Libertarians vs Donald Trump

Many people at recent events have asked us what libertarians feel about Donald Trump. Today, Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, issued the following statement on Donald Trump, comparing his statements (even the contradictory ones) against libertarian ideology. We thought we would share it with you here.

Libertarianism is the idea that you have the right to pursue happiness in any way you wish as long as it doesn’t hurt people or take their stuff. We support the fundamental rights of all people, all of the time. We do not denigrate or disparage any group. We respect the humanity of all people.

Unfortunately, the only policy position addressed on Mr. Trump’s official campaign webpage is immigration. Thus, we are limited to piecing together Mr. Trump’s positions on policy issues based on recent quotes in the news media.

Let’s compare and contrast Donald Trump’s views with those of the Libertarian Party:

National Security
Mr. Trump likes tough talk and seems to think that wars are an effective solution to many of our problems. Libertarians think that wars often create more problems than they solve, are bankrupting our nation, and that violence is only justified when used for defense.

Foreign Policy
Mr. Trump advocates more sanctions on Iran, more support for Israel, and being tough all around. Libertarians think the United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world.

Trade
Mr. Trump thinks that foreign countries are getting the better end of trade deals and says that he would negotiate more favorable deals. Libertarians support free trade and think that U.S. citizens and businesses should be allowed to negotiate the deals that they find favorable without the interference of the U.S. government and government officials.

Healthcare
Fifteen years ago Mr. Trump claimed he was for a government run single-payer Canadian-style healthcare system. Mr. Trump now says Obamacare is ineffective and should be repealed and replaced, but he’s not specific. Libertarians have always opposed government run healthcare, and support a free market.

Immigration
Mr. Trump advocates building a wall along our Southern border and has said disparaging things about immigrants. Libertarians believe that people should be able to travel peacefully across borders to work, trade, or live.

Eminent Domain
Mr. Trump has taken advantage of eminent domain laws to build his real-estate empire. Libertarians think that eminent domain is often exploited by the wealthy at the cost of average Americans and is a violation of our most basic rights.

War on Drugs
Mr. Trump has, in the past, advocated ending the “war on drugs” because it is ineffective and wasteful. Lately, he seems to be adjusting his stance and claiming that it’s an issue for states to decide. Libertarians also think that the “war on drugs” is ineffective and wasteful. In addition, we think the “war on drugs” is one of the biggest violations of Americans’ civil liberties as it has been used to put hundreds of thousands on non-violent people in prison.

Gay Marriage
Mr. Trump also has said that he thinks that gay marriage is an issue for the states. Libertarians think that the government has no business regulating anyone’s marriage.

Justice System
Mr. Trump says he would be tough on crime via anti-crime policies. Libertarians also want to decrease crime but likely disagree with Mr. Trump on the nature of “crime.” Libertarians are careful to differentiate between violent crimes and non-violent crimes, and also between crimes which involve a victim and those that do not. Currently, a huge percentage of our prison population is imprisoned for non-violent, victimless crimes such as marijuana use. Libertarians think that this is unjust to everyone: the taxpayer, the incarcerated, and society more broadly. Prison should be reserved for violent criminals.

Education
Mr. Trump has stated that he is against Common Core and supports school-choice. Most Libertarians would agree. Libertarians think that the federal government should not have the authority to dictate to Americans how we should educate our children.

2nd Amendment
Mr. Trump has said that he is against limits on Americans’ 2nd Amendment Rights, but has supported the ban on so-called assault weapons and longer waiting periods to buy guns. Libertarians oppose all laws at any level of government that attempt to restrict, register, or monitor the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.

In the first debate, Trump said, “Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid.” Libertarians think big government policies are the problem, and smarter politicians with the same policies won’t help. America needs new policies and a new perspective focusing on smaller government, more liberty, and peace.

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2015 Libertarian Party of Illinois Convention Recap!

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Oh yes, the Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention this weekend was full of just the right kind of freedom loving enthusiasm you would expect to encounter. We had watchdogs groups tell tales of how they thwarted local corruption, party leaders give speeches that motivate and inspire the best in all of us, candidates making their announcements heard loud and clear, and of course entertainment and fun that come in official forms like Libertarian jeopardy and unofficial forms that go on until 4am. The weekend was magnificent.

