Historical Context

The Republican Party began in a little schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. A small group of dedicated abolitionists gathered to fight the expansion of slavery, and they gave birth to a Party dedicated to freedom and equal opportunity.

The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The McLean County Republican Party was formed shortly after. Since our first days working for Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign to supporting Bruce Rauner in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election, the McLean County Republican Party is working hard for you.

We are revamping programming; energizing our volunteers; bringing more accountability into our public arena.  Join the movement to save our state and our community from the economic down slide we are experiencing.    

The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning. This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all- The Republican Party is the party of opportunity.