The Monthly Publication of the Libertarian Party of Illinois
“The very essence of tyranny is defined by the blind enforcement of stupid laws.”
-Sherriff Richard Mack
“the united States of America and its people ought to be Free and Independent, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to unconstitutional and immoral law”
-excerpt from the “New Declaration of Independence”
State Convention Brings Big Names
Michael Fogelsanger, Steve Hellin, Ken Prazak as the Founding Fathers
Following Saturday Night’s banquet, awards were presented to outstanding Illinois Libertarians. Julie Fox won the Edward Bushel Lifetime Achievement Award. Crystal Jurczynski received the Crispus Attucks Award as Libertarian Activist of the Year. Kyle Kidwell was named Outstanding Young Libertarian of the year, and Ken Prazak was recognized as the Volunteer Petitioner of the Year.
Big thanks go out to members of the Convention committee for making “The Libertarian Revolution” a success: Jan Stover (Convention Committee Chair), Lupe Diaz, Kellean Gale, Michael Gale, Jeff Jones, Ken Prazak, Steven Kruzek, Don Stover, Valiant Vetter and Karin Vermillion
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Students for Liberty,
a student-run non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students
and student organizations that promote liberty, has announced that its
2010 Midwest Regional Conference will be held Saturday, October 16th
at the University of Chicago. It
promises to be an inspiring day, filled with opportunities to network and
share “war stories” from the freedom movement. The lineup of speakers includes Eric
O’Keefe, chairman and CEO of the Sam Adams Alliance and Tom G. Palmer,
CATO Institute Senior Fellow and Director of CATO University.
Students for Liberty, a student-run non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students and student organizations that promote liberty, has announced that its 2010 Midwest Regional Conference will be held Saturday, October 16th at the University of Chicago. It promises to be an inspiring day, filled with opportunities to network and share “war stories” from the freedom movement. The lineup of speakers includes Eric O’Keefe, chairman and CEO of the Sam Adams Alliance and Tom G. Palmer, CATO Institute Senior Fellow and Director of CATO University.
Last Year, the Libertarian Party of Illinois officially endorsed Students for Liberty as a support organization for our Libertarian students. Similarly, Students for Liberty welcomes all LPI members, students and non-students alike, to join in their festivities. Registration is FREE and includes three meals. You can find more information about the conference at http://politicalconferences.org/2009/10/midwest-regional-conference/, and register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6X5BQ7. Please direct logistical questions to Sloane at SFrost@studentsforliberty.org
“The Audacity of Truth… identifies special interest profiteers and lays the ax to their arguments. The Audacity of Truth is a must-read owners manual for government and an indispensable tool for throwing the rascals out.”
-from the book jacket
Committee Submits Reorganization of Leadership
At this year’s annual business meeting, members of the State Organizing Committee (SOC) submitted a document called the Board of Directors Manual. It contains detailed job descriptions for Party leadership roles, organizing them into subcommittees. The logical new structure consists of six elected positions (State Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and Deputy Secretary) and five main appointed positions (Activism Director, Communications Director, Outreach Director, Finance Director, and Political Director).
It’s been said that organizing libertarians is like herding cats, but it seems that our Illinois SOC is proving otherwise. Attendees of the business meeting unanimously elected Lupe Diaz as State Chair, Matt Ervin as Vice-Chair, Kent McMillen as Secretary, and Matthew Skopek as Treasurer. Five members (Derek Newhall, Ken Prazak, Rae Ann McNeilly, Jan Stover, and Karin Vermillion) have also stepped up to staff our largest department, communications, under the direction of Steve Hellin. Michael Fogelsanger, Crystal Jurczynski, and Jennifer Hawk have agreed to continue their work as Activism Director, Political Director, and Finance Director, respectively. Damon Dillon has volunteered work in the Outreach field, acting as Volunteer Coordinator. Everyone is looking forward to a productive year.
LP-Illinois Attorney General Candidate Bill Malan introduced Party members to his scorching 2007 book, The Audacity of Truth: What Rudy and Barack Won’t Tell You. About this work, anacorp.com says, “special interest groups benefit from overpriced health care and a permanent state of war. The Audacity of Truth is a controversial book that the profiteers don't want you to read. With facts, figures, maps, humor, and cartoons, policy analyst W.J. Malan skewers the powers behind the policies and gives them a third degree searing.”
Convention workshop attendees were given a sneak peek into Mr. Malan’s research in the fields of foreign policy and the healthcare industry. As a result, several convention goers have requested information on how to get their own copies. LP-Illinois members may want to take advantage of the author's discounted rates for members only: $15 for softbound; $25 for hard back, free shipping, with each copy autographed by Malan himself.
For more information, and to order The Audacity of Truth, please visit www.anarcorp.com.
Chapter Update: McLean County
Growth is continuing in the McLean County Chapter as attendance has slowly risen over the summer, especially at our monthly discussion meeting, Freedom on Tap. Our Young Libertarian Chair, Kyle Kidwell, is now active with his on-campus group, the Young Americans for Liberty. Chair Emeritus, Lupe Diaz, was re-elected as the chair of the Libertarian Party of Illinois. Karen Green has moved from Web Master to Vice-Chair while she also serves as treasurer of chairman Lex Green’s campaign committee. Karen is also considering a run for alderman in Bloomington’s second ward. Meanwhile Denise Langnes has taken over as Web Master and Activities Committee chair while also working as a volunteer in Lex’s campaign for Governor of Illinois. Treasurer Jeff Ready has started his campaign for city council in the sixth ward in Bloomington.
The campaign for Governor also allows for many outreach opportunities including attendance at several summer events where our own members were able to cooperate with other chapters. With eight members attending the first evening of the LPI’s state convention, Mclean County was the most represented. The future looks bright for the Libertarian Party in central Illinois.
Lex Green, Robert Cress, and Jeff Ready at the McLean County Fair
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Dinner with Lex Green
September 23, Olney, IL
Contact Ron Krueger at (618) 392-0697
Students for Liberty Midwest Conference
October 16, University of Chicago
Register for free at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6X5BQ7