IFA Monthly Breakfast in Tinley Park

We are excited to have two fantastic candidates joining us this Saturday—one running for the state legislature and the other running for Congress. Both Tea Party sensation Cedra Crenshaw who is running for Illinois State Senate and Isaac Hayes who is running for Congress against Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be joining us.

IFA Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, August 7, 2010

8:00 A.M. – Breakfast Buffet $5.99

8:30 A.M. – Cedra Crenshaw

9:00 A.M. – Isaac Hayes

Old Country Buffet 16060 S. Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park (map)

Reservations are not necessary

Cedra Crenshaw

Cedra is a wife, stay at home mother, education reformer, and professional accountant from Bolingbrook who decided that she had had enough of the waste, corruption, and mismanagement in Springfield. Cedra decided to run against incumbent Democratic state Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi.

As you may have heard, Cedra’s candidacy was challenged by the Chicago machine. Michael Madigan’s top lawyer, Michael Kasper, was hired to try to knock Cedra off the ballot on a technicality. The Will County Electoral Board agreed with Kasper’s objection and voted 2-1 on party lines to remove Cedra from the ballot. But, Cedra and her team appealed the decision, and on Wednesday July 21, 2010, Will County Circuit Judge Bobbi Petrungaro ruled that Crenshaw did nothing wrong and that her name was to be put back on the ballot.

Cedra released a statement after the victory, “I am just one mom, and today is a victory for all moms, dads, and regular people vs. the Chicago Machine and their political games. I am delighted by the news that I am back on the ballot. Together, we will hold my opponent accountable for his horrific voting record.” Now that she has been through the battle, if elected, she will introduce legislation to clarify election law and help make ballot access less complicated for everyone—even independent and third party candidates.

Her campaign slogan, “Springfield needs more accountants and fewer lawyers,” could not be truer.

The State is being run on a deficit budget, so to have someone who understands fiscal responsibility would be a refreshing change. Thanks to the Democratic challenge of her candidacy, Cedra’s name recognition has increased dramatically. But even more than that, people across the state and nation identify with Cedra’s story and her passion to effect real change.

Isaac Hayes

Rev. Isaac Hayes is a longtime community faith leader who grew up in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Ideals of faith, hard work, and liberty shaped his childhood and are the cornerstone of his passion for service. His mother was a choir director, his grandmother a Sunday school teacher, and his father was both a pastor and a soldier in the United States Marine Corps.

Isaac has made integrity the centerpiece of his campaign, arguing that the residents of the 2nd Congressional District have suffered enormously as a result of the scandals involving their last three congressmen. “Corruption places an unwanted tax on communities leading to no jobs, no business and no hope for economic development,” he said. “It is time to put an end to insider politics and create openness, transparency, honesty and integrity.

In September, Isaac’s opponent, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., was named one of the “fifteen most corrupt members of Congress” by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group founded in 2003. Isaac has been a favorite at Tea Party rallies across the Southland. His message is simple: less government spending, support of school choice, an end to the culture of corruption, and support for family, faith, and freedom.

Watch Isaac on a recent interview on Chicago’s local Fox station:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVvzw_ZvwGo

Topic of the Month

Both Cedra and Isaac are rising stars in Illinois politics. They will discuss the financial problems that we face as a state and a nation, touch on specific anti-family legislation as well as the need for good people to be involved in politics and public policy. Join us for a great discussion on this issue, and enjoy a good breakfast and fellowship. If you are not able to make it, please forward this email to someone you know who may be interested in joining us.

IFA Monthly Breakfast Meeting in NW ‘burbs for July 24th

Our second breakfast meeting in the northwest suburbs will feature conservative pro-family advocate and candidate for state representative, Tom Morrison.  Tom grew up in the Chicago suburbs where politics and culture were everyday topics discussed at the family dinner table.

His parents, Roger and the late Susan Morrison, were active, lifelong Republicans, involved in both local and national issues.

Tom absorbed their passion and love for America and their respect for our nation’s Constitution.  His zeal for America’s founding principles would eventually lead him to seek public office.

Today, Tom is a successful businessman who serves members of our community during tough circumstances.  He knows what it takes to meet payroll and control expenses.  With a strong work ethic, he has created jobs in the midst of economic challenge.

Tom and his wife, Bethany, live in Palatine with their two children, Tyler, almost three, and one year old Susanna.

Over the past few years, Tom has become increasingly involved in the Republican Party. When people asked him to consider running for State Representative, he knew the time to step up to public leadership had come.

IFA Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, July 24, 2010
8:00 A.M. – Breakfast Buffet $10.00
8:30 A.M. – Tom Morrison

Ritzy’s Cafe
2765 Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL  60008 (map)

R.S.V.P. — Let us know you are planning to join us by emailing us HERE.

Topic of the Month

A rising star in Illinois politics, Tom Morrison, will discuss the financial problems that we face in Illinois, touch on the anti-family legislation, and the need for good people to be involved in politics and public policy.

Join us for a great discussion on this issue and enjoy a good breakfast and fellowship. If you are not able to make it, please forward this email to someone you know who may be interested in joining us.

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Prevent Illinois from Becoming the Next Iowa: Fight Back Against Judicial Activism

“Judicial bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous.” – Thomas Jefferson

The radical left has been trying to remake our nation. They know they can’t win at the ballot box, so they’ve been using the courts. It’s not just the federal courts; even state courts are prone to judicial activism.