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Nicholas Sarwark is the Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, and has an impressive record, previously serving as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014.

Friday night at the convention saw Nicholas and Libertarian Party of Illinois chair Lex Green kick back, each holding a beer in one hand and a microphone in the other, as they entertained the crowd with stories and answered questions. Afterwards, the night rounded out with an R rated comedy routine by the state party Deputy Treasurer and dedicated member from the Will County chapter Mike Weinberg. The official festivities ended just after 10pm, though I spent time with the more active members till almost 4am. Yeah, you read that right. Not the brightest move when you consider the State Organizing Committee meeting was at 8am, but it was a blast.

The SOC meeting and annual meetings went smoothly, with little changes in the party structure, and a minor change to the state party bylaws.

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Crystal Jurczynski hosted a workshop titled “Who’s Driving?” which is designed to help candidates get experience in dealing with interviewers while receiving feedback in real-time as they conduct the interviews.

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Jacob Huebert with the Liberty Justice Center spoke on “The Prospects for Liberty in Illinois” and Jan and Don Stover from the Owl Creek Gazette gave a presentation on “Communicating Libertarianism to the Self-Reliant Movement.”

A group that we know very well in DuPage is the Edgar County Watchdogs, who were instrumental in bringing down the corruption at College of DuPage, of which Claire Ball ran as a trustee in April of 2015. Kirk Allen and John Kraft gave, quite possibly, one of the best presentations ever at a state party convention, discussing their victories and sharing their strategies with members.

Just before dinner, yours truly hosted the popular Libertarian Jeopardy! With new categories like “Give Me Subpoenas and Cracker Jacks,” “Animals In the White House That Weren’t Elected” and “Give Me Liberty Or Grope My Junk!” players had opportunities to score big points in topics ranging from modern terrorism to the Civil War. Chris Madden from the Champaign chapter was the winner AGAIN this year, after cleaning house last year. Congrats.

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Founding “den mother” Fran Holt gave a very inspiring speech reminiscing about her days in the party going back to 1971 before there even was a state or national party. Fitting with the theme of the convention “We’ve Always Been Here,” Fran talked about all the things we’ve done over the years, and what changes we’ve brought about simply by being vocal and having our say. We may not win many elections, but we still accomplish many goals. Thank you, Fran, for giving such an inspiring speech and for representing your home base here in DuPage County.

State Chair Lex Green gave away awards just before Nicholas Sarwark gave an amazing presentation titled “Show Up, Be Nice, and Win” to those in attendance on Saturday night. It was very uplifting and highly inspiring – it became very obvious why Nicholas was elected to be the National Party Chair, and we were glad to have him.
The most prominent event of the weekend was the announcements from candidates both statewide and local.

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The big surprise and highlight of the candidates was the announcement from candidate for trustee at College of DuPage Claire Ball to run for Illinois Comptroller. Being a full-time working accountant with a Master’s Degree in Accounting, Claire is pursuing earning her CPA this summer while building her campaign.

Chris Michel, who announced his candidacy for the nomination to be the libertarian candidate for US Senate in 2016, also gave a speech discussing his plans to “Fix it with freedom” regarding the problems we have in our nation today. Chris is a small business owner and is married with four children, and was the candidate for Secretary of State for the Libertarian Party of Illinois in 2014.

Also appearing was former Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller William J. Kelly, who announced on Friday at the state capitol his plans for “exploring a race for US Senate against Mark Kirk” though made no specific references to running for the libertarian nomination in March. He also did not mention this intention at the convention.

Of the local candidates, Christopher Hicks is running on the Libertarian Party ticket for the 95th representative district, and Scott Schluter is running to represent the 117th district in 2016 for the Illinois House of Representatives.

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On behalf of the DuPage Libertarians, we would like to thank Lupe Diaz for putting together an amazing convention this year, and look forward to what he has in store for 2016. What a great year!!

