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Chicago Bears stood with hands over their hearts during anthem last Thursday in Green Bay

By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold – 

Professional athletes in football and basketball attracted national attention this week for refusing to respect the flag and National Anthem at games. Once restricted to a few misfits like Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, the protest spread this weekend more against President Trump, for his tweets decrying the practice, as for sympathy with Kaepernick.

This is widely regarded as a crybaby response on the part of a privileged few who are paid handsomely to perform children’s games for the entertainment of sedentary fans. This manufactured protest has been met by a roughly 8% drop in attendance and viewership of the games. Fans are seen burning team jerseys, even season tickets in counter-protest. Team members who refuse to “join in solidarity” have been criticized by other players and management for “poor team spirit.”


Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel on September 27th accused President Donald Trump of trying to divide the nation in criticizing NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, calling the president’s comments a “cynical ploy to distract people” from his administration’s failures.  Emanuel further said that Trump’s provocative statements and Tweets about the kneeling protests were for the purpose of dividing America, by noting that the ideals of this nation “encourage those who dissent to speak up, and that takes nothing away from their patriotism.”

Emanuel also expressed his displeasure at Gov. Bruce Rauner who made public statements in support of Trump’s feelings about athletes who kneel for the national anthem. For this one thing we applaud Rauner as one who was a Never Trumper and even refused to attend the Republican Convention this past summer when Trump was recognized as the Republican presidential candidate to face Hillary Clinton in November of last year.

This has nothing to do with 1st Amendment rights. The amendment says “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting…” This protection has been extended (incorporated) to apply to states and local governments, but never applied to private business regarding employee behavior, on or off the job. You can’t be prosecuted, but you can be fired or disciplined by your employer.
Team owners and managers support the players in this action, while ignoring the pressing issues of spousal abuse, weapons violations, drug use, even murder. Players have been censored for protesting items on this list, or even supporting the police in opposition to “Black Lives Matter.” Pro sports would rather keep the real issues at arm’s length, like another world.
For a long time, professional sports were regarded as “games and entertainment,” but in 1972 it was officially recognized as big business. Congress promptly responded by granting immunity from anti-trust laws which would otherwise apply. National athletic organizations, amateur and professional, cannot be prosecuted for fixing prices, wages, and the right to change employers.
It would also seem that they are given de facto immunity from anti-discrimination laws as well. Roughly 70% of professional athletes are African-American, compared to 13% of the population. Women are virtually excluded, despite Title XIV. The only official concern is the low percentage in management and coaching.
And what about the stadiums and arenas used by professional football and basketball?  They were constructed and are maintained at public expense. Tough life, isn’t it. Politicians falling over backward, in the vulgar sense, to support local teams.
John and Andy Schlafly, sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) whose 27th book, The Conservative Case for Trump was published posthumously last year, wrote an insightful commentary on 9/27/2017, titled The NFL Leaves AmericaFollowing are several paragraphs from their article:
Today’s NFL has become a massive entitlement program for billionaires, one of the worst examples of corporate welfare. Like others who enjoy lavish lifestyles based on government handouts, many NFL owners are ungrateful to the American system that makes their success possible.
Of course not all players put their game above the American flag. Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, gave us all something to cheer about when he stood alone on the field to honor the American flag and the National Anthem while his teammates cowered in the tunnel.
But then even he had to pay a price for being patriotic, as his own head coach and teammates began criticizing him for it. He was apparently forced to apologize for supposedly embarrassing his teammates.  President Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin summed this issue up well on one of the Sunday morning talk shows, remarking that NFL players “can do free speech on their own time.” They do not have to insult our Nation in taxpayer-built stadiums before captive audiences.
John and Andy Schlafly also suggested that Congress should hold hearings on how much taxpayer money is flowing to support the anti-American conduct of the NFL, and state legislatures should consider passing laws to cut off that money at the local level. While people have a right to be unpatriotic, Americans should not be forced to support them.
When these athletes protest their supposed mistreatment, it is not just disrespect to the flag, but to the privileges extended to them by law and custom. Perhaps it’s time to take another look.




By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold – defines “radical left” as a noun and the faction representing extreme left-wing political views, often Marxist or Maoist in ideology. Antifa “activists” fall under the definition of left-wing terrorists who don’t shy away from violence. Their primary tactic is to shut down their opponents’ free speech, one they constantly attempt to justify, as they attack conservatives and moderates at political rallies and on college campuses across the country.

Pundits on the left are eager to dismiss that they own the modern far left’s roots in extreme tactics, instead pointing to slave owners and segregationist of the past as proof of right-wing violence. The truth is that throughout history, both in America and elsewhere, the Left has been indisputably tied to violence and hateful rhetoric.

As The New York Times itself declared in an op-ed published in 2016, “The First Global Terrorists Were Anarchists in the 1890s.” In 1901, a radical socialist anarchist named Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley.

The emergence of left-wing domestic terrorist groups such as the Weather Underground, the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the Puerto Rican organization FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional) were harbingers of terror in the 1960s and 1970s.

A study in 2001, done on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Safeguards and Security, found that “Leftist extremists were responsible for three-fourths of the officially designated acts of terrorism in America in the 1980s.”

