Somebody needs to do a better job of fact-checking articles about Tea Parties before they are published on Breitbart.
February 18, 2010 - Study: States must fill $1 trillion pension gap - Comment:  Illinois was rated one of the worst.  Could there be a correlation to Democratic legislatures and government union deals?  Note that this just estimates state problems - not county and local - before the market collapsed.
February 17, 2010 - Illinois Republicans see unique chance for victory -  Comment:  What is the party organization actually doing to achieve victory in 2010, rather than just talk about the chance of it?   If they do achieve victory, such as by voters holding their noses again and voting for Kirk as the lesser of evils, what can we expect of them? Will they misinterpret that victory as a mandate for RINOs to reach across the aisle and work with their progressive friends on more big government ideas?
February 15, 2010 - Emperor has no clothes: Pensions are short cash - Comment:  Terry Savage explains in the Chicago Sun-Times her analysis of Illinois being broke, even though the politicians in Springfield are still trying to conceal that reality from voters.

"If you would like to see more facts and figures, check out the Web site , created by the nonpartisan Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. A visit to the site shows a few pictures that are worth a thousand words -- and billions of dollars."

February 8, 2010 - Dem. lieutenant governor candidate exits Ill. race - Comment:  Aren't allegations of improper conduct a litmus test issue to even qualify for the Democratic primary?  In any case, it sure didn't take long for the party leaders to smear Cohen as soon as he won by surprise.
February 4-6, 2010 - Did you miss the first National Tea Party Convention in Nashville?  If so, links to coverage of the event are shared at the above.  Sarah Palin was the featured keynote speaker at this event arranged by Tea Party Nation .  Event info at
February 3, 2010 - Ill. gov. declares victory, challenger vows fight - Comment:  Note the low turnout among Democrats relative to past elections.  The real news was in the Republican primary, including Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh winning the IL 8th race for Congress in a crowded field, Adam Kinzinger winning IL 11th with Tea Party supporters in the Joliet / Will County area, and Randy Hultgren surprising Ethan Hastert (Denny's son) in the IL 14th.
January 27, 2010 - The Marxist roots of Obama's economic 'pivot' - Comment:  Interesting blog post on by Joel B. Pollak, Republican candidate for Congress in the IL 9th District.

Republicans should laugh like a sitcom laugh-track, rather than shout "You lie!", during the State of Delusion address tonight. Get Obama off script and angry by showing that nobody is taking his rhetoric seriously now. Don't be the "party of no". Be the party of "Are you kidding?" Laugh at the insanity of his proposals.  Then, pull a classic Reagan move, as with Gorbachev. Smile and say, "Let me tell you why we don't trust you."

January 21, 2010 - Illinois to receive $6 million for green jobs - Partisan pork?  Look into where the money goes through DCEO.  Similarly, on November 26, 2009, Melissa Bean took credit for helping to steer $2.47 million in grants to McHenry County government for "green projects" in government buildings out of the "stimulus bill".  These are just a couple of examples.
January 5, 2010  Joliet Tea Party event with conservative Senate candidate Patrick Hughes.  At this event, they also announced the launch of the Illinois Tea Party Alliance
December 25, 2009 - Cut the Power of the Family Courts - Comment:  Interesting article by Phyllis Schlafly about the intrusion of family court judges and "experts" on parental rights.

Senator John McCain has sent out an e-mail in Illinois to strongly endorse the Senate campaign of Mark Kirk.  If that didn't give you reason enough to vote against Kirk yet, check out sites such as Champion News, or use our new Search: Illinois Politics tool to look up what others are saying about Kirk.

Call McCain's office and tell him to butt out of Illinois politics since he is obviously clueless about how to win elections in this state.  Kick Mark Kirk to the curb

December 15, 2009 -  Illinois town welcomes plan to house Gitmo detainees - Comment:  Maybe somebody should talk about the dismal business environment in Illinois which makes even the opening of a federal prison facility for terrorists seem attractive to unemployed residents.  At least now they can feed the town off the federal trough like everyone else who supports the job creation plans of liberals.
December 15, 2009 - Illinois prison to get Gitmo detainees - Comment:  Merry Christmas.  Welcome to Gitmo on the Mississippi  Is anybody thinking about the potential targets in the area?
December 15, 2009 - AP sources: Ill. prison to get Gitmo detainees - Comment:  Mary Landrieu gets $300 million, while Dick Durbin delivers Guantanamo terrorists to Illinois as his idea of job creation.
December 14, 2009 - Kick Mark Kirk to the curb - a Republican only a Democrat could love
December 11, 2009 - Memo may point to IL as site for Gitmo detainees - Comment:  Can we make it a condition that all Illinois politicians who are convicted will get sent to the same facility in the future?  That should assure long-term job security in Marion even if we stop capturing and convicting terrorists.
December 10, 2010 - Hopeful for Obama seat changes tune - Comment: AP story treating Mark Kirk as though he was the only Republican candidate for Senator, rather than one of many.  It calls attention to some aspects of his voting record which do not appeal to conservative Republicans.
December 9, 2009 - Illinois 11th Congressional District and US Senate candidates forum at the Holiday Inn Joliet (411 S. Larkin) from 6 - 9:30pm in the Louis Joliet Ballroom.  Free, with cash bar.  For details and to register, see

