2014 Tax Day Tea Party Videos

Watch all the speeches and songs in one place.

If you prefer to watch each speaker individually you may do so below.

Denise Cattoni


State Rep. Jeanne Ives


Bob Grogan


John Ivan – Guitarist


State Sen. Jim Oberweis


Jackie Menconi


Bert Cattoni – I Still Believe


Larry Kaefish


David From


Darelene Ruscitti


Kevin Chalfant – God Bless America


Dan Proft


Andrew Gasser


Adam Andrzejewski


C Steven Tucker


Joe Walsh


Kevin Chalfant – Don’t Stop Believing



Tribune poll: Oberweis leads Truax 52 to 15 percent

The Chicago Tribune released a poll in the US Senate race.  State Sen. Jim Oberweis is leading 52% – 15% over Doug Truax.  Even if Truax garnered all the undecided, he would not be able to catch Oberweis at this point.


Rauner and Grogan Endorsed

The Lake County Township Republican Organizations of Moraine, West Deerfield, Shields and Vernon met tonight for their joint endorsement session.  There requirement was 70% for endorsement.  While I am still awaiting vote totals, the following are the endorsements:

  • Governor – Bruce Rauner  (88%)
  • Treasurer – Bob Grogan  (84%)

The following candidates failed to win the endorsement but did garner the highest vote totals:

  • US Senate – Doug Truax vs Jim Oberweis
  • Rep 51 – Bob Bednar vs Ed Sullivan, Jr.
  • County Treasurer – Jeri Atleson vs David Stolman

I will update with vote totals once available.

UPDATE: Vote totals added to endorsed candidates above.

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Schaumburg Township Endorsements

Schaumburg Township Republican Organization held it’s endorsement session tonight. Below are the results:

Race Endorsement Percentage
Governor Bruce Rauner > 60%
US Senate Jim Oberweis > 60%
Treasurer No Endorsement  
8th Congressional Larry Kaifesh > 60%
13th Sub Circuit Gary Seyring Unanimous

Libertyville Township Republicans Endorsements

The Libertyville Township Republicans held their endorsement session today. Candidates must receive 60% of the vote. They endorsed the following:

Jeri Atleson – Lake County Treasurer


Bob Grogan –  Illinois State Treasurer


Dan Rutherford – Illinois Governor


There were no endorsements for the US Senate race between Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax.



Which Republicans Sold Illinoisans Down the River on Pension Vote?

The House and the Senate today voted to pass the fake pension reform bill.  Below are the actual results and Republicans who sold Illinoisans down the river to give cover for Democrats who could have been vulnerable in the 2014 elections.


62 Yeas, 53 Nays, 1 Present

Update: Don Moffit was mistakenly included as a Yes vote, He Voted No.  It is corrected below

Roll Call Republicans Voting For
SB1_houseVote John D. Anthony
Patricia R. Bellock
Tom Demmer
Jim Durkin
Kay Hatcher
David R. Leitch
Michael P. McAuliffe
JoAnn D. Osmond
Dennis M. Reboletti
Ron Sandack
Timothy L. Schmitz
Darlene J. Senger
Ed Sullivan, Jr.
Jil Tracy
Barbara Wheeler




Roll Call Republicans Voting For
SB1_SenateVote Pam Althoff
Bill Brady
Michael Connelly
Darin M. LaHood
Karen McConnaughay
Matt Murphy
Jim Oberweis
Christine Radogno
Sue Rezin
Dave Syverson

PTRO Endorsements

BruceRauner2PTRO (Palatine Township Republican Organization) held their endorsement session last night. To be endorsed, a candidate had to receive 60% of the vote.

PTRO Endorsements
Governor: Bruce Rauner 65%
US Senate: Doug Truax 64%
13th Judicial Sub-Circuit: John Curry 79%
8th District: Larry Kaifish 83%

Final voting results

Bill Brady 4%
Kirk Dillard 11%
Bruce Rauner 65%
Dan Rutherford 20%
Tom Cross 47%
Bob Grogan 53%
13th Judicial Sub-Circuit
John Curry 79%
Gary Seyring 21%
US Senate
Jim Oberweis 36%
Doug Truax 64%
Congress 8th District
Manju Goel 17%
Larry Kaifesh 83%

GOP Central Committee Cancels Meeting

Late last night the GOP Central Committee canceled their meeting to oust Pat Brady. In an email from 10th Congressional District Committeeman Mark Shaw, the reason provided was the lack of response from Chairman Pat Brady on whether he would attend the meeting in person or by phone.