Funding for the Hard Left

Most Americans are not aware of the existence of a large network of far left philanthropists and foundations in America that are dedicated to destroying the American way of life, our Christian-based culture and our free enterprise system. What they seek to do is to remove America from its constitutional foundations and move it toward a European-style socialism. Much of this effort is coordinated by a little known group called the Tides Foundation and its related group, the Tides Center.

Four of Tides Center largest supporters are The Heinz Endowment led by John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry; George Soros; the Ford Foundation, which consistently supports causes Henry Ford would never have supported; and the Rockefeller Foundation that has been funding the left in America for 40 years. George Soros, however, is one of Antifa’s main financial sponsors. Soros doesn’t merely fund activism, but he also funds disruptive violence. His costumed baton-wielding squadrons amount to a private army.  It’s a militia of paid thugs similar to the Italian Blackshirts and the Nazi Brownshirts.

A video tweet posted by Beverley Hills Antifa‏ shows Antifa members demanding payments for their services. The quote reads: “ANTIFA DEMANDS GEORGE SOROS PAY US THE MONEY HE OWES. UNITE COMRADES AND FIGHT FOR $15/HOUR.

Ben Shapiro at Berkeley

The latest show of violence on the left took place on Thursday, September 14, when Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California Berkeley while protesters swarmed outside chanting various slogans. Police stood in full riot gear, standing guard as the school took extensive security measures, shutting down surrounding buildings and setting up a large perimeter around the hall where Shapiro gave a speech and answered questions. Shapiro’s speech can be heard here.

Regarding the environment at Berkeley and on many campuses throughout this nation, many students are infected by The Microaggression Mentality, that if I attack your politics, I’m attacking you identity — and that such political attacks are a form of “aggression” equivalent to violence.

ANTIFA and their supporters take the next step and justify their violence as “self-defense” against ideas with which they disagree, which they equate with violence. It doesn’t matter if those ideas are symbolized with burning crosses and swastikas or merely caps denoting support of President Trump’s agenda.

The University played their role in keeping people who wanted to hear Shapiro away. Many of the seats were left unfilled by officials fearing problems controlling a full house, leaving interested attendees stranded.

What should have been protected under the First Amendment of our Constitution, free speech, cost the city and state $1.5 million to maintain order just so Ben Shapiro’s free speech could take place. Billing the cost to national organizations, like ANTIFA, and other sponsors of armed protesters, taking away their bank accounts, buildings, computers, and iPhones, as they did with the Missouri KKK, might help to disrupt terrorist activity.  Perhaps fear of arrest, prosecution and ruined careers would help to stem violence, with a possible exception of Bill Ayers at Chicago and Chelsea Manning at Harvard.

Snowflakes exhibit moral weakness

A person on Fox news cited the moral weakness endemic on college campuses, where students need counseling when confronted by ideas foreign to their sheltered existence, while 70 years ago boys their age or younger charged into German machine gun fire on Normandy Beach despite overwhelming odds they would die in the process. The same happened on a smaller scale, no less deadly, on islands in the Pacific, like Peleliu,Tarawa and Okinawa and tradition continues with modern heroes in Iraq, Afghanistan, on other hot spots throughout the world.

That was the “Greatest Generation,” leaving no family untouched in America. We still have those up to the challenge, but who are often lumped with those the Left despises. Small wonder our enemies don’t seem to fear us (until it’s too late).

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Heartland’s new president Dr. Tim Huelskamp, former Congressman Joe Walsh

By Nancy Thorner – 

Heartland Institute introduced its new president, Dr. Tim Huelskamp at what many attendees hope will be an annual event on the afternoon of September 9: the Picnic for Freedom! Some 200 friends of liberty gathered at Heartland’s facility in Arlington Heights on a picture perfect day of bright sunshine, a mild temperature, and a gentle breeze.

Visitors were there to meet Dr. Huelskamp, meet featured speaker Joe Walsh – whose AM 560 show is now syndicated nationally on the Salem Radio Network – and to also wish Godspeed to Joseph Bast, Heartland’s president since its founding in 1984, and his wife Diane Bast, who has worked as an editor at Heartland almost as long as her husband.

For many Joe and Diane Bast represent the face of Heartland with its mission to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Their hard work and dedication was instrumental in developing The Heartland Institute into a premium think tank known throughout the world, especially as one promoting skepticism of man-made climate change. Joe and Diane Bast plan to step down from their current positions at Heartland in January to travel, kayak, camp, and spend time with family. After three decades of great work for the freedom movement, it’s a well-earned rest.

Heartland’s new president, Tom Huelskamp, Ph,D., comes to Heartland as a former three-term member of Congress and a well-known conservative leader. He was a fifth-generation family farmer in Kansas, where he farmed for more than 30 years. Dr. Huelskamp and his wife Angela are proud parents of four children.

Festive Atmosphere Awaits Guests

A festive atmosphere greeted me as I entered the site of Heartland’s Picnic for Freedom. Many tables were set about on the parking lot for guests to enjoy the plentiful picnic fare provided by a catered food service from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., some with overhead covering for protection from the sun. The pleasing and varied menu offered hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, barbecue chicken, fresh sweet corn, potato salad, watermelon, and chips. Going away hungry was not an option! Also on hand was a popcorn machine, manned by Heartland Graphic Designer Donny Kendal, which churned out tasty popcorn to be enjoyed by young and old throughout the afternoon. Music provided by DJ and Heartland Communications Intern Andy Singer (studying management at DePaul University) enhanced the celebratory atmosphere, as did balloons which were scattered about.

