Register for the 2013 Convention Today!
Join us for this year’s Libertarian Party of Illinois Convention! Friday September 20th to Sunday the 22nd at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn. Located at 205 Remington Blvd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.
The convention schedule is listed below the ticket sales.
Attention: 2014 Candidates and Potenial Candidates
If you know you want to run for office in 2014 as a Libertarian then attending this years convention in September will be your biggest opportunity to:
- Receive nomination as an official LP Illinois candidate
- Meet Libertarian leaders from around the state
- Network for your campaign
- Build support and awareness of your campaign
- Learn about running and managing a campaign
If you are thinking of running for office this is your opportunity to get your feet wet. Meet people who would be there to support you and help your potential campaign, ultimately this will help you decide whether you want to run for office or not.
Either way this convention will be a major resource for deciding to run for office or building the foundation of your campaign. Nominations for office will be held during the convention weekend which presents your best opportunity of obtaining an official nomination from LP Illinois.
All weekend event packages!
Specialty tickets are for individual events.
- Saturday Luncheon includes Saturday lunch and lunch speakers only, $40
- Saturday Night Banquet includes speakers and events after dinner only, $75
- Sunday brunch only, before annual business meeting, $40
- Speaker Tom Woods only, $35
- Any other single speaker only, $25
Friday Night, September 20th
7:00pm - Late! Open to the public, cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres, Liberty Karaoke hosted by Robert Murphy
Saturday, September 21st
(Saturday morning is scheduled with 15 minute breaks between speakers)
9:00am Mary Ruwart, Keynote address: “Why Liberty Is the Only Solution to the Health Care Crisis”
10:15am Dianna Visek “Dealing with Drones”
11:30am Saturday luncheon, Radley Balko “Police-State America?”
1:00pm Robert Murphy, “Teaching Keynesians Real Economics”
2:15pm Thomas Hill and R. Lee Wrights, “Nullification!”
3:30-5:00pm Debate: “Resolved, non-intervention is the most effective and moral policy for the defense of America” Ken Prazak, Lee Wrights, Bruno Behrend, David Applegate
7:45pm Tom Woods, “Radical and Effective Libertarian Politics”
9:30pm Live Auction
Sunday, September 22nd
9:00am Annual Meeting
11:00am Sunday brunch speaker: Steve Horwitz, “Engaging Progressives with Libertarian Solutions”
12:30 Annual Meeting Continues
Convention Speaker Biographys
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse. Woods' writings have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, and have appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the Christian Science Monitor and Human Rights Review.
Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in business and economic studies at the Pacific Research Institute, and an adjunct scholar and frequent speaker at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He writes a column for Townhall.com and has also written for LewRockwell.com. Murphy is a self-described anarcho-capitalist who advocates privatization of the legal system, and has authored several books elaborating on this position, including a 7th-10th grade textbook on Austrian School economics entitled Lessons for the Young Economist.
Radley Balko is a senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, where he covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system, and a former senior editor for Reason magazine, where his weekly column and investigative features were finalists for and won a number of journalism awards. Balko's work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (Hudson v. Michigan), and cited and excerpted by the Mississippi State Supreme Court (Mississippi v. Edmonds). His reporting on the Cory Maye case, in which Maye mistakenly killed a police officer in a mistaken drug raid, helped Maye get off death row and win a new trial. Maye was released in July 2011. His extensive reporting on controversial Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne led to a new trial and an acquittal for 13-year-old murder suspect Tyler Edmonds, and eventually Hayne's termination. Balko&rsruo;s research and reporting on the criminal justice system has been profiled in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, and the Showtime program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.
Steven Horwitz, Ph.D., is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics and department chair at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective, and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order. In addition to several dozen articles in numerous professional journals, he has also done nationally recognized public policy work on the role of the private sector during Hurricane Katrina. His ongoing research in the field of economic and social theory of the family earned him the Hayek Prize in 2010 from the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order.
Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D., is a research scientist and libertarian activist who was a leading candidate for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination. She is the author of the award-winning international bestseller Healing Our World: The Other Piece of the Puzzle, which has gone through three editions since its initial release in 1992. Ruwart spent 19 years as a pharmaceutical research scientist for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, and has written extensively on government regulation of the drug industry. She has run for several political offices on the Libertarian Party ticket since first seeking the presidential nomination in 1984.
Bruno Behrend, J.D. is the executive director of For the Good of Illinois, and a senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute. In 2008, Mr. Behrend co-authored Illinois Deserves Better - The Ironclad Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for a Constitutional Convention. He also advised various groups seeking to rewrite the Legislative article of the Illinois Constitution, an effort which may be voted on in the 2010 election. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Behrend hosted a radio show in the northern Chicago Metropolitan area. The show featured notables such as publisher Steve Forbes, Phoenix University Founder John Sperling, columnist Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and Heartland Senior Fellow Jay Lehr.
Roger Lee Wrights is the founder, editor, and publisher of the online libertarian newsletter Liberty For All, and the National Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. Wrights was an unsuccessful contender for the 2012 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, finishing as first runner-up to Gary Johnson. He has been an editor of the Rational Review News Digest since 2002, and has held several positions in the Libertarian Party since 2000.
David Applegate is a partner in the Chicago law firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., and has been honored by the Judges of the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association for his continuing and career-long commitment to handling cases concerning police brutality and excessive force pro bono. He is a Heartland Institute contributor.
Ken Prazak is the State Vice Chair of the Illinois Libertarian Party and has been a libertarian activist all his adult life. He has been on the Libertarian National Committee and served for many years as newsletter editor for the LPI, Development Director for the LPI, and editor for a quarterly publication for the Heartland Institute. He is co-founder of the Fox Valley Libertarian Party. For the past sixteen years he has hosted the “Freedom Rings” radio program out of Elgin, IL. In his two-year fight against the seat belt law, he achieved international attention and appeared on MSNBC’s cable news show hosted by Tucker Carlson.