Learning from the Best?

Welch and his colleagues have failed Illinoisans in every promise of good governance.

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Learning from the Best?

What Chris Christie Gets Wrong About Illinois

Under Governor Pritzker and supermajority Democrat leadership, Illinois families are hurting, and the government is failing.

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What Chris Christie Gets Wrong About Illinois

Pritzker’s Job Record: Total Failure

Pritzker's record on job creation is an absolute embarrassment.

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Pritzker’s Job Record: Total Failure

Lessons from the 2021 Elections

Candidates running against the status-quo up and down the ticket can win in Illinois in 2022.

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Less Politicking, More Educating

The bottom line is that education funding should serve students and their educational needs, not the political agendas of the adults in charge. 

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Illinois Needs An Education Revolution

Pritzker is not shy about where he stands on giving parents more choice and input over their children’s education.

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Illinois Needs An Education Revolution

Pritzker declares gun violence public health crisis

Pritzker has finally acknowledged his complete failure to keep families safe.

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Pritzker declares gun violence public health crisis

Rep. Batinick, Sen. Barickman and IOP Launch Statewide Initiative to Empower Voters with Ability to Recall Politicians

“Shall Illinois voters be given the power to recall their elected officials?”

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TAKE ACTION: Recall Corrupt Politicians

Circulate the Recall Corrupt Politicians petition!

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General Assembly Members Who Lied About Their Support for Independent Maps

This map drawn behind closed doors solely by partisan actors was voted on by Democrats, some of whom tried to position themselves as supporters of a fair/independent map-making process.

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General Assembly Members Who Lied About Their Support for Independent Maps

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Learning from the Best?

November 23, 2021 By Katie Clancy Illinoisans are still waiting for the “New Day” promised by newly appointed House Speaker Chris Welch, even as the Springfield political conglomerate tries to convince you it exists. Case in point, Politico reported that when looking for advice, Speaker Welch consulted with ...
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What Chris Christie Gets Wrong About Illinois

November 23, 2021 By Mark Cavers Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that Illinois is not a "top-tier" state for national Republicans last week, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Illinoisans pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. Nearly 700 people have been murdered in ...
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Pritzker’s Job Record: Total Failure

November 16, 2021 Gov. Pritzker's record on job creation is an absolute embarrassment. A total failure. Gov. Pritzker's picking and choosing what businesses were deemed "essential" to remain open during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis sent working families home without paychecks. His graduated income tax hike was aimed at ...
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Thank Gov. Pritzker for Raising the Gas Tax

The state’s gas tax increases again on July 1. The doubling of the gas tax from 19 cents to 38 cents was part of Gov. Pritzker’s 2019 budget that included 20 tax and fee hikes. The gas tax increases every year with inflation and also empowers local governments to raise their gas tax.

To show your appreciation for higher taxes, sign here to thank Gov. Pritzker!

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Save the Invest in Kids Act

Parents deserve more options for their child’s education. That’s why school choice policies such as Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program, the Invest in Kids Act, are so critical in times like this.

Gov. Pritzker has repeatedly called to end the Invest in Kids Act with the Illinois Education Association’s support.

The Invest in Kids Act was passed in 2017 and has empowered thousands of parents across Illinois to choose where their child can receive the best educational opportunity.

Anthony Holter, president of Empower Illinois, the state’s largest scholarship-granting organization, said they “issued 5,500 scholarships (last year) and with every one issued, there were six more kids in line for one.”

Parents are desperate for better educational opportunities for their children. The General Assembly must act to save and make the Invest in Kids Scholarship Program permanent so that all children, no matter their disability, family’s income, or zip code, receive the best education possible.

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ILLINOIS POLICY

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The Illinois Opportunity Project believes that empowering and organizing people around our shared values is the most impactful way to change our State and strengthen our communities. 

We use the neighborhood team model and relational organizing to empower individuals to change their neighborhoods and advance free-market principles into law.
 
This relationship-centric approach prioritizes the identification, training, and development of volunteer leaders. These local leaders build field organizations that drive voter contact, strengthen their communities, and create lasting policy and political change. It is a grassroots model that builds advocacy capacity from the neighborhood up, not the top down.
 
This approach of investing in people, building relationships, and creating a structure of cascading training and leadership development allows us to contact and educate voters on an enormous scale.

WE HELPED SUPPORT THESE LEGISLATORS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO LIBERTY & FREE ENTERPRISE

DAN UGASTE

State Representative - District 65

Dan Ugaste is an American politician and Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 65th district. The district, located in the Chicago metropolitan area, includes all or parts of Batavia, Elgin, Geneva, Hampshire, South Elgin, and St. Charles.

DEANNE MAZZOCHI

State Representative - District 47

Deanne Mazzochi is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 47th district. The 47th district includes all or parts of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Westmont, and Downers Grove.

MIKE MARRON

State Representative - District 104

Michael T. Marron is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 104th district. The 104th district includes parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties in east-central Illinois.

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