Free items were given out to guests on two different occasions to the first 50 guests, including “Freedom Champions” T-shirts imprinted featuring Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ayn Rand. Heartland also gave away “Freedom Champions” posters featuring the people on the T-shirts, plus Ludwig von MisesBooker T. Washington, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Raffle tickets, with opportunities to win even more prizes, were sold throughout the afternoon to help raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

Heartland’s indoor event space, the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center, was open for guests to explore the display tables of picnic sponsors. These included the Lake County Gazette, a proud sponsor of LGIS – Local Government Information Services; Homeowners Defense AssociationAM 560 The Answer; Arlington Heights Tea Party; Virtual Agora; and West Suburban Patriots. Heartland extended thanks to the exhibitors for their continued community leadership. While checking out the exhibits, an assortment of cookies and cold drinks were available for the taking. Tables were also provided for those who preferred to be inside.

Speakers Laud Joe Bast

Midway through the event, attendees gathered round for a short program with four speakers.

Joe Walsh, well known to most of the attendees as a talk show host on AM 560 did not disappoint. He spoke with enthusiasm, further displaying the rather bombastic style he is known for. Walsh revealed that he had a connection to The Heartland Institute, being hired by Joe Bast and working for the organization from 1994 to 1996.

Walsh spoke of being elected to the U.S. House in 2010, the “Tea Party Revolution when Republicans won control of the House. Walsh revealed that both he and new Heartland president Tim Huelskamp were classmates in the 2010 election and became good buddies. But with the elevation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House in 2011, Walsh and Huelskamp became thorns in the side of House leadership. They both voted their consciences, for freedom, and this made Boehner dislike them – which Walsh and Huelskamp wore as a badge of honor. Walsh only lasted one term; Huelskamp lasted three. But it was evident from their interactions at the Picnic for Freedom that the two men remain good friends.

Walsh called our current political times “crazy” stressing how we must hang on the ideals that unite us: freedom and limited government. In speaking about Joe Bast, Walsh compared him to our Founding Fathers in that he doesn’t crave the limelight. Joe Bast is happiest when he can sit in a room and write. Nevertheless, Bast’s years of dedication and selfless effort at Heartland has done much to advance the Freedom Movement, which will continue to thrive under Tim Huelskamp. In commenting about the 36-year marriage of Joe and Diane Bast, their tenure at Heartland was a team effort all the way – and obviously a labor of love for both.

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Joe Bast & Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes; Heartland’s Donny Kendal & Jim Lakely

Joe Bast was next, and he didn’t lose any time in assuring his many admirers and friends that both he and his wife Diane were healthy and had no plans to go into politics. As he reflected upon his and Diane’s many years at Heartland, Joe related how he and Diane had tried to strike a balance in their lives, but were unable to do so. Deciding not to have kids, both of them worked 60 hours a week for decades, and such a schedule would become wearing for anyone. So Bast made a decision: When he reached 60, which happens next January, he would step down. Joe believes that the best days are ahead for Heartland and that the organization will grow even larger in the years ahead.

Next, Tim Huelskamp took the microphone. Huelskamp left Kansas with his family and moved to Illinois because he wanted to make a difference. He said he is honored to hold the position of president of The Heartland Institute. The former congressman spoke of Washington as being broken and as a swamp. Republicans made promises when running for office, but they are not following through with them. Worse, they are not allowing Trump to implement some of the same policies they said they supported – for instance, repealing Obamacare. Accordingly, the real action must now take place in the states, which is where it should be.

Freedom demands that we make decisions for ourselves. Our Founding Fathers realized that human nature would make man want to put his trust in government. As the Founding Fathers didn’t even trust themselves, they fashioned the Constitution to reflect the importance of individual human freedom.

In his stirring speech, Huelskamp said that if the Freedom Movement is snuffed out in this nation it will fail everywhere, for this nation stands as the last best hope in a world controlled by dictators and despots. But there is “Hope in the Heartland,” and in America’s heartland values. He asked those present to help advance liberty and the values of the heartland by supporting The Heartland Institute.

Finishing the program was Executive Assistant Wanda L. Davis who read a funny and touching poem by Heartland supporter Tom Tripp in tribute to Joe Bast.

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Wanda Davis; David Parrenborn & Diane Bast

Outstanding Guests, But Too Many to List Them All

I was able to personally meet many of the guests. I was impressed that Heartland Institute Research Fellow Bette Grande, a former state legislature in North Dakota, had flown in with her husband to attend the event. She works on energy and environment (and sometimes pensions) for Heartland.

Sitting at a table inside the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center I met George Clowes and his wife Joan. George told me that he had served as founding managing editor of Heartland’s School Reform News between November 1996 and January 2005. During those eight years, he solicited and edited hundreds of articles reporting on the latest developments in curriculum, school choice, school finance, and other aspects of school reform. He also authored many articles for School Reform News, including a lengthy interview each month with a leading figure in the school choice movement. Clowes remains a Heartland senior fellow for education policy.

A Fitting Postlude

Even though all signs of Heartland’s Picnic for Freedom have been removed, and the back parking lot is once again being used for its intended purpose, the flame of freedom continues to burn brightly at The Heartland Institute.