Don't forget - if Mark Kirk has the nerve to show up - to ask him about why he has now reversed his opposition to having Guantanamo prisoners transferred to Thomson after initially seizing the chance to get some free media publicity by pretending to be standing up to the administration.  Now he claims to be a realist on the premise that it is a done deal already, and thus pointless for him to oppose it.  There is more honor among thieves in Chicago than among politicians.  Send Mark Kirk a dead fish.

December 3, 2009 - Melissa Bean on Neil Cavuto's show on Fox Business, trying to explain why she thinks the government should have the preemptive authority to break up companies.  This is just one of many examples why we need to replace Melissa Bean in the IL 8th District.  Go Joe Walsh!

November 24, 2009 - Illinois Democrats: Keeping Obama Senate seat not easy - Comment:  We certainly hope it won't be easy.  Note that the AP is still only talking about Mark Kirk - who is obviously their own liberal RINO favorite among the many Republican candidates.  If he wins the primary, that would make it much easier for the Democrats to hold the seat.  Is that the deal?  He still hasn't really explained why he voted in favor of the cap and trade legislation, among other atrocities.
November 20, 2009 - Ethics committee: No punishment for Burris - Comment: Of course, the timing of this decision is unrelated to getting his vote on the health care legislation this Saturday.  Mary Landrieu got $300 million for Louisiana.  What did others get? Burris got off the hook in another Friday night surprise while attention was elsewhere.  As Glenn Beck says, watch the other hand ...
November 20, 2009 - Illinois 8th Congressional District candidates forum at McHenry County Community College conference center (building B) on Rt. 14 north of Crystal Lake starting at 6:30pm.  Republican primary (Feb 2, 2010) candidates at this event are expected to include Dirk Beveridge, John Dawson, Christopher Geissler, Maria Rodriguez, Joe Walsh and Greg Jacobs.  They will be running against Melissa Bean, who also faces a Democratic primary challenger, Jonathan Farnick (see his 2007 comments), as well as a Green Party candidate, Bill Scheurer, who ran against Bean twice previously.

For event details, see the Patriots United website as one of the co-sponsors.

November 18, 2009 - Gitmo North - Investors Business Daily article about the proposed transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to the Thomson prison facility in Illinois.
November 15, 2009 - Lawmakers discuss plan for Gitmo inmates in Illinois - Comment:  Don't we need to keep that idle prison capacity available for the isolation of corrupt Illinois politicians?
One Year Notice : Melissa Bean - (IL 8th District, US House of Representatives) - on Saturday, November 7 to express concern about her votes on the stimulus, cap and trade, health care, etc. and get organized in preparation for her unemployment after 2010.  For more information, see Corrupted Politics, or Palatine Tea Party.  There were similar rallies elsewhere in the country on November 7, such as in Nashville TN and in downtown Chicago as the one year countdown starts to the 2010 election.
November 5, 2009 - Illinois GOP to host gubernatorial debate - This GOP fundraiser attracted only around 200 people, and all questions were screened in advance to avoid any difficult ones from voters.
November 4, 2009 - Tea Party Gubernatorial Forum organized by the Joliet Tax Day Tea Party with confirmed candidates Adam Andrzejewski, Dan Proft, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, and Bob Shillerstrom.  This was a free town hall style event.  Andy McKenna and Jim Ryan didn't show up to face the estimated 1200 voters there.

VIDEO COVERAGE of the Forum - see  - hosted by the Joliet Tea Party, Will County Tea Party Alliance, and Homer/Lockport Tea Party.  Congratulations!

November 1, 2009 - GOP ex-candidate endorses Democrat in NY race - Comment:  So much for the party loyalty which Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich were so worried about when they supported her.  We shall soon see whose endorsement carries more weight with voters in the NY 23rd district.

Perhaps Republican leaders will finally wake up before making such endorsements for 2010 primaries.  We have a similar problem in Illinois with the Mark Kirk campaign as a liberal Republican candidate for US Senator to replace Roland Burris.  Hopefully voters will not follow party leadership in their support of his campaign, in which case the February 2 primary in Illinois may help to change "the Chicago way" of deals among party leaders who are out of touch with voters and play power games with other people's money.