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Chris Michel Announces Nomination for US Senate

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The first candidate to announce their nomination to be the 2016 Libertarian Party of Illinois candidate for US Senate is Chris Michel, who made his announcement a few weeks back at the DuPage Libertarians 45th Anniversary Fundraiser on Saturday, June 20th.

Michel was the 2014 candidate for Secretary of State, who traveled across Illinois, from East St. Louis, to Mount Vernon, to Chicago and back south, marching in parades, attending candidate forums, and speaking to local groups.

Often traveling with Attorney General candidate Ben Koyl and Treasurer candidate Matthew Skopek on the campaign trail, Michel attended events hosted by the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and the Chicago Polish Alliance.

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He also took part in an editorial board review with the Chicago Tribune with Koyl and Comptroller candidate Julie Fox.

Whether it is dealing with high taxes, struggling with red tape to get a small business off the ground, or dealing with meddlesome foreign policy from Washington, Chris believes we can “fix it with freedom” by applying basic libertarian principles to each issue, from maximizing freedom, minimizing government, to maintaining a non-interventionist foreign policy.

Chris lives in Romeoville, IL with his wife Andrea and their four boys. Technically residing in Will County, Chris is considered an active member of the DuPage Libertarians, though he frequently visits multiple chapters throughout the year. Chris plans to visit as many chapters as possible over the next few months to garner support for his campaign while also hearing out what fellow Illinois libertarians have to say and what they want in their candidate.

Other candidates are expected to announce their nominations at the upcoming state convention on Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st in Springfield. Anticipated statements are expected from former candidate for College of DuPage trustee Claire Ball, and former Chicago candidate for Mayor William J. Kelly.

Tickets for this year’s state convention are still available at the state party website www.LPIllinois.org and early bird discount rates are still in effect till July 12th. Guest speakers include Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark, Jacob Huebert with the Liberty Justice Center, the Edgar County Watchdogs, and a slew of workshops for everyone to be involved in. Also, there will be the big return of the ever popular Libertarian Jeopardy.

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Busy 2015 Summer for DuPage Libertarians

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A lot has been happening since the nonpartisan elections, and plenty of things have been planned for the summer. With there being no more elections until the general next year in 18 months, we plan on doing a lot of outreach and having a lot of fun in the process.

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

For starters, Claire Ball, the Libertarian Accountant who ran a feisty campaign for trustee at College of DuPage earlier this year, has been asked by the current board to sit on a special Budget Committee created for the college. While the details are still unknown, it looks like a great opportunity to help bring about real change and fiscal responsibility to a great community college that has been plagued by nefarious practices as of late. Congratulations, Claire!

We also marched in the Itasca Memorial Day Parade again this year, and yes – it got wet! We are a small, tough, and brave batch of loyal and dedicated troops, and we made our presence known, handing out candy and business cards to everyone along the route, who seems enthusiastic (even more so than last year) to see independents out and about in the public.

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On Saturday, June 20th at 7pm, we encourage everyone to attend the DuPage Libertarians 45th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Rockwood Tap @ 3131 Finley Rd. in Downers Grove, IL. There is no cover for this fundraiser – simply donate whatever you wish, and take part in the festivities, which include short presentations from College of DuPage trustee candidate Claire Ball, 2014 Secretary of State candidate Chris Michel, Libertarian Party of Illinois State Chair Lex Green, and long-time founding member and self-titled “den mother” of the DuPage Libertarians Fran Holt.

Of course, we will also be marching in the Downers Grove Independence Day Parade again this year. The parade kicks off at 1pm, though the lineup starts at 11:45am in the North High School parking lot along Sherman Street. Any and all volunteers are welcome to join us, as we always like to have a large presence in these parades. We will be handing out candy and business cards again, and will also (hopefully) be debuting our new banner.

The DuPage County fair is also on the agenda, as has always been a staple of this group for decades, and we will be looking for volunteers to help staff the booth during the five day event. More information will come out as we have it available.

Don’t forget that the Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention is the weekend of Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st and will be held in Springfield this year. We will have more on that in our next update.

