Citizens for Responsible Government
2014 Republican Primary Gubernatorial Candidate Forum--Sunday February 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Shilling Community Education Center on the campus of Richland Community College, Decatur, IL. Join Citizens for Responsible Government to hear from candidates Sen. Bill Brady, Sen. Kirk Dillard, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford as they answer your questions. Open to the public. Seating limited to 325.
The primary election is Tuesday March 18th and the general election is Tuesday November 4th.
Dennis Michael Lynch—Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 7:00PM at The Decatur Club. Lynch has produced two documentary films about immigration—They Come to America and The Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty. Lynch has appeared on several Fox News programs, including Huckabee and a special report on July 4th with Sean Hannity discussing the immigration problem. He has also been a guest on the Glenn Beck Show. This was a ticketed event. Attendees received DVD copies of both Lynch films.
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Richard Mack -- Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM at The Decatur Club. Retired Arizona sheriff, Richard Mack spoke to a group of about 200. Mack is a strong advocate of states' rights and individual freedoms. During Richard Mack’s tenure as Sheriff of Graham County, AZ, federal officers informed the sheriffs in our nation that they would be required to enforce the "Brady Bill" and run background checks at their own expense. In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill, fighting it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom, based on the Tenth Amendment, guaranteeing states’ rights. In 2011, Mack formed the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, believing, “it is the duty of the sheriffs to protect their counties from those that would take away our freedoms, both foreign AND domestic – whether it is a terrorist from Yemen or a bureaucrat from Washington, DC.” Tickets for this event were only $10.
Dr. William Emmons, Assistant Vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis --Thursday February 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Emmons spoke to a group of 80 at The Decatur Club. Emmons explained the economic struggle between the unstoppable demand from the public and politicians for government-provided services, and the inability of current revenue sources to pay for those services. Nonmilitary spending continues to increase, while tax revenues as a percentage of GDP have remained relatively flat since the end of World War II. Significant changes are unlikely without significant political reform. This event was free and open to the public.
Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer -- Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at The Decatur Club. Treasurer Rutherford discussed how the repeated failure of Illinois lawmakers to address problems with the state pension system has resulted in downgrading of the state's bond ratings and what this means to taxpayers. The pension system unfunded liability is $96 billion and the state owes vendors almost $9 billion. Rutherford also discussed the importance of cutting the state budget and outlined changes he made in his own office to reduce the cost to the taxpayers. This event was free and open to the public.
Aaron Klein -- Wednesday October 24, 2012, 7:00 PM. Aaron Klein works out of the Tel Aviv office of World Net Daily where he is a senior reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief. He also hosts "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on WABC Radio. His latest book, Fool Me Twice, hit #2 on the NY Times Best Seller list and #9 of all books sold by Amazon. Fool Me Twice documents what Klein believes the next four years will produce if the current administration is returned to Washington, such as an FDR-style WPA program, a National Infrastructure Bank, a forced 12 weeks off with paid benefits for employees, an expansive amnesty program, removal of control from Congress of the military budget, a federal "green" bank to oversee "green" loans, and plans for a single-payer healthcare program. Klein also spoke extensively about the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi, Libya. Following a question and answer session, Mr. Klein autographed copies of his books that were available for purchase. This was a ticketed event.
John Fund -- Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:00 PM. John Fund is senior editor of The American Spectator and national affairs columnist for National Review Online. He is a frequent FOX News contributor and a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal. In his new book, Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, Fund focuses on voting integrity in America. He discusses presumed efforts to address voter fraud and confesses, "I do not believe in representation without respiration." Fund also commented on the November election and other issues. After a question and answer session, Mr. Fund autographed copies of his new book. Illinois Policy Institute was our co-host for this ticketed event.
Steve Hayes -- Tuesday June 19, 2012. Stephen F. Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a regular FOX News All Star panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier, spoke to a lunchtime crowd of over 200 people at The Decatur Club. Steve Hayes is also author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America.
During his remarks Hayes encouraged conservatives to "go big." That is, we have big problems that require a big national debate. Hayes also said, "the more people understand these problems, the more likely they are to want to solve them." In response to a question from the audience, Hayes encouraged conservatives to reach out to others, noting that ideas matter, and conservative arguments should be made consistently and made everywhere.
This ticketed event was co-sponsored by the Illinois Policy Institute as well as local sponsors.
Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer -- Wednesday January 18, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at The Decatur Club. Treasurer Rutherford spoke about the Financial State of the State of Illinois and responded to questions from the audience. The Treasurer outlined three "must do" goals for the state: (1) Address the unfunded liabilities in state pension plans, (2) Change the workers' compensation structure, and (3) Budgets must be based on actual revenue rather than borrowing. This event was free and open to the public.
Kenneth L. Smithmier, Decatur Memorial Hospital President and CEO -- Tuesday November 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at The Decatur Club. Mr. Smithmier spoke on national healthcare and how it affects healthcare Central Illinois. He has been at DMH since 1993 and in his current position since 1995. This event was free and open to the public.
Kristina Rasmussen, Illinois Policy Institute -- October 2011, 6:30 p.m. at The Decatur Club.
Andrew Breitbart, conservative commentator and publisher of several web sites -- June 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at The Decatur Club. Breitbart has broken several key news stories, including the Anthony Weiner scandal and the ACORN video tapes. Breitbart was in Decatur right at the time the Anthony Weiner scandal was about to come to a conclusion. Weiner resigned from Congress on June 21, 2011. This was a ticketed event. Sadly, Andrew Breitbart passed away on March 1, 2012 at the age of 43.
William P. Harris, Exelon's Nuclear Site Communications Manager -- April 26, 2011 at The Decatur Club. Nuclear Power Informational Forum. Exelon Corporation, operators of the Nuclear Power Facility in Clinton joined Citizens for Responsible Government. A power point presentation was followed by a question and answer period. Mr. Harris spoke on the general topic of nuclear energy and its place in our US power grid. The timing was right for this lecture in order to address the general public's concerns on nuclear safety in view of current problems brought about by Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami.
Dr. William Emmons, Assistant Vice-President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis -- Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at The Decatur Club. Mr. Emmons spoke to us on "The Effect of Federal Reserve Policy on the U.S. Economy." Mr. Emmons specializes in banking, financial regulations, and financial markets. We were pleased to have over 200 attendees at this free event.
Dr. William Grieve -- Wednesday September 29, 2010 at the Decatur Club. Dr. Grieve spoke to us on Iran and Afganistan and the dangers of the current administration's positions. Dr. Grieve’s military experience was in the Marine Corps. After enlisted service as a combat engineer, he received a direct commission. Thereafter, he commanded an infantry platoon, company, and battalion. As a reserve officer, he was a visiting professor at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia where he annually conducted seminars on Peoples War (“guerilla war”) at the School of Advanced Warfare. He is a graduate of the Naval War College and served extensively as an intelligence officer before retiring at the rank of Colonel. We all took something away from this event.
Brian Costin, Illinois Policy Institute's first stop on their "Turnaround Tour" -- Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. There were informative speakers with common sense solutions to turn our state around. Watch the video and you may see some folks you recognize! Turnaround Tour Video
Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and FOX News Contributor -- June 2010, at the Decatur Club. Mr. Moore brought his vast knowledge of economics to a full-house. Moore is from Illinois and received his Bachelor's Degree from the U of I. Moore made a presentation and then answered numerous questions from the audience. This was a ticketed event.