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Illinois conservatives prepare to resist Left’s Stranglehold




By Nancy Thorner (photos by Mark Weyermuller) - 

Illinois is facing tremendous challenges as corrupt and incompetent leadership is leading many good people to to take flight from this state. It would not be out of line to call what has been going on in Illinois politics for the past 40 years as pure evil. For too long little has been done to stop it. 

Common sense does indicate that the righteous anger felt by many conservatives must be channeled into a common mission to fight back against those whose moral values do not reflect our values and for whom financial restraint is not a part of their lexicon.

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Illinois Conservatives United is a coalition or grassroots activists (whether solo or if you lead a group or organization) who desire to join with other grassroots conservative activists throughout Illinois for the purpose of making an impact on key state-wide issues. The coalition's first key issue is to ensure election integrity to Illinois by forming and training teams from around the state to clean up voter rolls statewide.

This training took place over a two-day event, Strategy 2017: From Outrage to Action, on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Elmhurst. During the two-day conference many friendships were formed with fellow warriors who can now spur each other on to winning victories for Illinois in 2018.  

The Conference officially began on Friday, August 18 with a 12 pm buffet Lunch, during which time participants had an opportunity to check out the seventeen exhibitors. Conference sponsors included Illinois Review, Freedom Works, The Heartland Institute, Illinois Family Action, and American Majority. 

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Organizers Jan Shaw, Carol Davis, Jane Carrell – Keynote Speaker C.L. Bryant 

Friday Afternoon 

The Friday afternoon sessions were devoted to Campaign Support Training led by James Marter, former Candidate, U.S. Senate; Matt Batzel, National Executive Director of American Majority; and Lonnie Leitner, Chief of Staff of American Majority. American Majority has been training conservatives to run and win since 2008 and offers online or in-person training to give leaders and individuals running for office the necessary tools to run winning campaigns all over this nation, whether it be for school board or Congress.

For direct access to the excellent American Majority Friday afternoon presentations containing full transcripts and slides to download showing how to organize and run a winning campaign from start to finish, click on the sites below as provided by Matt Batzel, National Executive Director of American Majority. The sites are invaluable to those who are managing campaigns for Conservatives candidates to replace Republican legislators who have indicated they will not run again after voting with Democrats to increase taxes, as well as those managing campaigns to defeat Democrat incumbents.  

To learn more about American Majority's On-line courses go here

On how to tell your story in a way that appeals to the head and the heart, to bring about meaningful change in your community and the country watch American Majority's Youtube Video.  

This site can serve as a tremendous Resource page for downloading "Your Campaign and Activism Toolbox" and for "Campaign Resource."

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Saturday Conference Schedule

The Saturday Conference Schedule was a day-long event starting with a Continental Breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., and closing with a Dinner featuring Emily Stack and Rev. C.L. Bryant.   Rev. Bryant is recognized as one of Americas most Dynamic Orators and he is a highly sought after Speaker, Motivator, Activist, Organizer, Gospel Preacher. Bryant is the D.C. Senior Fellow at FreedomWorks.  Rev. Bryant didn't disappoint as he delivered his words with fiery passion to those assembled eager to hear his message.

Featured early in the Saturday morning session was Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote. True the Vote (TTV) is a conservative vote-monitoring organization based in Houston, Texas whose stated objective is stopping voter fraud. The organization supports voter ID laws and trains volunteers to be election monitors and to spot and bring attention to suspicious voter registrations that its volunteers believe delegitimize voter eligibility.

The organization's tag line is "If you see something at the polls that just doesn't seem right, record it.Catherine Engelbrecht is the current president of TTV. Her message was well received given the amount of voter fraud that is happening throughout this nation.

Here in our own state of Illinois, a welcome sign and a way for illegals to vote represents a Leftist ideology that supersedes all else.