Dr. Huelskamp’s boundless energy and personable nature was evident to all who met him at Heartland’s picnic. Despite the many feelings of loss and regret expressed to Joe and Diane over their impending departure, Huelskamp’s presence bodes well for the future of the organization in its mission to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems in the years ahead.





By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

It was a shock and extreme disappointment to learn Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 31, an unpopular bill that appears to have designated Illinois a sanctuary state. It forbids the arrest or detainment of our nearly 500,000 illegal aliens and it shields them from federal immigration laws.

The Chicago Tribune noted:

1) The new law will essentially make it impossible for Illinois police to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they have a suspected criminal illegal alien, thus increasing the possibility that they will be released into the general public.

2) The sanctuary state law makes it illegal for local law enforcement to arrest an illegal alien, even if the individual is wanted by ICE for immigration violations.

The new law requires a judicial warrant before any Illinois agency can cooperate or provide information to federal immigration authorities or allow immigration agents to enter school, state or judicial buildings. Violation of immigration law is not mentioned as a “qualifying criminal activity” under this act.

Joining hands with California

It appears Illinois has joined hands with California’s Leftist Democrat leaders to protect those who violate our established immigration laws.  Shocked and angry patriots in Illinois are asking questions and searching for answers as to why their Governor made what they consider a horrendous decision that violates established immigration laws.

Apparently Governor Bruce Rauner is copying California’s lead to protect foreigners who disrespect and violate our immigration laws. We are left to question how all this will impact Illinois.  Will illegal immigrants now flood into the state and ultimately take jobs from our citizens?  Will they require and be rewarded with welfare payments, which will ultimately deplete funds designated for other purposes? Will this lack of law enforcement change the demographics of our neighborhoods?  These and other valid questions have not been sufficiently addressed or answered.

Officials claim this was a difficult decision and have attempted to justify it, but it remains highly unpopular with the general public who understands Illinois citizens will be paying a heavy price for this experiment.  This must not be labeled an act of compassion or be justified because of the one or two possible ways it could possibly prove helpful.  There is overwhelming evidence from states like California and countries in Europe, which proves not enforcing immigration laws bring unintended consequences to citizens.

Governor Rauner has just exposed Illinois citizens to potentially serious problems and he will “own” them all.

Facts do not lie

The Department of Justice data shows that more than 90 percent of foreign-born prisoners currently in the United States are illegal immigrants. It also indicates that about 24 percent of the entire federal prison population are foreign born: 45,493 to be exact. Of those, just 3,939 are U.S. citizens; the remaining 41,554 are in the United States illegally.

Apparently those who break one law are more likely to break more, which is a fact states like California and Illinois officials should have considered before protecting and even granting special favors.

The facts speak for themselves. Illegal immigrants have cost California citizens a whopping $30.29 billion a year. That is $7,352 per immigrant. Did Governor Rauner consider that once illegal immigrants learn Illinois has become a sanctuary state, there will be an influx of new immigrants flooding into the state?  Can Illinois afford what this will cost?  Do Illinoisans really want their taxes spent on foreign illegals, or would they rather they be used for needed improvement on state infrastructure projects?  California has proven what the next surprise will likely be:  a series of tax increases to pay for the costs of this Governor’s altruistic but misguided gesture.

Certainly Illinois state officials must be aware of the negative consequences California has endured, so why make the same mistakes? Perhaps it is for self-serving reasons.  Consider that California’s “undocumented illegal immigrants” are grateful to the politicians who help them at taxpayer expense.  They have an interest in keeping these officials in office, which is also true of Illinois, with an added nod from Republicans who are swayed by the demands of Big Business for a supply of cheap labor.

Voting made easy for illegals

Obviously, non-citizens are forbidden to vote.  However, those who ignore one law often ignore other laws too.  This applies to both illegal immigrants as well as the politicians, because both have chosen to ignore our long-held, established immigration laws.

Consider CA state officials have continually changed even more laws to accommodate their rising illegal immigrant population. They even rewarded those here illegally with CA driver licenses.   California officials also made it easy for illegal immigrants to vote.

First they gave the law breakers the right to get a CA drivers license.  While at the DMV, they also provided them with a Voter Registration Form which can be filled out, sent to the State, and the recipient will be automatically sent a “Vote by Mail” ballot the following election cycle.

There is no way the Voter Registrar can identify the mailed-in ballot as one from an “llegal,” because the CA State Department did not send the Voter Registrar any documentation as to the name or addresses of the illegals granted the CA driver licenses and voter registration form.

Outrageous? Most honest people would say absolutely and wonder how or why CA State officials allowed it, and/or why the media has ignored reporting it to the public.   Most Californians are not aware of the shocking changes in their laws, as Leftist media sources choose what and how to frame information they print.

Not to be outdone, SB 1933, signed into law by Governor Rauner on Monday, August 28, reforms Illinois’ current registration laws so that whenever an eligible Illinois citizen applies for, updates, or renews a driver’s license or state ID, he or she will be automatically be registered to vote at their new address.  It rivals California for being the most far-reaching automatic voter registration law in the country.

Forecasting Illinois’ future

Illinois residents should look to California as to what else they can expect in the future.

As suggested by co-writer Bonnie O’Neil, consider Santa Ana, the County Seat. The City Council is now comprised of all Hispanics, some may not even be legal American citizens. The Santa Ana City Council recently declared themselves a “Sanctuary City.”   Sadly, this CA city is not the exception, it is just one of many examples of Southern California cities where the demographics have drastically changed along with the culture.  Are Illinois residents prepared for these inevitable changes?