Newt Gingrich is in damage control mode now - endorsing Hoffman, and "deeply disappointed" with Dede.  Perhaps he would like to encourage Illinois Republican Party leaders to endorse Senate Bill 600 in the Illinois legislature so that Illinois Republican voters can finally pick their party leaders directly?

Conservative Committeeman Project -  "Let's take our country back one precinct at a time."  Explains how to run for this volunteer office.  Note that the Illinois Republican Renaissance Project associated with the Sunday morning talk radio show of Champion News Network has been encouraging conservative Republicans to do this for a long time.  Many such positions are vacant and uncontested, so this is a way to get more actively involved.
Congratulations to Rio de Janeiro for winning the 2016 Olympics.  Chicago put together a good bid.  As much as one may detest Obama and his policies or his friends here, this was never about him.
Friends of ACORN?  Dick Durbin and Roland Burris were 2 of only 7 Senators who voted against cutting off funding to ACORN after the controversy exposed at and on Fox News.
Push back against SEIU and AFSCME union organizing efforts among private home caregivers in Illinois.  Governor Quinn has shamefully approved of this effort through a recent executive order.

See this Alliance for Worker Freedom update about this latest outrage in Springfield politics.

See background about the debate over Obama's September 8 speech to children in school.
Illinois Review article - If Illinois Republicans want to win, it's time to respect the voters.  Amen.
September 3, 2009 - report from the Melissa Bean meeting with the Chamber in Lake Zurich  For more information, refer to
Thanks to everyone who helped to thwart the efforts of people like this pro-Obama organizer to shout down people in the 9th District who wanted to actually question Jan Schakowsky about health care.

There were a lot of people there.  Favorite photo - Note the Mark Levin book in the foreground, and the sign in the background: "You can't kill us all by 2010. Vote 'em out!"

Trying to find a health care town hall by a member of Congress in the Chicago area?  Try looking up a meeting by Jan Schakowsky (D - 9th) at Niles West High School on August 31st at 6:30 PM.  Illinois Review posted a list of town hall meetings as of August 7 Tea Party Patriots has also been maintaining a useful national list of health care town hall events for reference.  It seems that many members of Congress are keeping a pretty low profile in their districts this August.
August 28, 2009 - Counter-protest in Joliet - as Organizing for America stages a rally to pressure Rep. Debbie Halvorson to support the health care bill, the Joliet Tea Party folks are planning to be there.

Congresswoman Halvorson's Office

Two Rialto Square, 116 N. Chicago Street Suite 401, Joliet, IL 60432

Friday, August 28,  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  (details are not posted on their website at this time)


Be aware that similar events are being staged by Obama supporters elsewhere - not as open town halls where they might face criticism, but as controlled "astroturf" events to create the illusion of public support.

August 25, 2009 - Health care is hot topic for talks - Kirk's town hall is so packed that a 2nd session was added -  Chicago Tribune coverage of the Mark Kirk town hall in Arlington Heights.

August 24, 2009 - ABC News Chicago - Kirk holds health care reform debate - see their news video, including the observation that this seemed to be a warm-up for media coverage of his Senate campaign.

August 23, 2009 - Daily Herald - Kirk hosting town hall meeting today - note the last line about an August 31 event in Skokie by Rep .Jan Schakowsky.  The story has attracted lots of comments.  Note the huge turnout despite the short notice for an event at 3pm on a workday.  Maybe they still remember his cap and trade vote, even though he has kept a lower profile than usual after that move.  See the video and photo images from the Mark Kirk town hall meeting.

August 22, 2009 - Daily Herald - video from the Recess Rally at Melissa Bean's office in Schaumburg.

August 24, 2009 - Daily Herald interview with the new GOP chairman for Illinois, Pat Brady.  He already seems to be endorsing Mark Kirk in the belief that he will win.  That's the stated priority - not principles.

Republican candidate campaign websites in Illinois - we welcome additions to the list, and are in the process of researching a new feature to profile 2010 candidates for Congress in all states.
July 9, 2009 - AP Sources: Burris won't run for full Senate term
New - on Tea Party Nation - the Illinois 8th Congressional District group - for those who don't think that Melissa Bean is the best Rep for this district, and want to do something to replace her in the 2010 election.  If you are in the district and share this point of view, please join the group.  For those in other districts, please consider creating similar groups to start organizing for 2010 now.

Here's an interesting recent lawsuit against one of her major donors.  Is anybody else bothered by the $800,000+ in out of state contributions to her campaigns?  It seems remarkable that she has been able to raise $3 - $4 million in 2006 and 2008 to defend this previously Republican seat.  Her top donor has been the pro-choice Democratic PAC Emily's List, plus various labor unions.  Is she really representing this district in DC, or serving the Democratic Party as a fairly reliable vote?

This is not a 529, PAC, or a promotional organization for any candidate.  The idea is simply to foster social networking among individuals who want to do something to replace Melissa Bean in 2010.

