Who is a patriot? Is it someone who goes to meetings to encourage others who share his view of government and the American Dream? Is it someone who donates to candidates, so they may gain public office? Is it someone willing to ask friends and acquaintances to sign petitions for candidates for office, so they may get on the ballot and run for office? Bingo! A patriot is all of the above, but, without the last-named patriot, we cannot elect persons who share our view of government.
Until about Nov. 18th, candidates gather signatures to get on the ballot for the Illinois March 20th primary election. It's critical to get sufficient signatures - at least 50% more than are required by law - to ensure survival of the challenge process. Statewide candidates must have in excess of 3,500 signatures. Those are not easy to get.
Illinois law says petition signers need not have voted for a candidate's party in the last primary election. However, signers can only sign petitions for one political party in an election cycle. We have some outstanding Republican candidates, including a legislator, Jeanne Ives, challenging Governor (Never-Saw-An-Abortion-He-Didn't-Like) Rauner, a former Miss America, Erika Herold, running for Illinois Attorney General, Grundy County States Attorney Jason Helland, running against geriatric Secretary of State Jesse White, and Jim Marter challenging Congressman Kinzinger.
Northern IL Tea Party invites you to turn in candidate petitions at the November 16th meeting, 302 W. Main St, Rockton, 6:30 pm. Questions, call Jane 815-277-1144.