In the meantime, enjoy the warm weather as it slowly takes its time settling in. Thank you to everyone who has helped us out this year so far, and to everyone who will be stepping up in this busy summer season. Holding politicians accountable, and keeping government open and honest is never easy work, and it starts at these local levels. Once the summer is over, we will begin the process of recruiting people to be possible candidates in the next few election cycles, so if you have ideas of running for a school board, or want to help out on someone else’s campaign, start thinking it out now.

Have a great summer, and we hope to see you all soon!

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What To Do Over the Next 18 Months?!

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With the April non-partisan races out of the way, many people have been asking what next big projects are on the horizon for us. The general election isn’t until November of 2016, and the Libertarian Party of Illinois won’t be nominating our candidates for US Senate and state Comptroller until next March. So, what do we do??

Glad you asked!

There are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved on all different levels, from working a booth at a festival, to running for local office in their own community. It is up to you to decide how much time and effort you want to put towards increasing freedom and cutting down debt and government interference in our lives in Illinois.

The first big event coming up is Monday, May 25th – the Memorial Day Parade in Itasca, which was a ton of fun last year. It’s an easy setup, and a short distance with a good amount of people in attendance, and is a great way to kick off the spring and summer activities. The parade starts around 9am, and we are usually setting up by 8:30am in the usual place. When the details are confirmed again, you can bet they will be on the Events page here on our site.

On Saturday, May 20th we will host the DuPage Libertarians 45th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Rockwood Tap House in Downers Grove. There is no cover, as it is simply inviting members, friends, and family out to dinner for entertainment, a short auction, and a few speakers, along with a MAJOR announcement. Donations will be accepted all night long, and are entirely up to those giving. This will be a fun event, and hopefully a chance to raise some money to help pay off costs for our outreach events.

July brings us to both the Independence Day Parade in Downers Grove, and the five-day long DuPage County Fair, of which volunteers are needed to help staff the booth.

In the meantime, we are also recruiting candidates for our Precinct Committeemen Project in DuPage County, and also anyone who wants to run for a local office. We are a great resource to help you muddle through election law to get your petitions in order and your paperwork filed properly. Although the next elections are still a long ways down, this is the best time to start thinking about running for office, and making early plans if you choose to do so.

You can learn more about these events and projects at our next meeting on Thursday, May 21st @ The American Tap 701 W. Lake Street in Addison, IL at 7pm. All are welcome. If you’ve never been to our meetings before but were always curious as to what we do, what are you waiting for?!

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Post-Election Message From Claire Ball

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

I want to offer my most sincere congratulations to Kathy Hamilton’s Clean Slate; Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano, and Charles Bernstein. You ran an excellent campaign unmatched by anyone else, and earned yourselves seats on the troubled College of DuPage board of trustees. I have confidence that you will help to turn around the troubles at COD and get the college back on course to do the best for the people of DuPage, and I look forward to following your progress at the school in the coming years.

This campaign was my first effort in running for office, and 10,413 people decided that I was a candidate worthy of their vote. It is a humbling experience and I am honored to have earned votes from so many people in my home county of DuPage. I knocked on doors in twelve neighborhoods, met people at 16 train stations, and gave more speeches than I can remember over the past three months. Quite a feat for someone not used to public speaking!

This 32-year-old accountant was quoted numerous times in the Daily Herald, and had her photo printed in the Chicago Tribune. How exciting was that!? I’ve received help from close friends and total strangers. Kind words and encouragement came from people who were Republicans, Democrats, members of the local Tea Parties, Constitution Party members, and of course, from my fellow Libertarians.

There are too many people I know I won’t remember to thank them all, but a good place to start is with Jennifer Floyd, who helped with just about everything and whose graphic art skills are like a typhoon, blowing away anything Herricane Graphics could come up with. Steve Dutner, who came out to every one of my literature walks – even in the rain. Crystal Jurczynski, Linda Foertsch, Mark Agnini, Lex and Karen Green, and Matthew Skopek, for each of their particular brands of support, you have no idea how much you helped me. So many others but too many to name here. I also want to thank fellow Libertarian, accountant, and three-time candidate for Illinois Comptroller Julie Fox for inspiring me to run for this office.