Please, somebody do the same to help remove Mark Kirk - who voted for the cap and trade bill!

New groups have been set up on Tea Party Nation for Lake County, IL and Cook County, IL.  Those in other Illinois counties are encouraged to do the same thing to organize now and for 2010.
June 1, 2009 - AP Exclusive: Blago talked to Durbin about Senate - Comment:  Dick Durbin tries to avoid being perceived later as having done anything improper in his Blagojevich contact.
June 1, 2009 - Blagojevich could get spring 2010 trial - Comment:  A three month trial starting in April - June 2010 - just in time for the election cycle.  That should help to remind voters ...
June 1, 2009 - Burris is an outcast in clubby Senate - Comment:  Surprise, surprise.  He still receives "warm welcomes" in Illinois because "several dozen supporters" greeted him last week, such as a longtime friend who is still willing to go on the record as shaking his hand in public?
May 26, 2009 - Roadside blast kills 3 Americans in western Iraq - Comment: We express our sincere condolences to the Chicago area family of State Department official Terry Barnich who was killed in Fallujah, as we do for all others who have defended our interests around the world.
May 26, 2009 - Burris pleads on taped call for Senate appointment - Comment:  Will the US Senate do anything about this?  Don't bet on it.  Illinois voters will have to fire him in 2010.
Barrington, IL - May 25 - Memorial Day Celebration - Thank you to the many who stood up with our veterans.  Background.  Support the Barrington VFW Post 7706 as well as other veterans groups, and their many acts of community service over the years.
Marine Week Chicago - May 11-17   Welcome the US Marines.  See Facebook page and Twitter.
Illinois Review reported on the recent "Sammies Awards" by the Sam Adams Alliance.  These basically recognize citizen activism in support of individual liberty and freedom.  Here's more coverage.
Champion News Network had several commentaries related to the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party and the Tea Party movement in general. including this one by Nancy J. Thorner and another by John Biver   There was also this interesting prior commentary about taking back the Illinois GOP as conservatives, as well as suggestions about who to contact in the GOP at the local level in Illinois .
Champion News Network talked a lot about the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party and some of the problems with the Illinois Republicans on their 8AM Sunday morning radio show on Chicago's 560 AM WIND.  This includes a challenge to Andy McKenna, who had the temerity to characterize the Tea Party participants as "insurgents".  The liberals, including the RINOs, are the insurgents who keep trying to expand their own power.  We're pushing back against those insurgents.  That includes bringing reform to the Republican Party in Illinois and elsewhere by finding new leaders.
Peoria!  See this post about Rep. Jan Schakowsky appearing in Peoria on May 3.  She chose to insult the hundreds of thousands of Americans at the Tea Parties.  See this background, and her quotes in The Hill's Blog calling the Tea Parties "despicable and shameful".  Look in the mirror!
Make a note of the idiotic comments of Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) about the Chicago Tax Day Tea party - and remember her opinion of you on election day.  She richly deserves obscurity.  Let the arrogant Democratic politicians from Illinois criticize us as much as they want.  Just remember it in 2010.
Illinois Republican Party elected officials official websites (see campaign websites)
US Senator Mark Kirk - Chicago office 312-886-3506  Washington DC office 202-224-2854
US Representative Peter Roskam (IL 6th) 

US Representative Joe Walsh (IL 8th) pending
US Representative Robert Dold (IL 10th) pending
US Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL 11th) pending
US Representative Judy Biggert (IL 13th)

US Representative Randy Hultgrent (IL 14th) pending
US Representative Timothy V. Johnson (IL 15th)

US Representative Don Manzullo (IL 16th)

US Representative Bobby Schilling (IL 17th) pending
US Representative Aaron Schock (IL 18th)

US Representative John Shimkus (IL 19th)

IL political organizations - party, PAC's, etc. for national, see Conservative Links
Illinois Republican Party