Consider also that Orange County, CA,had always been a Republican County up until the recent 2016 election, when results showed an unexpected surge in Democrat voters, which can be  attributed to the massive illegal immigrant population. The media has remained strangely silent on most all of these facts, including Santa Ana’s alarming increase of dangerous Hispanic gangs and major crime activity in the city.  Media sources have proved strangely silent on this sad development, but angry and disillusioned officers as well as citizens who fear for their lives are finally speaking out.

Shame on our elected officials

Our forefathers were brilliant and the proof is seen in the success of our Constitution and the laws they enacted, including those regarding immigration, which propelled America into becoming the leader of the World.   Why are these successful laws now being challenged, changed and/or ignored?  Shame on our elected officials for their lack of concern for American citizens, our established laws, and this nation’s heritage.  We are disgusted by shameful new legislation that grants rights to those who violate(d) our laws, rewards “anchor” babies and allows “chain migration.”

The 2016 election proved most American voters are disgusted with the lack of immigration law enforcement. Donald Trump was elected largely due to his promise to control our borders and deport illegal immigrants, especially those convicted of additional crimes while in the United States.

Sadly, most Democrats, and a few Illinois and California Republican leaders, have been willing to ignore established immigration rights and defy our Federal laws.  Trump was the outsider; the non-politician who resonated with the growing dissatisfaction of our people.  All politicians should consider this and take these facts very seriously.

What recourse do law-abiding patriots have when elected officials blatantly show disrespect for our laws?  We can remember the names of these politicians, inform and enlighten our friends, neighbors, and relatives, and then vote for their opponents at the next election.  For the sake of America, it is imperative we all become educated voters who choose our leaders wisely.

Consider this quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt:  “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. . . .”  Our country will remain powerful only if its citizens vote wisely.  We the people determine this country’s future and our own fate.


By Nancy Thorner (photos by Mark Weyermuller) – 

Illinois is facing tremendous challenges as corrupt and incompetent leadership is leading many good people to to take flight from this state. It would not be out of line to call what has been going on in Illinois politics for the past 40 years as pure evil. For too long little has been done to stop it.

Common sense does indicate that the righteous anger felt by many conservatives must be channeled into a common mission to fight back against those whose moral values do not reflect our values and for whom financial restraint is not a part of their lexicon.

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Illinois Conservatives United is a coalition or grassroots activists (whether solo or if you lead a group or organization) who desire to join with other grassroots conservative activists throughout Illinois for the purpose of making an impact on key state-wide issues. The coalition’s first key issue is to ensure election integrity to Illinois by forming and training teams from around the state to clean up voter rolls statewide.

This training took place over a two-day event, Strategy 2017: From Outrage to Action, on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Elmhurst. During the two-day conference many friendships were formed with fellow warriors who can now spur each other on to winning victories for Illinois in 2018.

The Conference officially began on Friday, August 18 with a 12 pm buffet Lunch, during which time participants had an opportunity to check out the seventeen exhibitors. Conference sponsors included Illinois Review, Freedom Works, The Heartland Institute, Illinois Family Action, and American Majority.

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Organizers Jan Shaw, Carol Davis, Jane Carrell – Keynote Speaker C.L. Bryant

Friday Afternoon

The Friday afternoon sessions were devoted to Campaign Support Training led by James Marter, former Candidate, U.S. Senate; Matt Batzel, National Executive Director of American Majority; and Lonnie Leitner, Chief of Staff of American Majority. American Majority has been training conservatives to run and win since 2008 and offers online or in-person training to give leaders and individuals running for office the necessary tools to run winning campaigns all over this nation, whether it be for school board or Congress.

For direct access to the excellent American Majority Friday afternoon presentations containing full transcripts and slides to download showing how to organize and run a winning campaign from start to finish, click on the sites below as provided by Matt Batzel, National Executive Director of American Majority. The sites are invaluable to those who are managing campaigns for Conservatives candidates to replace Republican legislators who have indicated they will not run again after voting with Democrats to increase taxes, as well as those managing campaigns to defeat Democrat incumbents.

To learn more about American Majority’s On-line courses go here.

On how to tell your story in a way that appeals to the head and the heart, to bring about meaningful change in your community and the country watch American Majority’s Youtube Video.

This site can serve as a tremendous Resource page for downloading “Your Campaign and Activism Toolbox” and for “Campaign Resource.”

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Saturday Conference Schedule

The Saturday Conference Schedule was a day-long event starting with a Continental Breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., and closing with a Dinner featuring Emily Stack and Rev. C.L. Bryant.   Rev. Bryant is recognized as one of Americas most Dynamic Orators and he is a highly sought after Speaker, Motivator, Activist, Organizer, Gospel Preacher. Bryant is the D.C. Senior Fellow at FreedomWorks.  Rev. Bryant didn’t disappoint as he delivered his words with fiery passion to those assembled eager to hear his message.

Featured early in the Saturday morning session was Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote. True the Vote (TTV) is a conservative vote-monitoring organization based in Houston, Texas whose stated objective is stopping voter fraud. The organization supports voter ID laws and trains volunteers to be election monitors and to spot and bring attention to suspicious voter registrations that its volunteers believe delegitimize voter eligibility.