I could go on but I’ll stop at the most important person. My loving husband and dedicated campaign manager, Brian. Without you I never would have had the courage to run, to push myself to go out there and be so bold. You are my motivation to do better, to go farther, to strive for more. If those of you reading this only knew how much time and energy he spent doing all the little things, handling all the little nuances of running a campaign that I couldn’t do alone. Plotting, planning, executing – he proofread my speeches, reached out to people on my behalf – he did it all and made me breakfast every morning on top of it. Most importantly he gave me the love and dedication that I needed the most.

I’ve met so many wonderful people over the last three months, people who are genuinely concerned with what’s going on at COD and I thank you for your support, even if you didn’t vote for me. Thank you to my fellow candidates, for your encouragement to this newcomer and for making this one heck of a race.

I treasure every kind word, every tip and suggestion, even the raised eyebrows at my libertarian principles. Thank you all for making this a fantastic experience. And don’t count this gal out just yet, you may hear from me sooner than you think….

Claire Ball

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Claire Ball, College of DuPage, and Campaigning as a Libertarian

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Heading into March, the DuPage Libertarians are working hard behind the scenes for Claire Ball and her campaign for a seat on the board of trustees at College of DuPage.

Throughout this process of campaigning, we’ve learned a lot of things. There are two kinds of events you will be attending as a candidate; independent ones, and official party ones. Both of these events play out very differently, especially if you are a libertarian.

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The independent events are meetings, planning sessions, and forums hosted by independent groups, such as the local chapters of the League of Women Voters, local Tea Party groups like the West Suburban Patriots, and of course anything hosted the third parties like the Green, Constitution, or Libertarian Party. There aren’t too many of these groups, but the ones that do exist are full of strong and loyal members and are generally operated by dedicated individuals with lots of passion.

The official party events are run by groups affiliated directly with the Republicans or Democrats. There is a group at the county level for each of the two, and one at the township level, of which there are nine of in DuPage County, for each of the two as well. That gives you twenty groups, each with a night during the month dedicated to pushing their agendas and candidates. Some towns or cities may even have their own political factions within those parties, youth organizations, or separate factions within larger ones. In other words, it gets pretty crowded.

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You have to pick and choose your battles.

When attending the independent meetings, the support is really high, and people are willing to listen to all sides. They have all been warm, welcoming, and open-minded. Obviously, many people will still disagree with you, and interesting if not heated discussions take place, but the mutual respect is always there. These events are fun, high-spirited, and always entertaining.

The party events are a different story altogether. They can also be fun and high-spirited… if you are connected and liked by enough people. Otherwise, prepare to feel slightly ostracized throughout the event. Even if you are a newcomer and relatively unknown, you will still be accepted as long as you have the coveted (R) or (D) after your name – regardless if your particular race is non-partisan or not. The two major parties even have a sort of mutual respect for each other when attending each other’s events that can still leave a third party candidate feeling out of place. If you are a good candidate, prepare to be guilted and hashed about how you need to join a major party now if you want to be taken seriously. Being an openly third-party person means you will have to work extra hard to get that respect.

However, in Claire’s particular race, every group, both party affiliated and non-affiliated, have been very cool and respectful with her. That has been Claire’s goal as well – not just to earn respect for herself through her personality and credentials, but also to earn respect for libertarian candidates. Everyone, so far, has been very accepting of her.

Claire Ball is an accountant, also known as a bean counter... and jelly beans are the funnest beans to count!

Claire Ball is an accountant, also known as a bean counter… and jelly beans are the funnest beans to count!

In this campaign, we’ve seen some good-hearted campaigning, and we’ve seen some ugly confrontations and childish behavior. Luckily, the respectable forms of campaigning take the lead, and the limelight antics are few and far, and are only hurting those who participate in them.

Ultimately, it comes down to this: Who are the people you want to represent? As long as you are yourself, be honest about your positions, and do the best you can to put them forth to as many people as possible, then good people can get elected, regardless of their party credentials.

Please consider supporting Claire’s campaign at her website www.ClaireBallForIllinois.com and like and share her Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ClaireBallForIllinois and help us through these final weeks of campaigning. Thanks to everyone for your support!

