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 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.
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.