Guns Save Life Meeting
My wife and I went to Guns Save Life meeting Thursday (December 14th), ran by Glen Pratt. John Krupa was the guest speaker and he did a great job of explaining some of the issues and details of the ridiculous gun ban. Christopher E Lukow also had a display there for Love Life of Illinois - LaSalle County Chapter, fighting for the rights of the innocent lives in the womb.
Marshall-Putnam County Queens Christmas Party
Marshall-Putnam County Queens Christmas Party at Putnam County High School event was today. They had Santa Claus and all kinds of activities for the children. Great group of people.
Hennepin Park District Swimming Pool 50th anniversary
The Hennepin Park District Swimming Pool 50th anniversary was today (December 17th). They had cake and snacks, plus an animal ballon person, along with great live music. She was a very good singer.
Santa at the Towanda American Legion
Towanda pancakes with Santa at the Towanda American Legion was held Saturday (December 16th). The pancakes and sausage were good. The Grinch punch did taste like Grinch punch though (pucker up). Santa Claus was there for the children. Good crowd, and I had good political discussions with those around me. We are all on the same page on the current shape of government officials, and the unfortunate direction this country and state are currently in.
LaSalle County Republican Christmas Party
My wife and I attended the LaSalle County Republican Christmas party Friday night (December 15th), held at Jaime’s Outpost in Utica. It was a great crowd and good time. The sing-a-long was a lot of good Chrisitan songs. I tried to win the ugly sweater contest, but loss.
Busy December week
I had a great week of campaigning. Talking to a variety of people from around the district was great. The word seems the same – Current government is not looking out for its citizens, and people want the government to leave them alone and stop overtaxing us.
I went to Bloomington for the Cities 92.9 event where they were getting Trump and Trump delegate petitions signed. The two hour even went quick, with good conversation, and plenty of conservative support.
The next day I attended a controlled house burn. The El Paso fire department led the way, while Lexington, Secor, and Towanda fire departments were also there for the live training. A great friend of mine's house was the practice house. Note that I am the President of the Benson Fire Protection District.
The Benson Parade and Town Sing was Saturday, December 9th. We were in this parade. The village seemed quite upbeat and festive. Since we were in the parade, I was unable to take pictures of the parade except for some of it when we were staging. Santa was sure at a lot of places lately.
My wife and I went to the Cornell Christmas celebration. In the morning I ate at their pancake and sausage breakfast at the American Legion, and later in the day we participated in the light parade, and met Santa Claus. The food was good, and there was great conversation.
On the way home from Cornell, we went through Dana. They really have a nice set of lighting downtown. I had to stop and take a picture of it. The picture doesn't do it justice, the colors were really beautiful.
Went to see what was going on at the breakfast with Santa Claus held in Washburn today. This event is run by the Women of Washburn. Their organization does many wonderful things in the community and should be supported. There were a lot of children present, with many activities to do, including meeting Santa Claus. Pictured with me is Judy Feazel, who is part of the organization, and is a good friend of my sister (they were also co-workers in nursing).
On Sunday we went to the Women of Wenona Breakfast, with Santa Claus. Santa Claus did a photo bomb in one of the pictures. Pictured with Miss Marshall-Putnam County 2023 Queen Nadia Kessling, and Marshall County Circuit Clerk Gina Noe.
Minonk Lights event
My wife and I went to the Minonk parade of lights festivities Saturday. The shops were open and we talked to some of the shop owners. One of the businesses we went to was the D & S Antique Mall (Owned by Dale and Sarah Merriman). Very nice and clean. I am pictured with Sarah. Pictured also is an owner of Minonk Chocolate Company (Originally Cunningham Candies), Zach Meyer. I used to buy candy in the Minonk school from Mrs. Cunningham (not a direct owner), as she was my English teacher.. I was in band from 5th grade through my senior year and played trombone (MDR was a top band in the state all through my high school years). My freshman or sophomore year I bought Zach’s dad’s trombone when his dad graduated from high school.
Flanagan Parade of Lights
My wife and I went to the Flanagan Lighting event today (Sunday, December 3rd). They had the lighting of the Christmas tree, a light parade, a vendor show, and bingo at the American Legion. At the vendor show a good friend of mine, Jim Yuill-pictured (college buddy, both worked Pontiac prison together, and was a groomsman in my wedding, and I in his), and his wife were running one of the vendor booths. We played bingo, where the very first play I won! We were also in the parade, showing the reason for the season. It was a great time, and talked to many good friends, as well as new acquaintances I hadn’t met until today.
Today, Monday, November 27th, I filed my petitions to run as a State Representative of the General Assembly for District 105. I am running for this office to properly represent the citizens of this district. During the petition drive I personally walked the communities and discussed the problems they see in government. Also, thank you to everyone who helped me get petitions signed! During the rest of this campaign, and after in office, I will continue to walk the communities, discuss issues with the voters, and address their concerns as best possible. I am prolife, anti-critical race theory, pro 2nd amendment, pro agriculture / bio fuels. I am for smaller, more efficient government, local government authority rather than ruled from afar, and for a balanced budget. I am a grass roots Republican. Don’t support the party name only, support Republican policies. I am disappointed in the policies sponsored and voted into law by the incumbent. Whether it be his co-sponsorship of HB3751 where it does clearly provide a pathway for noncitizens to be police officers over previous law, thus undermining citizen sovereignty and State independence. Or Democrat sponsored SB2323, which undermined local autonomy. Or him standing in support of litigation which subsequently damaged Tom DeVore’s lawsuit (where I am a plaintiff) that was aimed at removing Public Act 102-1116 (gun ban) and stopping the improper proceedings that the General Assembly currently practices. My dedication to representing this district will require me to retire from my current employment so that I can focus on the needs of our communities. I hope to talk to you on the campaign trail. You can reach out to me at Rients4house@outlook.com.
Along with us waiting in line was fellow Republican, Crystal Loughran (pictured right) who is running for State Representative in the 76th District. My wife (pictured left) and Teresa Schmidt were also present here.
A few more pictures from inside the state capital, which was finished in the 1880s, and is my hope to be my next place in humbly serving the citizens of District 105. Notice the top of the dome, it says “State Sovereignty”. The tenth amendment was very important still at that time, as for me it is as important today. “Codifying with Federal law” as my opponent stated was part of his HB3751 reasoning, so that whatever the Federal government decides to do, then the Illinois State will be obliged to do, undermines some of the tenth amendment authority. It was very important to the founders of this country and written in the U.S. constitution, that, even though we are a “Federal Union”, united in our freedom and cause, that each of the States had its own sovereignty. This is something that I feel has been eroded over the last century.
It was 21 degrees when we got in line. The Carhartt hat made my hair messy. The first picture is finally is finally making it into the building. The second picture is with Darren Bailey, who also delivered his own petitions rather than having another person or group do the work
Republican Grassroots to get Illinois back on track
This is a good article on the status of the Illinois Republican party and what needs done to fix it. As Republicans we cannot stand by and watch a part of the party chum up with the Democrats thus making us look no different than them. The Democrats have destroyed the State of Illinois, and we should not be part of their destructive festival. We Republicans need to stand firm on our principles. The leadership should not exclude candidates in the primaries, but it seems some of them, even local, will do whatever it takes to push out the grassroots efforts in their area. Senate and House Republican "Leaders" Declare War On The Grassroots To Steal Races (theillinoisrepublican.com)