• Special Coffee and Conversation July 12

    Join us for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, July 12 from 10 am to 12 pm. Our featured guest will be State Central Committeewoman Jan Weber. Jan represents part of our county at the State Central Committee of the Illinois Republican Party. She will be up for election by our county precinct committeemen at the county convention on July 28. Jan will give an overview of the function of the Illinois GOP and answer questions about the role of a State Central Committeeman. 

  • 4th of July Republican Style 2022

    We had a wonderful 4th of July Republican Style walking with our float in three 4th of July parades, Towanda, Downs and Chenoa. There were a great number of walkers and so many Republican candidates taking part, such as State Senator Sally Turner, State Senator Jason Barickman, State Rep Dan Caulkins and State Representative Tom Bennett. A special thanks to Brandon Hepner and Kevin Lower who helped with logistics, and a shout-out to all the volunteers that walked with our County GOP float, and other entries for Gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, US Senate candidate Kathy Salvi, Secretary of State Candidate Dan Brady, County Board Candidates Vicki Schultz, Jerry Klinkner, Jim Soeldner, Bill Friedrich and Ross Webb. Together we can restore our state and protect our county.

  • Focus on Mental Health Needs Instead Gun Control

    McLean County Republican party chairman has released a statement in the wake of the Chicago 4th of July shootings

  • Price of Independence Day Cookout Substantially More than Last Year

    Leon Kaeb, McLean County GOP, has released a statement on high costs for food for the upcoming 4th of July holiday celebrations.

  • Republican Candidates made their case to voters.

    June 18, 2022 Breakfast with Candidates

    Chairman, Connie Beard

    17th Congressional Candidate Esther Joy King

    (not pictured Candidate Charlie Helmick)

    Secretary of State Candidate

    Dan Brady

    Candidate for State Representative District 105th

    Kyle Ham

    Candidate for State Representative District 105th

    Dennis Tipsword

    Candidate for State Representative District 105th

    Mike Kirkton

    Candidate for State Representative District 87

    Mary Burress

    Candidate for State Representative District 88th

    Dan Caulkins

    Candidate for State Representative District 106th

    Tom Bennet

    Candidate for State Representative District 91st.

    Scott Preston

    Candidate for 11th Judicial Court Judge

    Don Knapp (currently State Attorney)

    Candidate for County Board District 4

    Jerry Klinkner

    Candidate for County Board District 4

    Steve Harsh

    Candidate for County Board District 7

    Don Crop

    Candidate for County Board District 7

    Geoff Tompkins

    Candidate for County Sheriff

    Matt Lane 

    Good attentive crowd. 

    A full house enjoyed hearing from the wide range of candidates. 

    Chairman Connie Beard and Dan Caulkins, current state representative for 101st but running for the newly redistricted 88th.

    Connie Beard, Chairman, McLean County Republicans has released a statement regarding the June Breakfast with Candidates.

  • A Father's Day Reflection

    In 1972, Republican President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. We celebrate Father’s Day on June 19th this year. 

    This national observance provides everyone with a reminder of the importance of fathers. It also serves as a reminder and an opportunity to acknowledge and thank fathers everywhere for their contributions to their families and society.

    Fathers play critical roles in their families – motivator, enforcer, encourager, trainer, and counselor. There is no doubt that children who grow up without a fatherly presence in the home are significantly disadvantaged. We know that children who grow up with absentee fathers often are more likely to end up in poverty or drop out of school, become addicted to drugs, have a child out of wedlock, or end up in prison.

    Men bring traits to the family that mothers sometimes do not or cannot. It is said that men are often more logical, analytical, and rational, and that women are more intuitive, holistic, creative, and integrative. By being good role models in cooperation with mothers, fathers help their children to reach their maximum potential. 

    Father's Day allows children to express love, appreciation, and respect for their fathers and acknowledge their essential roles in their children's lives. Expressing these sentiments helps strengthen the father-child relationship regardless of the age of the father or child.

    There are many other types of fathers as well. God the Father, Founding Fathers, and spiritual fathers all play a vital fatherly roles in our lives. This Father's Day, let us not forget to affirm the goodness that our fathers of every type have shown us.

    Let us not forget come election time that the Republican Party supports policies that affirm all fathers’ roles in our families, our country, and even our faith life.

  • Flag Day

    Perhaps lost in the commotion of modern times and too much media, National Flag Day is June 14 of every year since 1916, when it was authorized by President Woodrow Wilson. Flag Day is a time to pause and reflect on the cause of our American Flag, the union standard. There are some communities in the United States that have a parade and special commemoration ceremony for honor to the flag. It stands above all others as true for freedom and liberty all around the world. The first American flag was officially designed by Francis Hopkinson, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, though Betsy Ross gets the traditional honor for her famed service in the American Revolution against the British. Betsy’s grandson, William Canby, in 1870 made declaration that she should not be memorialized as the originator, though she still is. Old Glory was created with future posterity and never-ending expansion of American land with 13 stripes alternating red and white plus a white star in a field of blue. The 13 stripes represent the first 13 states, and each star as one state, sewn into the field of blue, as These United States. Our American Flag and "The Star Spangled Banner," as national anthem, coupled together are the best representation for political freedom and liberty that the world has ever known. We should all be thankful Old Glory still waves O’er the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. And forever hoping she waves for our children’s children.

  • Primary Candidates Make Their Case

    McLean County Republicans have released a statement on the upcoming Breakfast with the Candidates

  • Education

    As the older brother of three kids volunteering at my siblings' school, I have had the privilege of working with the curious, brilliant, and bilingual minds of third-graders in our community. As a volunteer, I have witnessed the stoking and fanning of their intellectual sparks and wit at the hands of a capable and thoroughly invested teacher. In the walls of that Bent Elementary School classroom, I felt assured that the minds of that next generation were in good hands.

    But education is a living thing, measured for just as long and fostered beyond the confines of one class or one school. After all, a student never stays in one place for long.

    In today’s political climate everything is at issue; history, math, science even language. America First, Not-In-Our-Schools, the polarization is real.

    But what is also real is that America is last in education; what is also real is that our kids are hardly in-our-schools.

    We are in an education crisis.

    No amount of spending alone will ameliorate the problem, as the causes are not limited to a question of funding. The truth of the matter is that our education system, itself a microcosm of society, is reflecting the darkness and degradation of our own society at large.

    At issue we have: a lack of parental investment, a lack of community involvement, a preponderance of absenteeism, a prevalence of violence, widespread drug abuse, increasing cases of depression and suicide, incidents of mass shootings, stories of intergenerational issues, problems with standardized testing, shortages of teachers, and skyrocketing tuition prices, to name a few.

    It is a daunting reality and an even more daunting task to fix these problems, but what greater a cause can there be than our nation’s children? For this reason we will tackle the education dilemma head on and propose solutions that build upon the promise of the American Dream.

  • They

    In the ides of war, we demand victory, and They deliver victory. In the ides of peace, we demand vigilance, and They remain vigilant. In the ides of death we demand sacrifice, and They give sacrifice. 

    But who are they?

    It is “They.” They that come from the farthest fields, the smallest towns, and the densest cities. They that have many colored faces and many toned voices. It is They whose hearts and bodies bear the burdens of our nation’s thoughts and other nations' perversions.

    From our homeland’s shores to distant beaches. From the ships at moor to those in the breaches. Through trench and range, fighting for right and for change.

    They are known and unknown, but They are the shoulders, the giants that we stand upon.

    In this last Monday of May, on Memorial Day, we remember They.