ILGOP Chairman’s Update and Convention Recap
Welcome to this week’s Chairman’s Update. In this week’s Update, we focus stateside on the latest COVID-19 numbers, recap our virtual state convention, examine a report on Madigan patronage in the executive branch, and provide information on our lawsuit against Governor Pritzker. I hope that you find these updates helpful and informational, and I ask that you share these with your own personal networks. Thank you.
Illinois by the Numbers
As of today, here are the latest tallies in Illinois:
135,470 Positive Tests Confirmed
1,311,003 Total Persons Tested
You can look at a county by county map of where positive cases of Coronavirus are located HERE.
ILGOP 2020 State Convention
As you all know, the Illinois Republican Party was forced to hold at least a portion of our quadrennial convention on a virtual platform this year. In order to abide by timelines set by the RNC in conjunction with the national convention coming up in August, we had to do party business related to credentials, delegates and national committeeman and committeewoman, among other things, by a certain time. We plan to get together for the rest of the convention, such as the platform committee, in Peoria in September. Stay tuned.
The virtual convention spanned two days. On Friday, we were excited to host several different online trainings and panels. I’m thrilled to report that during the three different time slots, there were several hundred people in trainings at one time!
Each time slot we had one panel. In the first one, we had our national committeeman RIchard Porter doing a great job as always hosting a discussion on defeating the progressive income tax in November. Delegates and guests were able to hear wisdom from leaders such as Jason Heffley of Ideas Illinois, Andrew Nelms, IL State Director for Americans for Prosperity Action, and President of Wirepoints, Ted Debrowski.
The second panel was an exciting look at our top shelf candidates for some targeted and important races in Illinois. Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Koolidge moderated a roundtable with candidates Mark Curran (US Senate), Jeanne Ives (IL‑6), Jim Oberweis (IL-14), and Esther Joy King (IL-17). And the third panel was a focus on women powering the GOP to victory in 2020. The group consisted of moderator and radio show host Annie Frey, state representatives Tony McCombie and Avery Bourne, ward committeewoman Ammie Kessem, and state representative candidate Amy Elik.
The Friday night cap was a fascinating fireside chat between Michael Koolidge again, IL Congressman Darin LaHood and California Congressman Devin Nunes, who exposed the Russia hoax for what it was. Thanks to Devin for joining us! And then Saturday, we got down to business. Delegates voted to approve several committee reports and nominated our national committeewoman (Demetra Demonte) and national committeeman (Richard Porter).