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Claire Ball for College of DuPage Trustee

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

While the DuPage Libertarians plot out our event calendar for 2015, we’ve been supporting our candidate for the College of DuPage board of trustees, Libertarian accountant Claire Ball. Perhaps you’ve heard about what has been going on with the board of trustees at COD in the last week from the Chicago Tribune or the Chicago Sun-Times? It’s a story that goes back for years and shines light on a growing problem that has rooted itself in a way that makes is hard to eradicate.

The board has been very active in the last week; so active, that the College Board has been in the media more times in the last several days than in probably the last two years – and we’ve been part of it. Just yesterday at a press conference in Springfield, Rep. Jeanne Ives mentioned libertarians by name with regards to the COD debacle.

Last year, we saw FOIA requests that showed receipts of lavish spending habits from the President and board, along with other FOIA requests that went unanswered. There was $110,000 used to purchase wine and alcohol for the school restaurant… a restaurant which took a $500,000 loss last year.

President Breuder never looks happy, even though he just scored a $762K buyout for his early retirement.

President Breuder never looks happy, even though he just scored a $762K buyout for his early retirement.

This year, the board voted to give the corrupt President Breuder – whom taxpayers have paid for plenty of dinners, hunting trips, and a gun club membership for – a $762,000 buyout for stepping down early into retirement. The board pushed this vote illegally, by not releasing the details of this buyout within a proper time frame for the public.

The public and media backlash was so intense, combined with a lawsuit being filed by the Edgar County Watchdogs and For the Good of Illinois, that the COD board held a special meeting the following week to hold the vote again and cover all the legal loopholes.

Massive crowd of students, teachers, and taxpayers at COD board meeting protesting the buyout.

Massive crowd of students, teachers, and taxpayers at COD board meeting protesting the buyout.

Despite several hours of commentary from the public, including a wonderful response from Claire Ball, the board still voted 6-1 (with Kathy Hamilton again being the lone dissenter) to give the President his golden parachute. The 500+ crowd of students, taxpayers, teachers and candidates made sure their voices were heard.

The original pool of 14 candidates for the three open seats has been whittled down to 12 that will appear on the ballot. It is a very diverse list, including three candidates endorsed by the lone dissenting COD trustee Kathy Hamilton, a former board member, the father of a current board member, a union-backed washed up Republican, and two of the incumbents (the third incumbent not running for re-election).

After the Chicago elections on February 24th, this race will most likely be the BIGGEST and most talked about in the state for April 7th, and there is a strong libertarian candidate in it. A candidate with a master’s degree in accounting and finance, plenty of experience, and an independent political record that keeps her free from internal pressures of either of the two political machines that run the state and county, Claire Ball is the best option to save the College of DuPage, help put it on the right track, and show the county and state of Illinois just how an elected Libertarian works for the taxpayers.

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Claire Ball for COD College of DuPage trustee

Please check out Claire’s website and Facebook profile, and consider making a donation to help pay for informative materials, banners, and advertising. Also, come out to our DuPage Libertarians meetings and get directly involved with the campaign. We have just over two months to go, and we have a lot of work to do!! Thanks for all your support!!

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Not Slowing Down – DuPage Libertarians On Fire in 2015

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You know with a loaded headline like that, we couldn’t possibly let you down.

In my last blog, I talked about all of our achievements in 2014, of which I am very proud of. This group has always been primed to do awesome things, and all I wanted to do was help be an igniter for all the fuel that has been waiting to be put to use.

Now that 2015 is here, it is time to see what we have on the agenda.

My first big goal was to actually run a candidate in a local election, and we are already underway with the election of Claire Ball for a College of DuPage trustee seat. As of now, there are 14 candidates running for three seats. Six of them are well-connected liberals, and seven are tea party conservatives. That leaves Claire right in the middle as the lone libertarian – and we like it that way.

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With no big political party breathing down her neck, she can operate entirely off of her values and principles of fiscal responsibility and open transparency without anyone behind her telling her to do. She has already earned an endorsement from the Illinois Herald, combined with a great interview that can be read here at this link.

Other goals include being involved in more booth events, marching in five parades (up from last years’ four), fighting corruption that we come across in all facets of government, and starting the process to bring a referendum to a ballot in DuPage County to eliminate red light and speed cameras once and for all.

