Welcome to Tazewell County Republicans
Our Illinois county has a long heritage of Republican leaders on the local, Illinois and federal levels of government who have been committed to accountable, limited, and loyally constitutional government.
Candidate Forum was a huge success!
On April 25, five of the six Republicans seeking the nomination for Governor of Illinois joined Tazewell County Republicans at Five Points Washington for a forum. About 600 people were there to hear from the candidates and to help them decide which of these fine conservatives to vote for in the June 28th primary.
This event was conducted in the same manner as the 2020 U.S. Senate Candidate forum, giving the candidates the opportunity to ask for your vote and to differentiate themself from each other. The moderator also read a couple of questions from the audience.
Please take the time to watch the video before you vote on June 28. Illinois needs a change and one of these men will make it happen!
And by the way, the empty seat was mentioned in one of the evening's highlights.
While we are on forums, both candidates for the 87th District Illinois General Assembly House spoke with over 60 people on May 3 at the Hopedale Commons East in Hopedale.
It is said good things come in threes. Our third and final forum featured the two candidates for Tazewell County Treasurer. Again, over 60 people attended the event, this time at 512 Derby Event Center in Pekin Illinois
2nd Annual 2nd Amendment Raffle
We are pleased to announce that our 2nd Amendment Raffle is back. This year's prizes include weapons that appeal to a wide variety of gun enthusiasts.
Changes Effective with the 2022 Election
Most items impacting the 2022 election are now settled, unless courts reverse the legislation.
- U.S. Congressional Districts for Illinois - SEE MAP
- Illinois General Assembly Senatorial Districts - SEE MAP
- Illinois General Assembly House Districts - SEE MAP
- See a before and after comparison of the above maps Comparison - download .pdf
- Tazewell County Board Member's Districts did not change - SEE MAP
- Governor Pritzker signed SB536 which was passed in October and included an amendment to reduce the number of voting places by increasing the number of voters in each election precinct.
- In a special December meeting, the Tazewell County Board acted to accept the County Clerk's recommendation for new precincts. These precincts will be effective for the June 28, 2022 election.
- An interactive map of the new precincts is available here: Proposed Precinct Map
- A .pdf file with the recommendation and maps by township is available here: Recommendation (.pdf)
- The link on the County Clerk's website has been updated with the township maps including the new precincts: Clerk's Web Page
Registered voters will be informed of these changes in advance of the June 28, 2022 Primary Election. The County Clerk's Election Division has mailed new voter registration cards to all voters in Tazewell County for the updates to the Congressional and General Assembly districts. Approximately 1/3 of Tazewell County Voters will receive yet another new card because of the precinct consolidation.
Important 2nd Amendment Case
On January 11, the Illinois Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the appeal of case 126852 - People State of Illinois v. Vivian Claudine Brown.
- Defendant, Vivian Brown, was charged by information with possessing a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card in violation of section 2(a)(1) of the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (FOID Card Act) (430 ILCS 65/2(a)(1) (West 2016)).
- The circuit court of White County dismissed the charge, finding that, as applied to the facts of this case, section 2(a)(1) was unconstitutional under the second amendment to the United States Constitution (U.S. Const., amend. II), and article I, section 22, of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const. 1970, art. I, § 22).
- Direct appeal was taken to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Tazewell County's States Attorney Stu Umholtz has filed a Brief of Amici Curiae with the Illinois Supreme Court in this case. This is an important case which tackles the question of whether or not an Illinois citizen is required to have a FOID card in order to possess a firearm in their own home. Mr. Umholtz's brief provides information for the court to consider which bolsters the Second Amendment and the argument against the FOID card requirement.
On November 29, 2021,David K. Overstreet, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Fifth District, allowed this brief to be filed.
More details are available in the summary of the judgement which was remanded back to the circuit court and causing this to go back to the IL Supreme Court. Summary of Judgement (download.pdf)
We at Tazewell County Republicans feel it is appropriate to show appreciation when an elected official goes beyond the call of duty. Click here to thank Stu Umholtz.
Meet & Greet Senator Darren Bailey
On Saturday August 21, Senator Darren Bailey came to Tremont to make his case to Tazewell County voters for his bid to become the Republican nominee for Illinois Governor in 2022. Darren spoke on issues that distinguish him from Governor Pritzker, even though that part of the session could have lasted for hours.
Darren is the Senator for Illinois' 55th district, with his local office in Louisville, Il.
2021 Veteran of the Year
Tazewell County Republicans recognizes a Veteran of the Year who resides in Tazewell County; served and was honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. military; and is consistently active in our community by involving himself or herself in causes or actions that give back and/or in some way, makes a difference in the lives of those in our community.
Ryan Ortega served in the Marine Corp at Camp Lejeume, Jacksonville North Carolina and Camp Foster, Okinawa Japan. Ryan also served in the Marine Corp Reserves in Peoria.
From March 5, 2021 to June 19, 2021, Ryan and his son Ty bicycled across the United States of America, joined by Ryan's wife Grace, starting in Camp Pendleton in California and finishing in Camp Lejeume in North Carolina. The 3,477 mile journey was called the Ride for Honor Flight, and raised over $13,000 for the Greater Peoria Honor Flight to send veterans to Washington D.C.
The 2021 Tazewell County Republicans' Veterans Appreciation Breakfast featured a keynote speech by Daniel Black, Spokesperson for K9s for Veterans, NFP.