The organization’s tag line is “If you see something at the polls that just doesn’t seem right, record it.Catherine Engelbrecht is the current president of TTV. Her message was well received given the amount of voter fraud that is happening throughout this nation.

Here in our own state of Illinois, a welcome sign and a way for illegals to vote represents a Leftist ideology that supersedes all else.

While the morning Saturday sessions were all about Election Integrity, the afternoon sessions highlighted

Tools for Activists in getting out their message. Featured speakers were Jim Lakely, Dr. Tim Huelskamp,

The Heartland Institute; James Marter, Matt Batzel, Social Media: How to the the Digital Activist Every Movement Needs ; Carol Davis, “Lightning Round: Solutions”; David Smith, Illinois Family Institute; John Kraft, Edgar County Watchdogs; Heidi Holan, Homeowners Defense Association, Brandi McGuire, Local Government Information Services; Walsh Freedom, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Higher Education (video); and Jim Muratori, Vickie Deppe, Veronica Harrison, Article V Convention of States, about which there exists formidable opposition in going forward with an Article V Convention of States.

Organizers of the Conference

Following are organizers of the second Strategy conference who deserve much praise for all their hard work, time, and effort it took to provide a venue for grassroots activists to join together to avail themselves to the tools that are necessary to fight back against the forces in Illinois, which, left unchallenged, will only mean that Illinois will slip further into the abyss of no return as an officially recognized failed state.

  • Lyn Beets, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Jane Carrell, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Carol Davis, West Suburban Patriots
  • Linda Iverson, Huntley Tea Party
  • James Marter, Former Candidate, U.S. Senate
  • Loretta Savee, Northern Illinois Tea Party
  • Jan Shaw, West Suburban Patriots
  • David Smith, Illinois Family Action
  • Claire Van Horn, DuPage Tea Party

Exhibitors not aligned with featured speakers

Illinois Review,; Mendrick for Sheriff,; David Shestokas, J.D.Author,; Turning Point U.S.A.,; and Vitual Agora,


By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

Has there ever been a time in America’s history when leaders of the losing party plotted and executed a plan to destroy our President even before he officially took office?

The election of President Trump on November 9, 2016, immediately triggered such an unprecedented action, perpetrated by specific powerful Leftists. This was done blatantly and aggressively in plain sight and the perpetrators call their effort “The Resistance.”

If this had been initiated a year after President Trump took office and there were obvious, verifiable reasons for such an effort, it might have some credibility. That is not the case. Instead, this “Resistance” effort began way before Trump was given a chance to prove himself capable of the position. Additionally, the “Resistance” effort is well funded and has the help of many like-minded Leftist groups, Democrat officials, and a willing Leftist national media that thrives on controversy.

Established principles have been abandoned by this “Resistance” and replaced with what some consider treasonous actions intended to destroy our duly elected President. Sadly, the mainstream media appears to be aiding and abetting them.  This is the same media who jealously protected Obama and Hillary, thus it is not a surprise they have chosen to work with the “Resistance” against President Trump. Apparently these people are unconcerned as to the potential harm their nefarious efforts create for our Country. We all may suffer consequences of their unprecedented actions, as they threaten our Constitution, our nation’s reputation, further elections, and America’s future.

Donald J. Trump is a successful businessman, not a career politician, which was one reason many voted for Trump in deference to one of the other Republican presidential candidates. Trump represented a stunning repudiation of career politicians and a call for a different direction than that of the Obama administration. This election proved our citizens to be more concerned with a vibrant economy than the Democrat’s social ideals and a one-world-government approach that would smother American patriotism.

Leftists shocked over Trump’s election

Can you imagine how totally shocked Democrats were when the election proved the majority of our voters were not fooled by the Left’s tactics to protect Hillary? Politicians and the media underestimated the American voter’s intelligence, but more shocking yet is that they are not yet willing to abide by the election results on November, 2016. Their continual efforts to daily malign, marginalize, and destroy Trump’s presidency, which is joined at the hip by the unprecedented “Resistance” movement likewise conniving to topple the current Administration and President Trump, would border on treasonous behavior at other times in this nation’s history when the rule of law was respected on both sides of the political spectrum.

Laura Hollis, associate professor of teaching, Department of Accountancy at Mendoza College of Business, and concurrent associate professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, wrote this thoughtful article on the subject of why our new President is being unduly harassed, Socialism’s failures and the war on Trump, published on August. 10, 2017. Hollis sets forth an interesting opinion based on the facts surrounding the unprecedented backlash Trump has faced.

I am increasingly of the opinion that the basis for the inflamed, visceral hatred of President Donald Trump in some quarters is neither his occasional vulgarity, nor his propensity to toss out “un-presidential” insults, nor the “misogyny” and “sexism” the left pretends to see in his every word.

Rather, it’s that his presidency has torn the veil off of the left’s inexorable and – until recently – largely obscured march toward a socialist America. Trump has exposed and discredited many of the institutions and mechanisms the left uses to execute its fundamental transformation: the media, the entertainment industry and academia.

Furthermore, he is an unabashed capitalist, a walking manifestation of American achievement through commerce. And for this, they despise him.

