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Time to talk: What should the Illinois Conservative Party stand for?

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Those in control of the Illinois Republican Party have chosen to make one person – Mike Madigan – the evil villain, not the Leftism and radical movement he's enabled for so many years.

A growing number of Illinois conservatives are saying they can't vote for incumbent GOP Governor Bruce Rauner because he has sided with Democrats on key issues and has bought up the IL GOP and GOP county organizations with his personal wealth. Illinois' weak counter to Democrats is now the "Rauner Party" not the "Republican Party." The "Rauner Party" ignores and ridicules the Republican Party platform upon which thousands have based their political affiliation. 

Now we learn that even the IL GOP elitists like former Governor Jim Edgar are backing away from endorsing the Republican incumbent and schmoozing up to Rauner's Democrat challenger, another billionaire – JB Pritzker. 

So what political party will be left for Illinoisans that are conservative, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-legal immigration fiscal hawks? They are not welcome in either the Illinois Democrat or the Illinois Republican Party – despite an admirable, but failed attempt to rise to IL GOP leadership levels.

Certainly there are good conservatives as high as the State Central Committee level, but the Rauner Party dominates and controls all levels of influence in the party – keeping the party from making unified, strong statements to counter the Democrat Party radical Leftist control in Illinois. Those in control of the Illinois Republican Party have chosen to make one person – Mike Madigan – the evil villain, not the Leftism and radical movement he's enabled for so many years. A movement that has destroyed the morale of a whole state. 

The New York Conservative Party formed because they had no choice – just like those in the Illinois Republican Party have now. So we pose these questions for discussion:

  • Like the Pilgrims left Europe to start a new nation that held strong beliefs that would not be ridiculed or muffled, should conservatives in Illinois begin an effort to build a Conservative Party? 
  • Or like the Puritans that stayed behind to attempt to correct the situation from within, should conservatives work to sway the IL GOP back to its roots?
  • If your thought is to start a new party, what should the Illinois Conservative Party include in its platform? Sam McCann is running for governor on the Conservative Party ticket in the upcoming election, but there's no indication of that party's basis. What should it include? 

Please comment here or on Illinois Review's Facebook Page. 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll say I think conservatives need to stop hiding in the shadows throughout Illinois and band together to present a clear alternative to the Madigan Party and the Rauner Party. Neither of them represent my values – and its time that we stop enabling either of them to stay in power.
    It’s time for the Forgotten Taxpayers to revolt in Illinois – and its either form a united front or disperse to neighboring states.

  2. The leftists do give Madigan an obscene amount of power by allowing him to have absolute power (by house rules) over what proposed bills can go to the floor for a vote. If a majority of the Illinois house wanted to vote on a proposed bill, Madigan has the power to keep the majority from voting on it. That is wrong! One man with that obscene amount of power controlling what proposed laws are allowed to the floor for a vote has always been man’s inhumanity to man, it’s called one-man rule and a dictatorship.
    There are checks and balances in place, but the leftists in the house are cockroaches. John Adams said after the US Constitution was ratified, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That is true of the Illinois constitution too, his concern has been proven valid in both cases. King madigan also buys the allegiance of the immoral reps with big bucks at election time from the Chicago machine. Everyone in the state legislature knows our constitutional republic was never to allow for one un-elected man by the whole voting public to have close to absolute power. Speaker Madigan has more power than the governor and the governor was elected by the whole people. How is that right? Illinois govt is more organized crime than govt by the people.
    Illinois’ founding documents were meant to prevent any one person from accumulating enough power to become a dictator, because of the immoral and un-Christian trash in state govt, those documents failed. In deed Mr Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Sadly, the majority of Illinoisans are neither moral or righteous……

  3. We conservatives can’t get anything done within the Illinois Republican Party and we can’t influence it’s policies as individual voters because they have excluded us from the Party’s decision processes.
    I see no choice other than to form a new Illinois Conservative Party. Many of us have large amounts of political and election experience to contribute to the efforts of a new party. It will take time and effort but, at this stage of political disaster in this state, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE?

  4. Illinois’ continues down the path of self destruction in so many metrics all of which are the result of failed govermental leaders. Our only hope of a salvation is a conservative party. Illinois’tea party movement is there to give backbone and support. Liberty has never been free, it’s time for an voter Revolution in Illinois!

  5. I officially declare myself to be now a member of the Conservative Party in the state of Illinois. Ilgop is basically Democrat lite or The Rauner party. I will vote for Sam McCann. Bye ilgop Democrat lite party.

  6. The Conservative Party should represent the ideals of true conservatives (not the ideals of the Illinois Republican Party or President Trump). First, the party should stress the ideals of a fiscally conservative stewardship–addressing the budget woes and the nearly criminal property tax problems that plague this state. Next, I would work to find areas that have bipartisan support to demonstrates a willingness to work together. Finally, I would work to curb of the powers that any one party can wield by creating a non-partisan committee to redraw maps after the next census.