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McGlasson: Why I am resigning from the IL GOP State Central Committee



A 2015 photo of better times w John McGlasson (far left) with Cong Adam Kinzinger (center)

ROCKFORD – Earlier this week, IL GOP State Central Committeeman John McGlasson (16th) sent the following resignation letter to Illinois Republican Chairman Don Tracy and his fellow Committee members: 

Dear Chairman Tracy and my fellow members of the Republican State Central Committee:

After my election as Livingston County Chairman in 2010, I attended my first meeting of the County Chairman’s Association. It was a great meeting which filled me with enthusiasm. It fired me up to attend my first meeting of the State Central Committee; dashing across the hall, it came as a great disappointment to hear that the meeting was closed and I was not allowed.

I vowed at that moment to earn a seat on the committee and try to open it up to rank and file party members like myself. After achieving that goal in 2012, it was wonderful that four other new committee members were elected with many of the same goals. Stan Bond, Fred Floreth, Blair Garber and Pastor Michael Neubert, and I joined two other members to change the committee.

We had some success in opening up the meetings, having the meetings scheduled a year in advance with agendas published well in advance, and the meeting sites and times announced. The committee began to adhere to the By-Laws and written treasurer’s reports became the norm. If these practices had continued it would have been a great tribute to Stan Bond, the foremost proponent of business- like operation of our committee. That these changes apparently were merely appeasements on the part of the leadership is sad, indeed.

As an example of my points, as I write this letter on May 29, 2021, no public notice of the upcoming State Central Committee meeting on June 12, 2021 can be found on the party website or by a search on the internet.  It is again apparent the leadership of our party prefers to do their business behind closed doors.

Mr. Chairman, there was hope, upon your election as chairman that things might change. Yet the staff remains the same, the hired fund raisers and vendors are the same, the press releases are very much the same, the fund raising events continue to be directed to the wealthy, and the party continues to offer nothing more than criticism of the opposition and offers no new ideas about what we would do to save our state.

Lastly, the party has done little to show respect for the rank and file party members. Congressman Adam Kinzinger has openly shamed us by his comments on President Trump. While many county and township Republican Committees have made public statements, the state party has stood silent. At no time, did I ask the committee to censure Congressman Kinzinger. I did ask on several occasions that the committee publically distance itself from his comments and stand with the nearly two and one-half million Illinois Republicans that supported President Trump. One each occasion the leaders changed the subject to censure and closed the discussion. As one of those Illinois Republicans I am offended by his comments and this lack of action by the party. The Illinois Republican Party has proven itself to be disloyal to many of its most dedicated and hard-working members.

That being said, this message will serve as my resignation as the 16th Congressional District member of the Republican State Central Committee as soon as a successor is properly and fairly elected.


John B. McGlasson


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  1. I commend Mr. McGlasson for his integrity. He now joins the growing rank of IL voters whom have already come to this realization.
    Need more proof; reference the piece of drool (parents bill of rights) put out by Schimpf. This party has stood-by at best, or worse help facilitate the erosion of these very “rights”. Now I suppose to believe he, and the party of associations are going fight for us?
    I guess this strategy works on the blatantly ignorant.

  2. Avery Bourne,A NEW State Central Committee Apointee who is also a state rep (she’s also a law school drop out who never had a real job beyond working for Rauner’s campaign), voted “Present” on the resolution yesterday condemning Republican Chris Miller for a bunch of nothing. He attended the Trump rally in D.C. on Jan. 6 but never incited anyone and never tried to break into the Capitol. She didn’t even have the guts to stand up for her fellow state rep against a crazy over-reach by Trump hating Dems.
    Here’s the background:
    Here is the roll call vote on the resolution.

  3. Had hopes that Don Tracy would be better than the all the bad “Republican” Illinois Chairman of the past, but as McGlasson pointed out, it’s the same old anti-conservative, corrupt tax and spend “Republican” leadership that has been in power since the election of Chuck Percy and Dick Ogilvie in the 1960’s. That said, there is a solution if conservatives will turn off the sports, talk radio and all the distracting wastes of time and run for precinct committeeman. https://precinctstrategy.com/ Those in Cook can organize for Township and Ward Chairman. This is a national movement and while the odds are that we won’t change the Democrat power monopoly, we can make a big dent and most importantly, get rid of the Rino leadership in 2022. Then we can win in 2024 both nationally and in Illinois. Not passing the graduated income tax shows we can win on issues if we actually compete with candidates from precinct committeemen on up that fight for those issues in door to door campaigning.

  4. Kinzinger is a radical extremist who would lose to Catalina by at least 10% points in the current district.
    Unfortunately, I believe that the Dems will eliminate CD16.
    At that point, Catalina should position herself for statewide office.
    In a GOP Primary for Governor or Senator, Catalina would beat the radical Kinzinger by at least 10% points.

  5. Spot on Steve!
    Our parental rights are constitutionally protected in the Illinois Constitution
    ARTICLE ONE, SECTION 1. INHERENT AND INALIENABLE RIGHTS All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights (including parental rights) and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
    SECTION 3. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The FREE exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
    Includes the parental rights of Christians to teach their children lgbt behaviors are sins. Illinois has no authority to mandate school children are taught perversion as being something good against parents will
    24, SECTION 24. RIGHTS RETAINED The enumeration in this Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the individual citizens of the State. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
    While parental rights are not enumerated in the Illinois constitution’s Bill of Rights, this section none the less protects parental rights, no one but communists would argue parents don’t have rights in regard to raising and educating their children. Thinking the state has “parental authority” over the state’s children is a gross overreach and communism. Russia is known by their people as Mother Russia, because the people have little in the way of rights. The Russian state is all powerful and there are those in the state legislature who think they are all powerful

  6. I wish you would not resign. Congressmen Kinzinger days of easily getting the Republican voters are gone after his turncoat behavior, especially his comments on January 6th event at the Capitol. There were over 1 million loyal Republicans at the Capitol that day. They were there peacefully to show we are concerned about our elections and we wanted our Congress to know we were watching. Imagine, a million people willing to pay their own way to go to Washington. How can you ignore a million patriots? A few bad actors stopped the debate. The debates happening in the Senate and House were wonderful. Those idiots that went into the Capitol were not patriots, they stopped the debate.