While the morning Saturday sessions were all about Election Integrity, the afternoon sessions highlighted Tools for Activists in getting out their message. Featured speakers were Jim Lakely, Dr. Tim Huelskamp, The Heartland Institute; James Marter, Matt Batzel, Social Media: How to the the Digital Activist Every Movement Needs ; Carol Davis, "Lightning Round: Solutions"; David Smith, Illinois Family Institute; John Kraft, Edgar County Watchdogs; Heidi Holan, Homeowners Defense Association, Brandi McGuire, Local Government Information Services; Walsh Freedom, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Higher Education (video); and Jim Muratori, Vickie Deppe, Veronica Harrison, Article V Convention of States, about which there exists formidable opposition in going forward with an Article V Convention of States.

Organizers of the Conference

Following are organizers of the second Strategy conference who deserve much praise for all their hard work, time, and effort it took to provide a venue for grassroots activists to join together to avail themselves to the tools that are necessary to fight back against the forces in Illinois, which, left unchallenged, will only mean that Illinois will slip further into the abyss of no return as an officially recognized failed state.

  • Lyn Beets, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Jane Carrell, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Carol Davis, West Suburban Patriots
  • Linda Iverson, Huntley Tea Party
  • James Marter, Former Candidate, U.S. Senate
  • Loretta Savee, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Jan Shaw, West Suburban Patriots
  • David Smith, Illinois Family Action
  • Claire Van Horn, DuPage Tea Party

Exhibitors not aligned with featured speakers

Illinois Review, Illinoisreview.com; Mendrick for Sheriff, James4sheriff.com; David Shestokas, J.D.Author, [email protected]; Turning Point U.S.A., tpusa.com; and Vitual Agora, thevirtualagora.com.


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  1. Cleaning up registered voters so only live USA citizens are voting. Than voter choice is need so that more than one candidate is voting. Candidates should be limited to the number of times they can be in political office.
    All Candidates should have high moral values.
    God Bless Illinois
    Carl Lambrecht

  2. Well done summary of the event, Illinois Review!! Not mentioned (but you get a pass!) was Election Integrity speaker Ardis Cerny, from Waukesha County Wisconsin. 16 women from that county resolved in 2000 that they would work to get a Voter ID bill in Wisconsin. At that time, both houses of the Assembly were Democrat majority, and the governor was a liberal democrat. These women divided Wisconsin election law among them, learned it up one side and down the other, traveled to Madison to observe committees responsible for election law changes, testified before these committees, and created a groundswell of support for voter ID laws among Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. It took a 9 year effort, but they gained passage of the law. We plan to do the same in Illinois. Register at IllinoisConservativesUnited.ORG if you’d like to join our effort.

  3. There is no vote fraud in Chicago. Anyone who claims otherwise is engaging in racist voter suppression! So say the mass media and the Democrats!
    Election Fraud
    You know, something like this could lead to compromised elections – illegal aliens could vote, dead people could cast ballots, all sorts of bad things could happen:
    More than 14,000 votes were cast in Chicago during the 2016 general election than there were voters to cast them, based on separate figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections, the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party has reported.
    Chris Cleveland told the Chicago Wire that “on a whim,” he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the board, which provided him with a list of 1,101,178 people who voted in the general election. An earlier post on the board’s website said that 1,115,664 votes had been cast.
    “There should never be more votes than voters,” Cleveland said. “Every ballot cast should be recorded against a registered voter.”
    Whoa whoa whoa there you Republican racist! Purging the voter rolls of people who moved or got convicted or died is a step too far! Hundred of precinct captains wouldn’t have anything to fill their Election Week evenings.
    We don’t recall seeing this on a single local mainstream media site or broadcast for some reason. It couldn’t be that this is a systemic problem that verifies certain national figures alleging that the United States has a voter fraud issue that may have swung certain counting practices?
    Labels: elections, scandals

  4. We’re so sorry that you missed the conference. We tried to get the word out in many ways, but we’ve heard from many people like yourself who are disappointed that they didn’t know. The best way to find out about future events is to sign up on the coalition website to be added to our contact list. We will not “bombard” you with emails. We’ll only contact you to keep you informed about issues the coalition is working on.

  5. There is no one in this group that has done a single thing to resist voter fraud in Chicago or Cook County. The fraud in Illinois is not in the red counties… DUH
    True the Vote has zero impact in Illinois. The founder has no clue about our laws and they are not the same as in Texas.
    What a total waste of time this conference was. The tables were empty for a reason. Zero impact.