List of announced candidates
Republican Assembly of Illinois
Illinois Republican Assembly (new site - May 2009)
Illinois Senate Republican Caucus
Illinois House Republican Organization
Illinois Federation of Republican Women
Republican Young Professionals - Illinois
Federation of Illinois Young Republicans
Chicago Republican Women's Network 
Chicago Young Republicans 
Chicago Republican Party
Cook County Republican Party
Schaumburg Township Republican Organization
Republicans of Wheeling Township   see Facebook page
Palatine Township Republicans / TOPPER
Kane County Young Republicans
DuPage County, Illinois Republicans
Lake County Republican Party Central Committee
Republican Assembly of Lake County - RALC
Lake County, Illinois Republican Federation
Lake County Right to Life, Grayslake IL
Vernon Township Republican Central Committee Facebook page 
Waukegan Township Republican Organization - WTRO
Kane County Republican Party Central Committee
Rutland Township Republicans social networking site - Gilberts, Pingree Grove
Will County Republican Central Committee
McHenry County, Illinois Republican Office, Crystal Lake, IL
Kendall County Republicans Central Committee
Kendall County Republican Women www.kcrwillinois.or
Rock Island, Illinois County Republicans
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee, Springfield, IL
Champaign County, Illinois Republican Party
Adams County Republican Central Committee (Quincy, IL)
McLean County Illinois Republicans
The Monroe County Republican Party - Central Committee
Peoria County Republican Central Committee
The Republican Party of Tazewell County, IL
Williamson County Republican Central Committee
Effingham County Republicans
Shelby County Republicans
Madison County Illinois Republicans
Campaign-related websites in Illinois Republican candidates for 2010
see also list of Illinois Republican candidates on the state Republican Party website Volunteers and donors are urgently needed by campaigns.  Please actively support candidates.
Republican US Representative candidates to replace Melissa Bean (D- IL 8th)
bullet"On The Issues" - Bean voting record
Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
Joe Walsh for US Congress - (R) IL 8th
Chris Geissler for US Congress - IL 8th

Maria Rodriguez for U.S. Congress - IL 8th
Dirk Beveridge for Congress
John Dawson for U.S. Congress - IL 8th - candidate
Gregory S. Jacobs for U.S. Congress - IL 8th Facebook page
US Representative candidates for Illinois Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
Rev. Isaac C. Hayes for US Congress - IL 2nd 
Republican candidate for the Illinois 3rd Congressional District against incumbent Daniel Lipinski (D) Michael A. Bendas for US Congress (R- IL 3rd)
Republican candidate for the Illinois 5th against incumbent Mike Quigley (D - IL 5th)
bullet David Ratowitz for Congress IL 5th (R)
Republican candidates for the Illinois 7th Congressional District against incumbent Danny K. Davis (D - IL 7th) - who faced many Democratic primary challengers Mark M. Weiman for Congress IL 7th (R)
Republican candidates for the Illinois 9th Congressional District against incumbent Jan Schakowsky (D - IL 9th).

She has been a leading Obama supporter, and called the Tea Party attendees "despicable".  Her supporters have also tried to intimidate and shout down critics. Glenn Beck has exposed the influence of her husband Robert Creamer and his "prison plan" for health care.

bullet Joel Barry Pollak for US Congress IL 9th


Candidates to replace Mark Kirk - IL 10th Republican candidates for the Illinois 10th Congressional District to replace Mark Kirk
bullet Robert Dold for Congress IL 10th (R)
Republican candidate for IL 11th to replace incumbent US Representative Debbie Halvorson (D - IL 11th) Adam Kinzinger for U.S. Congress - IL 11th
Republican candidates for the Illinois 12th Congressional District to replace incumbent US Representative Jerry F. Costello (D-IL 12th) Teri Davis Newman for U.S. Congress IL 12th
Republican candidate for the Illinois 14th Congressional District to replace incumbent Bill Foster (D - IL 14th)
bullet Randy Hultgren for US Congress IL 14th
Tim Johnson for Congress IL 15th  (R) incumbent
Republican candidates for the Illinois 17th Congressional District to replace incumbent  Phil Hare (D - IL 17th) Bobby Schilling for US Congress IL 17th


Republican candidates for the Illinois 19th Congressional District - the incumbent John Shimkus had a Republican primary challenger John Shimkus for Congress IL 19th (R)
Illinois US Senator - to replace Roland Burris Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
Mark Kirk for US Senate, IL 2010  
bulletRecent AP article critical of Kirk
bullet"On the Issues" voting record

see his liberal voting record

Illinois US Senator - to replace Dick Durbin organizing now for 2014 election campaign
William J. Lee - already preparing a campaign to run against U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) in 2014.
Illinois Governor - to replace Pat Quinn Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
WTTW forum for Illinois Governor candidates on January 26 - Andy McKenna didn't show up  
Bill Brady for Illinois Governor
Kirk Dillard for Illinois Governor
Adam Andrzejewski for Illinois Governor
bullet Rush Limbaugh commentary
bullet Lech Walesa speech in Chicago
bullet Criticism of Kirk Dillard's record  - lost the primary despite enthusiastic support from some Tea Party groups
Illinois Lt. Governor candidates Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
Jason Plummer for Lt. Governor
Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy - ran with Andy McKenna
Other Illinois state government candidates Republican candidates for Feb 2, 2010 primary
For other positions, refer to the Illinois State Board of Elections website Candidate filing search for Feb 2, 2010 primary
Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois Comptroller  - won primary
Jim Dodge for Illinois Comptroller
bullet promotional video  lost, unfortunately
Dan Rutherford for Illinois Treasurer
Robert Enriquez for Illinois Secretary of State
Steve Kim for Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Senate Republican Campaign Committee
Phil Collins for State Representative 17th District Facebook page
Matt Burden - candidate for the Illinois General Assembly 41st District - see also Blackfive blog
Ed Sullivan Jr. for the Illinois General Assembly 51st District State Representative
Sidney Mathias - incumbent for the Illinois General Assembly 53rd District State Representative
Thomas R. "Tom" Morrison for the Illinois General Assembly 54th District  - from Palatine, running against Suzie Bassi
Dan Sugrue - Republican for Illinois General Assembly State Representative in the 59th District
Paul Mitchell - candidate for Illinois General Assembly, 62nd District - refer also to Thoughts of a Regular Guy - Paul Mitchell blog

where there is also a Facebook page link.

