Friday, February 12, 2010

It's Schock vs. Maddow this Sunday on "Meet the Press"

From GOPSteven:
Sunday morning on NBC's Meet the Press this week with special guests: Congressman Aaron Schock, Rachel Maddow, David Brooks and Harold Ford Jr.

Check your local listings for the time as times are slightly different in various locations.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady in Tazewell County

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, the Tazewell County Republican Party will be hosting a Unity Breakfast this Saturday, February 13th, starting at 8:00AM at the Ashland House in Morton. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Primary Election winners.

I was informed last night that Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady will be stopping by at this event from 8:00 - 8:30. He has to leave early for another event, but wants to visit with his supporters here in Tazewell County. Lets get a large crowd to welcome our downstate Gubernatorial Candidate back home to his district!!!

Brad McMillan meets with Peoria County Republican Women regarding Illinois Fair Map Amendment

Brad McMillan, the Director of Bradley University's Institute for Principled leadership in Public Service spoke Wednesday at the Peoria County Republican Women's monthly luncheon. Brad spoke of the efforts underway in re-drawing state legislative districts through the Illinois Fair Map Amendment.

Brad emphasized the importance of this movement stating "The problem with Illinois Government is that the Legislators pick their voters instead of the voters picking their Legislators". In an article in the February, 2010 edition of Peoria Magazines, Brad wrote:

Under the current redistricting system, politicians, in secrecy behind closed doors, choose their own voters. In addition, if the political parties cannot agree on legislative maps (which they have not done over the past 30 years), then a Republican name and a Democratic name are placed in a hat and whichever party is drawn gets complete control of the map-drawing process. We are the only state in America that has this ludicrous winner-take-all lottery system. The results of this process are some of the most gerrymandered legislative districts in the country with 98 percent of incumbents being re-elected.

This is a citizen-driven movement to reform Illinois government. Brad is requesting help from citizens to circulate petitions. Click here to learn how you can get personally involved.

Thank you to the Peoria County Republican Women for their ongoing efforts in keeping voters informed of important issues facing our state and nation.

Karl Rove to headline Tazewell GOP Lincoln Day Brunch

Tazewell County Lincoln Day Event

Karl Rove, often referred to as the "architect" of the George W. Bush campaign for election and re-election will speak to Tazewell County Republicans at their annual Lincoln Day brunch.
The Tazewell County Republican Party has announced that the speaker for the 43rd Annual Lincoln Day Event will be Karl Rove! The event will be March 20th at 9:00AM at the Embassy Suites Ballroom in East Peoria and tickets are now on sale for $55.00 To get yours, call (309) 353-8467.

Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis and are expected to go fast. It is my understanding that you do NOT have to be a member of the Tazewell County GOP to purchase tickets.

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit Rove had an enormous impact on public policy in the 1990's. Thank you to the Taz County Central Committee for their efforts in scoring this gig.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Seeking GOP candidates websites

If you are a GOP candidate and your candidacy covers the Central Illinois area, please e-mail me a link to your website and the name of the office you are seeking. We will begin linking to these sites in the margin. E-mails can be sent to dianevespa@gmail.com

Thank you!

Friday, February 5, 2010

John Ackerman's Recent Newsletter...

Normally I do not post newsletters, but in this case I wanted to show you what the newsletters are all about. If you currently do not get the newsletter, you can sign up for it on the website (www.JohnCAckerman.com). I do not share email addresses with anyone else, so privacy is not a concern.

Unity Breakfast
The Tazewell County Republican Party will be hosting a Unity Breakfast on February 13th starting at 8:00AM at the Ashland House in Morton. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Primary Election winners and for all of us to step-up and support our ticket in November!

Tazewell County Lincoln Day Event
The Tazewell County Republican Party has announced that the speaker for the 43rd Annual Lincoln Day Event will be Karl Rove! The event will be March 20th at 9:00AM at the Embassy Suites Ballroom in East Peoria and tickets are now on sale for $55.00. To get yours, call (309) 353-8467.

Tremont Marine Fundraiser
Just a quick update as far as the January 30th Marine Fundraiser in Tremont. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us. I wish I could have had more time to visit with you, but I was very busy working what was a very successful fundraiser.

The Live Auction by my friends at Roth Auction Services out of Morton netted a little shy of $8000.00. I want to thank the many businesses and individuals that donated the many wonderful items we auctioned off. One really touching item was the first of the two American Flags that had been flown over the US Capital that had been donated by Congressman Aaron Schock. The final bid was $500.00 by R.A. Cullinan and Son Companies who purchased it to fly at their Tremont Offices in memory of an employee's son who lost his life in Iraq.

As far as the rest of the event, we ended up somewhere just shy of $14,000.00. This is great and I want to again thank each of you that participated in this excellent event. Central Illinois showed that we support our troops!!!

2010 Republican Primary Election, Tazewell County Results
I have a new link on the "Home Page" of the website that has the Precinct-by-Precinct and Township-by-Township breakdown of the 2010 Republican Primary Election here in Tazewell County for Governor, both 10th Judicial Court Openings, the County Treasurer and County Board District Three. I have also linked on my Facebook Page a site that has the County-by-County breakdown of the Governors Race.

I can tell you that Tazewell County and Central Illinois as a whole turned out big for Senator Bill Brady and that overwhelming support is what pushed him to Victory! Thank you to everyone who helped his campaign here in Tazewell County and now on to victory in November!

A special thanks to my good friend Mel Stanford, who is Bill Brady's Regional Coordinator for this area and who in the last few weeks of the election was really working overtime to get-out-the-vote in Central Illinois. His leadership not only here in Tazewell County but also in Woodford, McLean, Peoria, Logan, DeWitt, Macon and other locations was important to the Brady Campaign.

Website, Facebook and Blog Update
I wanted to give you a quick update on these tools. The website is still growing, averaging 11 visits a day. The most recent addition is the 2010 Republican Primary Election Results for Tazewell County (as was mentioned above).

The Facebook page has also continued to grow, with about 950 friends now. I have really liked the "immediate messaging" option Facebook has offered. It has allowed me the opportunity to get more messages out in less time. I have appreciated the ability to post links to materials I have found on the internet and photos from events more quickly. If you are on Facebook, friend me and join the group! The blog has been slower to grow, but has been moving along. Since it's introduction on December 8th, over 400 people have taken the opportunity to visit it.

With all three of these now up and running, you may start to notice some slight changes in what information is going out on what site. As I continue to work with these tools, I will start to get a better idea of what messages to send out and what information to post on what tool. That also counts towards changes with this newsletter, as in the future I will be trying to reduce the number of newsletters and make them more consolidated. This newsletter now reaches more than 1,200 people.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please feel free to let me know. I appreciate the opportunity to hear what you are wanting and looking for. These tools purpose is to assist me in my never ending goal of greater communication with my constituents and any advise you can give me on how to improve that process is always welcomed!

As always, I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you on the Tazewell County Board and if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.