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.
November 8 is Election Day
As with every election, we are very busy now.
One of the best highlights is our Headquarters is open several days a week and is filled with campaign signs. Headquarters Information
Stop by the Tazewell County GOP Headquarters located at 127 S. Sampson St. during office hours and pick up a sign or two or three or four! There is no charge and you will be helping your candidate in his or her effort to get in to elected office. And here is the best part - you will be vastly improving the appearance of your neighborhood especially if you have any of "those" neighbors who have signs for the Progressive Liberals and their America-destroying agenda!
Questions? Call the GOP HQ at 309-353-8467.
Headquarters Attendants are excited to be able to help voters in the upcoming election.
7/27/2022 - At the Biennial County Convention, the Precinct Committeepersons re-elected Jim Rule as the Chairman of the Tazewell County Republican Central Committee. Unaminously, the Precinct Committeepersons voted to continue Jim's efforts to strengthen the party.
The Chairman's comments re-iterated his commitment to the 2021 Strategic vision, mission, and goals. Jim invited the Precinct Committeepersons, many of them new, to make their individual contributions to a better Illinois.
In other buisness,
The Precinct Committeepersons selected Kevin Johnson to be the Republican candidate for a 2-year unexpired term for the Tazewell County State's Attorney on the November 8, 2022 General Election Ballot.
2022 Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
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.
The 2022 Veteran of the year is William Mayo. Bill Mayo graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and served Executive Officer and Combat Operations Officer on the USS Direct; and later served in the Crew Training Command at Great Lakes. Bill earned the Meritorious Service Medal and the Service Warfare Officer Designation.
Bill's civilian life includes volunteering at a long list of civic organizations. Additionally, after retirement bill taught at Eureka College. Bill contributes as a US Navy Blue and Gold officer at 15 area schools. Professionally, Bill retired as a Vice President at Caterpillar Inc. and has written a number of books.
Debbie Gaught is a co-founder of Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. Debbie was our keynote speaker and described the services her organization provides to low-income veterans and their widows. www.ivfuller.org
The Party is set for November
Now that the primary election results are final, we know which Republicans will be on the ballot in the November general election. An official ballot will not be available for some time, so we've mocked up a sample ballot for the voters in Tazewell County. Sample Ballot (download .pdf)
On this website we maintain a page with most of the information you are likely to need to know for the upcoming election. Be_Informed
This year, the fall campaign got off to an early start with the Tazewell County Republican Women's "Bringing the Ballot to You" celebration in Morton on July 11th. You can watch a video of the celebration Bringing the Ballot to You
Enthusiastically perform your civic duty, AND VOTE!
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
Thanks to all of the supporters who bought tickets for our 2nd Amendment Raffle.
- 1st prize was won by Jennifer.
The winners were selected in a ceremony at KAM Shooting Sports on Monday, May 30
- 2nd prize was won by Robert.
- 3rd prize was won by Braden.
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.
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.