Paul Mitchell is also on the list of Illinois 9/12 Candidates

He is running against incumbent Sandy Cole, who he has characterized as a RINO

Other local candidates  
Reform Cook County - hosted by Commissioner Tony Peraica - who was at the Chicago Tea Party
Defeated in 2009 running again in 2010 primary
Illinois Review - Chicago Tea Party starts to simmer - coverage of the 2/27/09 protest
Corrupted Politics - note 8th District IL coverage (against Melissa Bean)
The Heartland Institute
FreedomWorks Illinois Chapter  
National Taxpayers United of Illinois - Illinois' largest anti-tax group daily Republican news links maintained by David John Diersen
The Official Chicago Tea Party website was originally set up for July 4, 2009 plans.
Talk radio, blogs and other websites of potential interest to Illinois conservatives
Conservative talk radio programs in Chicago - WLS 890   and  Chicago's 560 AM WIND
Champion News Network - Illinois talk radio and the Illinois Republican Renaissance Project (PAC).  Note that they have been very critical of many of the Illinois Republicans in Springfield, and their leaders, and how Republican candidates have been selected in recent years.  In short, they aren't just attacking the Democrats.  They are holding Republican officials in Illinois to account, too.  Their focus is primarily on Illinois state and local performance, rather than political developments in Washington.

Two recent suggestions from their February 22, 2009 broadcast and website articles are worth noting.

One is the creation of a new "Committee of 100" among business leaders and major Republican donors to push for reforms to the party in Illinois, rather than to keep giving money to the same old leaders.

A second is for Republican voters to visit the websites of the party in other states to compare what they are doing, including how they are actively engaging voters at the grassroots level.  Our Surge by State tools make it easy to do that, as do the links at the national GOP website,

Tom Roeser blog -  - see also Republican Assembly of Illinois
Patriot's Heart Network has been broadcasting public conference calls to support the planning of local events such as the Tax Day Tea Party protests in cities nationwide on April 15, 2009.
Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass offers some useful insights into Chicago and Illinois politics
Blogs and other sources of information about conservative politics in Illinois
Chicago News Bench
Red County - Cook County blog - greater Chicago area - coverage has included the Tea Party
Red County - McLean County blog - Bloomington Normal area
United Republican Fund of Illinois
Sam Adams Alliance - Chicago
Team America 10th District Blog -
Real Clear Politics - opinion, news, analysis, polls, videos, blogs - national, based in Chicago
Founding Bloggers
The Intolerant Fox
Illinois Chronicle blog -
Illinois Crime and Politics blog -
Cao's Blog -  - includes commentary on national and Illinois political issues
Cook County Blog -
McHenry County blog - by Cal Skinner
Illini Pundit blog - 
Marathon Pundit blog  by John Ruberry of Morton Grove, IL
Thoughts of a Regular Guy - Paul Mitchell blog  see also candidate links above - running for Illinois General Assembly, 62nd District 
Backyard Conservative blog - Wilmettte, IL (Lake County)
Un-Liberaled Woman blog
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality -
Illinois Pro Second Amendment Resolution - county gun right resolutions
Right Wing Nut House - blog by Rick Moran
Illinois Family Institute - pro-family, Christian advocacy website with many related links
Illinois Fair Tax -
Midwest Conservatives - refer now to Elgin 54th Precinct
Reclaim Illinois - Patrick Beaird
Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois
Illinois on BallotPedia  (not just conservative)
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Tea Party movement online social networking non-partisan local conservative activism
Illinois Tea Party Alliance
Tea Party Nation - Tea Party Book Club (national)
Tea  Party Patriots - Illinois
Tea Party Nation - Illinois
FreedomWorks Social Mobilization Portal - Illinois
TCU Nation - Illinois Conservatives
Tea Party Nation - Illinois - Cook County
Tea Party Nation - Illinois - Lake County
Alton, IL Tea Party
Aurora Tea Patriots, Aurora IL
Tea Party Nation - Illinois Lake County Cuba Township Precinct 72 - North Barrington, Lake Barrington area
Riverbend 9-12 Project Group, Bethalto IL - Madison County
Tea Party Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Bloomington Area 912 Project Meetup Group
Champaign Tea Party
Chicago Conservatives Political Action Group
The Chicago Tea Party - Meetup group
Chicago Tea Patriots
Cook County Tea Party (new site - see events)
Patriots United - Crystal Lake, IL Tea Party
Decatur IL Tea Party - Restore Our Constitution
Dixon Tea Party - Sauk Valley Tea Party, Dixon IL
Northern Illinois Patriots, Gurnee IL
Homer / Lockport Tea Party
New Lenox Tea Party / Lincolnway Tea Party
Joliet Tea Party
Lake County - The 9-12 Patriots Northern Illinois
McHenry County Tea Party
Naperville Tea Party Patriots
Palatine Tea Party
Heart of Illinois 9-12 Project, Peoria IL