Five powerful sources conspire to destroy Trump

In his Opening Monologue on May 16, 2017, Sean Hannity called out the five powerful forces that have aligned to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency:  1) “destroy-Trump propaganda media”; 2)  the “Democrat Party;” 3) the “deep state establishment within the bureaucracy;” 4) “establishment Republicans;” and 5) “NeverTrump-ers.”

There are also Never-Trump-ers entrenched in the NSA, FBI, CIA and State Department, and, although a small minority, they have proved to be less than loyal to our new President and therefore potentially dangerous.  Some within the FBI disregarded their oath of confidentiality and leaked classified information, including private conversations between President Trump and World leaders. Media sources published the classified information, causing patriots to question this treasonous behavior and express concern over why there was little national media outrage over this violation of ethics.

Media sources are quick to criticize our President, yet display no hesitation to show their hypocrisy when they ignore or minimize his accomplishments, including a record breaking high stock market and the lowest unemployment numbers we have seen in many years.  In so doing they not only cause President Trump harm, but our nation as well.  Other country’s leaders and citizens are forming opinions of our President based on our media’s constant negatives and biased articles. How does this benefit our Country?

A recent example of the blatantly biased media can be seen in the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Virginia mayhem on August, September 13, 2017.   The press became unhinged in their effort to criticize Trump’s comments.  Yet, many of us who heard his speech could not understand their outrage, as his remarks were appropriate and confirmed by Virginia officials.  Some tried to blame only one side, but pictures and witnesses proved Trump correct, as both sides participated in the chaos.  Little blame was applied to City officials who did not offer proper supervision and thus allowed the chaos to escalate without any serious intervention.  American citizens are desperate for unbiased reporting.

Butler University in Indianapolis is now offering a class this fall on the anti-Trump protest movement. Met with criticism by members of the community, the University is still determined to offer it.  Look for this to become a new class in colleges throughout the Country.  It would not be unreasonable to predict that the Leftist administrators and professors who dominate our colleges and universities will present the issue from a Leftist viewpoint. Surely there are many taxpayers who oppose the idea of tax payers largely financing these Leftist ideas in government funded schools.

Obama likely involved in “Resistance” –  Enter billionaire George Soros

It is equally “telling” that President Obama has chosen not to honor the American tradition of former Presidents to leave Washington D.C. and return home and avoid politics.  This tradition graciously allows a “smooth transition of power” for the new Administration.  Obama chose to break the tradition. He bought a home down the street from the White House and moved his former consultant, Valerie Jarrod, into his home. These and other facts indicate Obama also appears to be involved in the “Resistance” and most likely a leader within it.

In a report published in August of this year, Jeff Reynold revealed other groups involved in the Trump “Resistance” effort via a 49-page document marked PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL, wherein the entire anti-Trump Soros plan was revealed.  Called Democracy Matters,Strategic Plan For Action, the plan lists four leftist partner organizations, all funded and backed by George Soros.

These organizations include Media Matters, American Bridge 21st Century, CREW, and Shareblue.

Reynold identified the mission of CREW as the most dangerous. If successful it will result in a steady flow of damaging information and continual new revelations, forcing the Trump Administration to defend themselves in Court.  This will then result in the exit of previous powerful Trump supporters.

Fighting back against the left

Does all of the above sound too horrendous to be true?  If we hadn’t already seen evidence of the above happening, it would be easy to dismiss this as just a vicious tale too incredible to be believed; however, we have proof!  We have already witnessed seditious actions by some who have stated and written far more than what our laws would identify as permissible.  In a perfect world these perpetrators would be guilty of treasonous acts.

It is incumbent upon all of us who love America to take action and oppose these detrimental forces, whether a Republican or Democrat, because this unprecedented plot against our President will have serious consequences for all if this treachery is allowed to continue. This is not just about President Trump, it is about the security, strength, and viability of America going forward.  Do not let Leftists win, because if they do succeed, we risk this being a new norm for our future elections.

How and what specifically can “we the people” do to protect our president and nation?

1.  Write your Congressman expressing your strong concerns.

2.  Send a 200 word letter to the editors of newspapers and other media sources in your state

3.  Share your concerns with friends, family, neighbors, organizations, and church leaders

The more who know the facts, the better chance we have of stopping these unAmerican tactics.  Patriots, let’s fight back with logic, facts, and the passion of our forefathers who sacrificed much more to give us this wonderful Country and Constitution.

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By Nancy Thorner  (Photos by Mark Weyermuller)

BOLINGBROOK – Tuesday night, three national conservative personalities – WIND AM 560’s Joe Walsh, Salem Radio’s Hugh Hewitt and’s Guy Benson announced their grades of the Trump presidency thus far.

None of the three were hesitant to give their opinions as to what they thought about Trump’s presidency which has been maligned daily by the mainstream media, the Shadow government, Democrat leaders past and present, organizations funded by billionaire Democrat donor, George Soros and Never Trumpers. All those have been a detriment to Trump’s success, besides members of his own Republican Party that don’t realize that by participating in the on-going concerted effort to destroy Trump and his presidency, they are contributing to what would be the destruction of this nation and the principles upon which this nation was founded.

Joe Walsh’s initial remark to the assembled was greeted enthusiastically:  “She isn’t president anymore!” Not so with Joe’s second remark, which at least caused me to question what surprises might be in store for me:  “We all don’t think the same on everything.”