From: Mark Shaw
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 10:17 PM
To: Illinois Republican State Central Committee
Subject: Rescheduling of March 9, 2013 State Central Committee Meeting

Dear GOP Leaders:

The March 9, 2013 State Central Committee Meeting is being rescheduled because the State Chairman has not responded to our request that he be present in person or by telephone for the meeting. Details about the new date, time and location of this meeting will be sent out to all of you once they are finalized. We are sorry for the late notice but we wanted to give the Chairman every opportunity to respond to our request that he be present in person or by telephone at this meeting.


Chris Kachiroubas (C.D. 6)
Eugene Dawson (C.D. 8)
Mark Shaw (C.D. 10)
Barbara Peterson (C.D. 11)
Jerry Clarke (C.D. 15)
Bob Winchester (C.D. 19)

Once again, GOP leadership has failed the rank and file Republicans. It has shown itself to be a bunch of spineless unprincipled politicians who care more about their own power and influence than about doing what is right for the party.

Besides the Central Committee, the following GOP leadership have come out in support of Pat Brady:

  • U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk
  • former Gov. Jim Edgar
  • former Gov. Jim Thompson
  • State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
  • State House Minority Leader Tom Cross
  • State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno

Pat Brady himself is blaming Michael Madigan.

And while saying he has no direct proof, Brady believes Madigan or his minions are pressuring Dorgan to cast an anti-Brady vote as revenge for the “Fire Madigan” campaign Brady devised last year. That campaign included setting up a website last fall that sold an array of goods emblazoned with the “Fire Madigan” logo, including dog t-shirts.

“The math adds up,” Brady said of the possible Madigan link. “This is not an original thought by me. This is what a lot of people suspect is going on.

“No one has ever publicly taken him on,” Brady said of Madigan.

GumbyPatBradyIf you look at the evidence, this statement by Brady is ludicrous. Brady was in charge of the party that couldn’t help Bill Brady win the Governor race in 2010 during a decidedly Republican year. In 2012, Pat Brady led the downfall of the Republican Party to both a super minority in both the State House and Senate. With this dismal track record, Madigan would be helping Brady remain GOP Chairman for life, not trying to get rid of him.

There is one notable example of stalwart Republican Leadership on the Central Committee. That member is State Senator Jim Oberweis. He has stood on principle in spite of opposition. He has pointed out the failed leadership of Pat Brady. When calling the Central Committee members, you may want to thank State Senator Oberweis for being a leader among the rest of the Gumbies in the GOP.

Oberweis said Brady’s involvement in Republican primaries last fall, including the Kane County board chairman race, was problematic, but his gay-marriage stance taken without consulting the state GOP organization was “the final straw.”

“When you start publicly lobbying against a plank in our state and national party platforms, without even discussing with or advising the board of directors, I think he’s gone too far,” Oberweis told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Below is the contact information for the GOP Central Committee.  Please contact them and let them know your feelings.

Cong. District Name Cell Work Email
1 Steven Daglas 708-943-1913 708-955-2933 sdaglas@sbcglobal.net
2 Judy A. Diekelman 708-877-6565 708-243-5019 diekelmanj@aol.com
3 Angel Garcia 312-375-0979 angeldgarcia@gmail.com
4 Vacant
5 Angelo Skip Saviano 708-453-7598 708-453-7547 skip@skipsaviano.com
6 Chris Kachiroubas 630-832-0778 630-333-2795 katch99@msn.com
7 Carol Smith Donovan 312-643-0730 708-771-2345 carol.smith.donovan@gmail.com
8 Eugene R. Dawson 847-381-8817 erdaw@comcast.net
9 John Dorgan 847-698-0630 jmdgop@yahoo.com
10 Mark Shaw 847-609-3482
11 Barbara J. Peterson 708-651-6823 708-946-6822 bjp2124@aol.com
12 Deb Detmers 618-910-2994 ddetmers@charter.net
13 Roger C. Claar 630-212-2200 630-226-8412 bbmayor@aol.com
14 Jim Oberweis 630-801-6072 630-800-1992 joberweis@oberweis.net
15 Jerry Clarke 217-649-7805 jerrytclarke@yahoo.com
16 Dave Syverson 815-985-7135 815-987-7555 sen1@aol.com
17 Judy Dudek 309-224-8379 309-647-1544 jdudek1955@sbcglobal.net
18 Michael S. Bigger 309-695-6338 309-695-6266 m.bigger@mchsi.com
19 Bob Winchester 618-285-3636 bobwinchester@hotmail.com