MeetUp group

Quincy Tea Party, Quincy IL
Rockford Tea Party   Facebook
Rockford 9-12 Project
Roscoe, IL - Northern Illinois GOOOH - Get Out of Our House
Central Illinois 9/12 Project Group, Springfield IL
The 9-12 Project St. Charles IL
The 912 Patriots
Re-Tea Party Chicago (from July 4, 2009 event)
Algonquin TEA Party group website not identified
West Dundee Illinois Tea Party Patriots website not identified
see other Tea Party links below from past events  
Republican Party online social networking county, precinct-level organization, feedback
Cook County
Lake County
Lake County - Cuba Township, Precinct 72
other county and precinct groups may be added this list remains under research / development
October 16-17, 2009 - Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?  List of nationwide protests outside of the local offices of "main stream media" affiliates. (i.e., left fringe media)  Facebook page.

In Chicago - outside ABC News and CBS on Friday, October 16.  See Chicago Tea Party Patriots website for the latest details, including another event planned for Saturday.

Refer also to Illinois Tea for other action suggestions.  Patriots Heart Network covers many of the Tea Party events.  See their 9/12 March on DC coverage Support them.

September 8, 2009 - Tea Party Express video from Fox News in New Lenox, IL (Joliet area)

September 2009 - There were Tea Party Express protests en route to Washington DC for 9/12/09.

It attracted an estimated 10,000 people in the Joliet area at New Lenox.

bulletSee the Joliet Tea Party website for more information at
bullet Photo of the New Lenox Tea Party Express rally (Joliet area / Will County) on Instapundit
bulletNewsBusters - Chicago Tribune ignores thousands at Tea Party Express protest
bulletSee Illinois Tea Party Patriots list of upcoming events
Peoria, IL July 17 Health Care Freedom Rally - see Tea Party Patriots Illinois list of Tea Party rallies
Independence Day Tea Party on July 4
bullet Illinois July 4th Tea Party list - updates at Tea Party Patriots
bulletChicago July 4 Independence Day Tea Party -  Chicago July 4 Tea Party MeetUp group
bulletnoon to 4pm in Gateway Park at Navy Pier on July 4th
bullet Chicago ReTeaParty page or press release
bullet Arlington Heights, IL  July 4th Parade Float
bullet Bloomington, IL July 4th Tea Party Freedom Rally
bullet Carbondale, IL Patriots Rally on July 4th
bullet Carpentersville, IL July 4 Tail Gate TEA Party  see Tea Party Patriots list above
bullet Champaign, IL East Central Illinois Independence Day Tea Party on July 5th -

see Tea Party Patriots list above or


Crystal Lake, IL Tea Party on July 4th


Dixon, IL Tea Party on July 4th  see Tea Party Patriots list above


Elgin, IL 4th of July Parade  see Tea Party Patriots list above


Flora, IL Clay County Tea Party on July 4th   see Tea Party Patriots list above


Harrisburg, IL TEA Party on July 4th   

bulletJoliet, IL  Freedom Rally & Concert -  July 4th, 12pm to 3pm - Pathway Field, 19554 NW Frontage Rd,  Shorewood, IL 60404
bulletLisle, IL Suburban Tea Party - 4th of July Tea Party  - 
bulletMt. Vernon IL Independence Day Tea Party -
bullet Palatine, IL Tea Party on July 4th
bullet Quincy, IL Tea Party Freedom Celebration on July 4th
bulletRockford, IL Tea Party on July 4th
bulletShorewood, IL - see Joliet, above
bulletUrbana, IL 4th of July Champaign County Parade and July 5th East Central Illinois Tea Party
bulletVandalia, IL Freedom Fest on July 4th  Facebook event page or Tea Party Patriots list above
bulletWest Peoria, IL 4th of July parade  see Tea Party Patriots list above
Batavia IL - May 15 Tea Party in front of Fosters office - see
Chicago, IL Tax Day Tea Party photos and links
The Chicago Tribune reported on various Tax Day Tea Parties in the Chicago region
Wow!  The Chicago Tea Party grew from around 500 participants on February 27 (organized in just one week) to an estimated 6,000 - 10,000 for the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party on April 15.  This was supported by the presence of WLS talk radio personality Mancow as well as Jonathan Hoenig ("Capitalist Pig") and other speakers.  The large plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building was packed.  We'll need an even larger venue for the Independence Day Tea Party on July 4!