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I already knew that I was in disagreement with Joe Walsh about Trump’s Afghanistan remarks of the night before (August 22), having heard Walsh state his firm opposition to Trump’s decision to remain in Afghanistan instead of pulling out, while listening to The Joe Walsh Show while driving to the Bolingbrook event.

I was pleased to hear later on in the program that Hugh Hewitt thought Trump’s Afghanistan address was one of the four best speeches he had given so far, rating with the ones in Saudi Arabia, his Joint Address to Congress, and his speech in Warsaw, Poland.  Hewitt went on to call Trump’s Afghanistan speech as Trump’s “Better Angel” moment, specifically because Trump honored all of the military and admitted the difficulty that comes with the job of being president (changing his mind because of threats perceived). Guy Benson elaborated on the aspect of humility and on Trump’s ability to display such humility.

Discussion of the previous weekend’s events in Charlottesville was another divisive topic that engendered controversy regarding the nature of Trump’s Tuesday news conference of August 15  in front of Trump Towers, as Hugh Hewitt and Guy Benson raked Trump over the coals, seeming to take their cues from the Left and further condemning Trump’s rhetoric as “not presidential,” which, I’m sure will continue to be a thorn in the side of both Hewitt and Benson.

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Not so with Joe who rated the combative encounter of Trump and the media as very good. As Joe said, 67% of Republicans liked what Trump said and how he said it, believing that Trump had initially condemned all hate, but that Democrats only see hate on one side — the Republican side.

With the failure of the Republican U.S. Senate and House to pass a Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare, this discussion fostered some rather unorthodox views.  To Hewitt’s credit he did label all 5 healthcare systems in America as broken, but then went on to claim that McCain’s vote, which defeated the Senate’s healthcare bill, was a vendetta against McConnell.  Benson, in turn, blamed the House Freedom Conference for the problems encountered by the House in crafting its bill.

Once again Joe spoke up in his usual no-hold-back way: “If Republicans can’t get something done, we will lose the House.”  In countering Joe’s pessimistic view, Benson said: “Thank God for having Nancy Pelosi as Leader in the U.S House.”  As to the Senate, “We have ten Democrats in the Senate up in 2018 for re-election whose states were won by Donald Trump.”  Not to be outdone, Walsh came back with, “Republicans haven’t done squat!”

The two most shocking revelations of the night were 1) comments by Hewitt and Benson about how they viewed Republican leaders McConnell and Ryan and 2) whether they were supportive of Senator Jeff Flake’s re-election bid in Arizona given his public assault on Trump.

Walsh stated unequivocally that both Ryan and McConnell have been in office way too long and new blood is needed in the House and Senate leadership positions. There will also be no endorsement forthcoming from Joe for Senator Flake.

Not so with Hugh Hewitt who described Mitch McConnell as the “best leader Republicans have had in the Senate for years.”  His support of Mitch seemed to be based solely in that McConnell had saved the Supreme Court by getting Judge Gorsuch confirmed. Benson likewise touted the Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme Court, further noting that it’s difficult to corral the members of the Senate.

As a friend of House Leader Paul Ryan, Benson further expressed the need for Ryan’s institutional expertise to govern. Notwithstanding that Arizona’s Senator Flake has a visceral dislike for Trump and that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to keep Flake in the Senate with massive funds available to him to spend to keep the status quo in the Senate, both Hewitt and Benson are on the side of Mitch McConnell in their support of Flake, believing that it’s better to keep the seat Republican by eviscerating a Republican challenger, even if the “R” in front of Flake’s name means nothing.

Grades Assigned to Trump by Benson, Hewitt and Walsh

Near the end of the event, Benson, Hugh, and Walsh gave their own letter grade as to how they viewed Trump’s seven months in office and the reason for their grade. Having heard how Benson and Hewitt were less than complimentary in many of their comments, I was surprised by the marks both Benson and Hugh assigned President Trump.

Guy Benson, in averaging all his likes and dislikes, arrived at a “C”.  Benson likes Trump’s conservative cabinet and the appointment of Justice Gorsuch.

Hugh Hewitt assigned Trump a “B”.  Mentioned specifically for not giving Trump a higher grade was Hewitt’s belief that Trump’s Department of Defense is a failure. He said the Secretary of State should have been John Bolton or Nikki Haley.

Joe Walsh assigned the highest mark to Trump, an “A-“, further mentioning all the amazing things going on after the regulatory government of the past administration.

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In Conclusion

Although Joe Walsh makes known his disappointment with President Trump on his weekday radio program, he did express his support for Trump on almost every issue and stood out as the most supportive of Trump.  Joe is honest, blunt, not always politically correct, and you know where he stands. These are the same traits that appeal to Trump supporters and why they remain loyal to him, despite efforts to discredit him.  Hewitt exposed himself as an establishment Republican talk show host, while Guy Benson pegged himself as just another establishment Republican

Voices of dissent could be heard from time to time from those in attendance when displeasing Trump remarks were made, but as is apt to happen when an audience of Republican conservatives and Tea Party members are brought together, they were respectful of the speakers.  However, stunned looks could be seen on the faces of those in attendance as they left the event, still puzzling over some of what Hewitt and Benson had to say.

I also talked to several attendees on the way out of the event who felt the same way about Hugh Hewitt and Guy Benson.

Questions and Answers were entertained, but had to be cut short when Joe Walsh announced that Hugh Hewitt had to leave because because had to be up early the next morning for his radio show.