This Chicago area organization serves veterans with PTSD by providing service dogs. Dan's immediate call-to-action included asking supporters to request a specialty license plate from the Illinois Secretary of State which draws attention to PTSD Awareness. If enough applications, PTSD Awareness Application, are received the plate will be manufactured serve as an inspiration to veterans that they are not alone in this 2nd battle.
The Honor Rewards program is a Fidlar Technologies community service made available through the Tazewell County Clerk/Recorder's office to thank and acknowledge our nation’s veterans for their sacrifices to our country. This program allows veterans in Tazewell County to sign-up to receive an Honor Rewards Card and use this ID Card to receive discounts and benefits at local participating retailers, restaurants and other businesses.
Additional details are available at the Tazewell County Recorders office, McKenzie Building, Suite 124, 11 S. 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554
2nd Amendment Raffle
Thanks to all of the supporters who bought tickets for our 2nd Amendment Raffle.
The winners were selected in a ceremony at KAM Shooting Sports on Saturday, May 1.
The drawing can be viewed on our Facebook page.
The work that Tazewell County Republicans performs is made possible thanks to this kind of support from voters.
Additionally, the assault on the 2nd Amendment has never been more intense.
Coffee to Meet Senator Sally Turner
On Saturday, February 27th, many gathered at the Meet Senator Sally J Turner Coffee we sponsored in Tremont.
Senator Sally J. Turner
On Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, the special committee to select a replacement for the vacated Senate seat of the 44th Legislative District interviewed nine very strong candidates. Each candidate brought important and critical attributes to the table but in the end, the committee selected Sally J. Turner to fill the remaining term of this seat.
As the chair of this committee, I had the honor, along with the other committee members, of interviewing and discussing issues, strategies, and logistics with all the candidates from throughout the district. Given the current political landscape in Springfield, the goals and objectives of the Republican Party, the Senate Republican Caucus and, most importantly, the needs of the people of this district, I was extremely pleased with the candidates who stepped forward. The decision was not easy and when all aspects were considered and analyzed, it was a unanimous consensus that Mrs. Turner would best fit those needs.
Senator Turner’s experience includes work as an elected official as well as in the fields of political consulting, business, education, legal, court services and more. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Legal Studies and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University. Senator Turner also has important experience in State and Local Election Cybersecurity Education and Election Law. She has numerous professional affiliations and is a very active member of the community.
I would also like to mention the hard work of the committee which was formed and the process that was used in finding a replacement for the seat. The committee included the Republican County Chairs or their proxy from Logan, McLean, Menard, Sangamon and Tazewell Counties, the five counties which comprises the 44th Legislative District. These people were true professionals in their conduct and were committed to best meeting the needs of the district and the Republican Party. Prior to beginning the process, conversations were held with Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie and key members of the Republican Senate office and other leaders and elected officials throughout the state to establish the needs of the Republican Caucus and the district itself. After all applications were received, extensive back ground investigations were conducted on each candidate and interviews were held. Once all the information was gathered, the committee members spent time analyzing and discussing the qualifications of each person. After all steps of the process were complete, the matter was put to a vote and on the first round, a unanimous consensus was obtained.
The Tazewell County Republican Party thanks all the candidates who were willing to roll up their sleeves to do the hard work ahead and congratulates Senator Sally J. Turner on her appointment to the Senate seat of the 44th Legislative District. We look forward to working with her as we progress forward.
Call to Action
The Illinois State Board of Election is trying to adopt sweeping changes to education in Illinois. Tazewell County Republicans are urging supporters to contact the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to stop these changes.
Resolution Supporting Sheriff Jeffrey Lower
The Tazewell County Republican Party recognizes and supports the efforts of Tazewell County Sheriff Jeffrey Lower during this Coronavirus crisis in his defense of constitutional liberties and personal property rights of Tazewell County residents, highlighted by his decision concerning Pekin Country Club Golf Course. During a time when we are witnessing disturbing draconian actions taken in the premise of public health that are against the civil liberties entrusted by the Constitution, Tazewell County should be proud to have an elected officer who stands in defense of citizen’s rights. Sheriff Jeffrey Lower's leadership during this crisis has demonstrated the best attributes of Republican Party principles and leadership.
This resolution was passed by acclimation at the Tazewell County Republican Central Committee Biennial Convention on April 15, 2020.
Presented April 22, 2020 at Tazewell County Veteran's Memorial
- Sheriff Jeffrey Lower
- Chairman: Jim Rule
- Vice-Chairman: Dean Kaisner
- Secretary: Virg Cihla
- Treasurer: Vivian Hagaman
- Precinct Committeepersons: John Ackerman and Linc Hobson
The resolution can be viewed here: Resolution to Suppport Sheriff Jeffrey Lower
4/15/2020 - At the Biennial County Convention, the Precinct Committeepersons re-elected Jim Rule as the Chairman of the Tazewell County Republican Central Committee. Pursuant to all laws, rules and executive orders; the 2020 Biennial Convention of the Tazewell County Republican Central Committee was conducted as a virtual meeting on the date specified in Section 7-9 of the Illinois Election code, 10 ILCS 5/7-9.
Unaminously, the Precinct Committeepersons voted to continue Jim's efforts to strengthen the party.
Our Headquarters has Moved
The Headquarters for Tazewell County Republicans is now in Tremont.
After many years at our former location on Court Street in Pekin, we've relocated to a space that allows us more flexibility, has more parking and saves money.
This location is also more centrally located in the county.
We are still arranging the furniture, but will be fully functional before the March primary elections.
Tazewell County Republicans
127 S. Sampson St.
Tremont, IL 61568