Links to Tax Day Tea Party news, photos, videos, and blog reports will be shared here soon.

The Young Republicans also held a separate Tea Party event at Navy Pier, which probably attracted about 250 people, with 150 on the Tall Ship "Windy" for the tea-tossing ceremony and speeches by various Republican politicians talking to their supporters, including Andy McKenna.  Contrast that to the Federal Plaza - which was about thousands of individuals telling their politicians what they think.
Founding Bloggers has posted some photos from the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party.  They also published a video rebuttal to the biased CNN coverage of the protest.
The Intolerant Fox has posted photos and comments from the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party
Un-Liberaled Woman shared some photos from the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party.
Striderweb has published some Chicago Tax Day Tea Party photos
Here are some more photos from the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party on Flickr
Tax Day Tea Party protests were held in many cities on April 15.  These were locally organized through online and personal networking.
bulletAlgonquin, IL - April 15 at noon - Cornish Park opposite Port Edward's, under clock tower
bulletBloomington, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletCarbondale, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletCartersville, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletCary, IL Coffee Station Tea Party - April 15 from 3-6pm at the Metra tracks
bulletChampaign-Urbana, IL Tax Day Tea Party - April 15 - 12-3pm West Side Park, 400 University Ave.
bullet Chicago, IL Tax Day Tea Party protest on April 15 - the venue this time is the Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza at 230 S. Dearborn from 12 - 2pm - not Daley Plaza as in February, or Millennium Park as some had discussed earlier as a potential venue.
bulletCrystal Lake, IL - April 15 at noon - SE corner of Rt. 14 and Main by Home State Bank
bulletDixon, IL - April 15 from 5-6pm at the bandshell on the river by the high school
bulletEffingham, IL - April 15  6-7pm - pavilions at Lake Sara Beach beyond Cardinal Golf Course
bulletFlora, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletGeneva, IL / Kane County Tax Day Tea Party
bulletHarrisburg, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletHerrin, iL Tax Day Tea Party
bullet Joliet, IL - Will County Tax Day Tea Party protest on April 15
bullet Lisle, IL Tax Day Tea Party protest on April 15, 12-2pm  Community Park
bulletMarion, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bulletMoline, IL - April 15 from 4-6 pm at 2001 52nd Ave.
bulletNaperville, IL - April 15 at City Hall, 400 S. Eagle St. - time not yet reported
bulletNauvoo, IL - April 15 at noon - outside City Hall, east side of Mormon Temple
bulletOswego, IL / Kendall County - April 15 at 5:30pm - Hudson Crossing Pedestrian Bridge over the Fox River (Along Route 34 at Washington and Harrison)
bulletPeoria, IL - April 15 at 11am - 2pm, meet downtown at Peoria Public Library, corner of SW Hamilton and Monroe.  Then start at the Federal Courthouse across the street and move on down to the Peoria County Courthouse.  See also Campaign for Liberty list for Illinois.
bulletQuincy, IL Tax Day Tea Party
bullet Rockford, IL - April 14 from 1:00 - 3:30pm at the Rockford Public Library - and another is reported on April 15 from 12 - 2pm at Sinnissippi Park by the iron sculpture at Rock River
bulletSpringfield, IL - April 15 from 11:30 - noon at the Capitol Building, 2nd and Capitol
bulletVandalia, IL - April 15 at 6pm - 422 W. Gallatin
bulletWheaton, IL Tax Day Tea Party
The Tax Day Tea Party website listed events associated with the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition sponsors, who supported the organization of most of the first Chicago Tea Party protest events on February 27.  New sponsors include American Solutions (ties to Newt Gingrich) and other groups.
Tea Party protests are also being organized by FreedomWorks in many cities on various dates.
FreedomWorks has produced a useful national map of the Tax Day Tea Party protests.  This complements the state lists found at and other sources listed below.
American Family Association has also set up a new website - TEA - Taxed Enough Already - which lists over 1000 local "Tea Party" protest organizers nationwide.  This was followed by another new website for their July 4 Tea Party protest plans -
Another source of information about Tea Party protests and other local initiatives or contacts in many states can be found through the "Patriotic Resistance" - .
Hundreds of people showed up for the Chicago Tea Party taxpayer revolt on February 27.  See our photos as well as news coverage, videos, and links to other protests nationwide.
"Chicago Tea Party" protest info - at Daley Plaza, Friday February 27.  Contact us as follow-up.  Bio

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