Friday, June 15, 2012
Women who recently attended the Illinois Republican Convention in Tinley Park dressed for the occasion. Some sported red, white and blue sequins while others donned vests and fine silk scarves. Get a glimpse of the group in our photo gallery.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
In book inspired by the classic, The Cat in the Hat, "Dr. Truth" calls Obama the "new cat in town whom the press find disarming," "also recklessly arrogant and convinced he's so charming." The author was among vendors at the Illinois GOP Convention.
Copies of The New Democrat by Dr. Truth were flying off the table over the weekend at the Illinois Republican Convention. Dr. Truth’s alter-ego, Loren Spivack, claims attendees are buying his parody of the Obama Administration to send to liberal friends and relatives. Based on the famous children’s book The Cat In the Hat, Spivack describes it as a conservative morality play. “It’s the hottest novelty gift at the convention,” Spivack said, manning his table there Saturday morning. Starring in the role of the Cat In the Hat is Barack Obama because “much like the ‘Cat In the Hat’ he wrecks everything that he touches,” Spivack said, classifying Obama a “left wing fanatic.” As Dr. Truth, Spivack unleashes the far right’s rage against what they…
Monday, June 11, 2012
One of 3 vying for Republican National Committeeman for Illinois urged delegates to "give the people their party back" in what he says was a weekend of unfair voting and rigged outcomes. The party's reputation, he said, was the "elephant in the room."
After he said delegates were "robbed of their opportunity to vote" during the Illinois Republican Convention in Tinley Park, William "Bill" Kelly insisted that they get their $50 ticket entry fee back. "Rarely in life do we actually say what we mean because we are afraid of what we might lose," Kelly said before an election committee Friday afternoon. "But we have lost too much already and we are on the brink of losing it all. … The Illinois Republican party is a joke." Kelly, a Beverly native now living in the Streeterville neighborhood in Chicago, faced off over the weekend against two others, incumbent Rich Williamson and Alexander "Sandy" Stuart, for the title of Republican National Committeeman for Illinois. Appointed to the …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Those attending the Illinois Republican Convention in Tinley Park over the weekend share their thoughts on the Republican party, how far it's come and where its going.
Illinois Republicans bring their ideas and bling to the Tinley Park Convention Center to take on Barack Obama and Mike Madigan in November.
Illinois Republicans showed up with their buses, bling and enthusiasm to the Tinley Park Convention Center with one goal in mind: to elect Republicans to national, state and local seats in November. Anti-Obama shirts, Mitt Romney-bobbleheads and cardboard cutouts of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln were in abundance. Like pork, the other white meat, Illinois's Grand Old Party is hoping for another Scott Walker-type victory in Illinios in 2012. READ PATCH COVERAGE of the Illinois Republican State Convention: Get a Glimpse of the Faces of the Illinois Republican Convention No Direct Elections, No Gambling: 2012 Illinois Republican Convention Republicans Embrace 'Party Time' in Tinley Park
Saturday, June 9, 2012
For the first time in history, the Illinois Republican convention has made its way to Tinley Park.
The state's Republicans came in droves to Tinley Park on Friday sporting suits, red white and blue, and American flag T-shirts. All were eager to take part in the weekend's Illinois Republican Convention, where there have been opinions about the importance of keeping marriage between one man and one woman and decisions made on party platform issues like direct elections and gambling. Comments got a bit heated during delegates' talks of the nomination for the party's Republican National Committeeman. While newcomer candidate William Kelly didn't get a second look or even a nod of approval from delegates, others, like Alexander "Sandy" Stuart were specifically questioned on their donations over the years to donate to groups like Planned …
Friday, June 8, 2012
If you're out and about in the area this weekend, it's highly likely that you'll be seeing red. Now that the thousands of Republicans have arrived in the Southland, find out what has motivated them to make what, for some, is quite a trek.
Illinois Republicans from far and wide are flooding the Tinley Park Convention Center this weekend. Some are showing to participate in workshops, vote on party issues and elect committeemen and women. Others simply want to learn about the political process or to experience their first convention. Coordinators have said they expect several thousand people to file in and out of the center during these two days—the most of whom are expected to congregate there on Saturday. Patch editors spent time chatting with those eager Illinois Republican Convention attendees throughout the day Friday. READ: Live Updates: 2012 Illinois Republican Convention Norma Goodale, 67, came all the way up from Peoria County in central Illinois because of the …
Despite impassioned speeches about opening up the Illinois GOP, the Platform and Resolutions Committee voted against sending the return of direct elections for state committeemen to the floor. Read our live blog transcript for more details.
Update, 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012 Illinois Republicans hoping to have more of a say in the state party's processes will have to wait another four years for another swing at it. While McLean County Republicans Chairman John Parrott rallied the packed room at the Platform and Resolutions Committee meeting Friday, during the Illinois State GOP Convention in Tinley Park, the votes fell short for direct elections of state committeemen and won't go to the full delegate floor Saturday. Those in favor of the election said it would energize the state's Republicans, bring them back into the process and eventually turn Illinois back to red. And those against said the money needed to campaign would only corrupt another process further, and other…