As I’ve said many times before, we are NOT slowing down.

Of course, we always need financial help; some of the events we do have an entrance fee for renting space, and promotional materials also get used up. Don’t hesitate to click that button in the top right and contribute what you can, if you can. If you are low on funds and can’t contribute (which we understand) then contribute in other ways, like helping run tables at our shows, marching in parades, and going door-to-door to help our candidates promote themselves.

I want to end this update by sharing a photo with you of Ron Paul, taken when he came to visit us in Illinois during his run for the presidency in 1988.

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We have a great history here in Illinois, and a greater one in DuPage County. Help keep that history going. Thanks, and I hope to see you soon.

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DuPage Libertarians 2014 Year In Review

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After almost 4 years of being a fairly inactive member of the DuPage Libertarians and meeting up in the back room of a pancake house, I decided to take up an offer from the previous year offered to me by then-Chair Josh Hanson.

I really didn’t think I was in much of a position to lead a group, but I was hungry to get involved in a way that was greater than I had been in previous years, and the only way to do that was to have more influence. As libertarians, we generally don’t like to be told what to do, or enjoy ordering others around – but to be honest, I needed more control over the group and a greater voice.

So I agreed to take on the Chair position a year ago, in December, where I began writing up a list of things that I wanted to do and objectives I wanted to achieve. Once January kicked in, I would start my term by moving our location from the back of the pancake house, to the current location at the American Tap – a pub and grill that served alcohol but was still all ages, had a large room we could use in the back, and had a great name.

I had a list of goals laid out for 2014 that I read out loud to everyone that cold January evening; goals that I hoped to meet or surpass by that same time the following year:

– To attend all 12 meetings (done)
– To double our followers on the Facebook page from 285 to at least 570 (we more than doubled, currently standing at 672)
– To awaken and use our ignored Twitter account (started with 1 follower, we now have 358, which includes many journalists and other members of the media)
– To publish at least one article per month on the DuPage Libertarians website (not only did we achieve this, but often we get two articles published in one month when things are very active)
– To release at least one newsletter per month to our members and subscribers (we now generally send out two newsletters; one every two weeks)
– To actively use our YouTube account and publish at least one original video of some kind this year (okay, we actually published over 20, and they were on a variety of things including candidate ads – we probably won’t publish nearly that many in a non-election year)
– To march in at least one parade (we did four – Memorial Day in Itasca, Independence Day in Downers Grove, Cornfest in Morris, and a Holiday Lights Parade in Westmont)
– To host some kind of statewide event for the party (we ended up hosting three candidate workshops and spearheaded the Springfield press conference in the Capitol Building – we also hosted a petition drive fundraiser)
– To double our average attendance at our monthly meetings (done)
– To operate a booth at a local event other than the DuPage County Fair (we did five gun shows and a Lt. Governor primary debate)
– To gain some kind of media presence (we had our name in both print and on television)

On top of that, we also were the chapter to bring in the most signatures for the Petition Drive, earning us a trophy and bragging rights. This list of achievements is not only above and beyond what I had hoped for, but makes me weary of how I could be expected to match or surpass it next year!

It’s quite daunting.

I have already started compiling a list of gains and achievements for the DuPage Libertarians to strive for in 2015 which I will publish in the next blog, and it is both humorous and encouraging to note that as I write out the list now, there are already things planned out on the near horizon whose goals have already been met.

Why? – Because we never slow down. We will always keep moving and we will always keep fighting for the spread of liberty, accountability, and personal freedom in Illinois, starting at home in DuPage County. Join us in 2015, and be part of our movement. We need people, and we need money. Donate at this website, if you can, to help us fund all the things we want to do next year, and then join us and take part in those things! If you can’t contribute finances, contribute your time and talents. With all the projects we have going on, there is always something for a new volunteer to jump on of their choosing.

Thanks to everyone who already helped make 2014 as successful as it was. We will continue this in 2015 and as the Chair of the DuPage Libertarians, I will do my best to keep this group a powerful voice in the community. Have a great New Year, everyone.

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