State Supreme Courts in Massachusetts, California and even our neighbor Iowa have “discovered” rights to gay marriage. California voters were able to overrule the courts by using their ability to get constitutional amendments on the ballot. However, in Illinois, we have no such right.

You may not have heard that such a fight has come to Illinois . . . yet. That isn’t because the court wouldn’t be sympathetic to such a case though. Illinois’ Supreme Court is one of the most activist state courts in the country. The Heritage Foundation recently profiled our state Supreme Court in an article on Judicial Nullification, the process by which judges void laws for spurious reasons. The court is made up of 7 justices, 4 who are currently Democrats and radical judicial activists and 3 Republican justices.

In February of this year, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down medical malpractice liability reform on a party line vote. They declared any medical malpractice caps to be unconstitutional. Or to put it another way, the court said you have a right to a $10 million dollar award if you stub your toe. Their reason? They cited separation of powers because no one can tell the courts what to do. This wasn’t the first time they did this either. They struck down similar laws 2 other times for similar reasons.

What does this have to do with social issues? It shows a pattern in the 4 liberal justices who will openly disregard the law if it doesn’t suit their liking. The same kind of approach to judging the law that Iowa and other states used to “discover” gay marriage.

Recently, a Federal Judge ruled the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. Why? Because he didn’t like it. Why did the Illinois Supreme Court rule against Tort Reform? Because they didn’t like it. When judges impose their will against the people, against the legislature and against the Governor, you know radical left-wing allies will come calling.

A more egregious example of this out of control court is parental notification. We passed a law in 1995 that required abortion doctors to notify parents if their children were getting abortions. This requires the state Supreme Court to write a rule for courts to follow. They REFUSED to write the rule so the law could not be enforced for about a DECADE. It was so out of line, Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan intervened (who is no ally of the pro-life movement). They eventually relented due to her pressure.

This is a court that simply does not recognize any law that does not conform to its far left worldview.

What can we do to stop this? Every 10 years our state supreme court justices must stand for “retention.” What this means is that in November, voters can vote “yes” or “no” on whether those judges keep their jobs. If 60% say yes, they can stay, if 40% or more say no, they are voted off the bench.

Three of the four court liberals are up for retention this November. Justice Kilbride in the 3rd district (which runs roughly from Will County to Peoria to Rock Island), Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justice Freeman in the 1st District (Cook County). This means that we can replace 3 of the liberal justices and can bring order to the court. Radical left-wing activists know this which is why they aren’t pushing any contentious issues right now. If we can win just one of these races, we can bring order to the court. However, we’ll be going after all 3 of these out-of-control justices.

See, if we miss this opportunity in November to stop them, they have 10 MORE YEARS to serve on the bench without fear of being held accountable to the voters. That is why we need to step forward now. This court has shown itself out of the mainstream and willing to ignore the rule of law and the voters when it suits their whims and those of the special interests they serve.

To win this race we need to get the word out. That is why I’ve formed Equal Justice NOW, a political action committee to educate voters, run advertisements, and ensure that these justices are held accountable. I need your help.

First, we need to educate ourselves, our families, our friends and our communities about these races to ensure they vote “No” in November. Even if you don’t live in those districts, if you know people who do, please talk to them.

Second, we will be doing battle against the trial lawyers who love these justices who ignore the law. They have lots of money to counteract us. We don’t need to raise more than they can spend, but we do need money for our own advertising campaign. If you are able, please send a political contribution to Equal Justice NOW at 715 Erin Drive, Champaign, IL 61822 or via the website at http://illinoisequaljustice.org/?page_id=5.

Together we can bring order to the court, can I count on your support?

Thank you and God Bless,

John Bambenek
Director, Equal Justice NOW


Irresponsible Political Leadership

In an attempt to bring the Illinois budget in line with state revenues, Governor Quinn recently announced spending cuts of 1.4 billion. There has been much handwringing about the cuts to education, healthcare and social services – arguably, there are legitimate concerns about cutting services and programs.

Call me cynical, but I think it is far too easy for politicians to play upon the sympathies and fears of the public while calling for a tax increase instead of doing the hard work of cutting government waste and bloat.  A quick look at some of this year’s budget allocations and I think you will agree:  our current state lawmakers are disconnected with reality.

In the face of deep cuts for education, health care, human services and public safety how can they justify spending $6 million taxpayer dollars for the Museum of Broadcast Communication in Chicago?  Or $100 million to study and promote a 3rd Chicago area airport in Peotone and another $175 million to purchase private land for an airport the FAA has not even sanctioned?  What about $104, 271 for The Nature Conservancy, or $71,579 for the Chicago Horticultural Society, and $60,198 for the Missouri Botanical Garden?  Do we really want $475,000 of our hard-earned tax dollars going to provide programs for homosexual and transgender senior citizens?

That’s the tip of the iceberg.

In addition to unrestrained spending and a time when many Illinois households are scaling back their family budgets, Gov. Quinn handed out an average of 11.4 percent raise to 35 members of his staff and another 40,000 state employees will be getting a 14 percent raise.  When have you had a raise like that?

Enough is enough. Illinois needs responsible leaders who don’t exploit taxpayers.

Illinois citizens need to remember how irresponsible our political leaders have been on Election Day.

David E. Smith, Executive Director

Illinois Family Action

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com