The Madison Patriot, 16th Issue
Friday, April 8, 2022
From the Desk of Chairman Ray Wesley
Election season has officially begun. Petitions have been turned in, candidates are on ballots for the June 28th primary, and we welcome spring and the opportunities it brings for the candidates to introduce themselves to the voters. Planning is underway for the Party Golf Scramble, the Lincoln Day Dinner, the GOP Picnic, and numerous candidate events.
 
It's exciting to see our base so engaged. That engagement shows through your participation in the petition drives and meet and greet events held earlier this year.
We are poised and ready to elect more qualified conservatives to represent us at the State and local levels. It starts locally with holding the gains made on the Madison County Board. We are excited about the conservative candidates that have stepped up to give Madison County the opportunity for true representation in Springfield. We need to defeat the current puppets we have that follow the orders of the Chicago Democratic Machine.
 
The judicial sub-circuit races are heating up. A hearing on challenges to two Democratic Candidate petitions was heard yesterday before the Madison County Electoral Board. The Board sustained the challenges, removing the two Democratic Candidates from the Primary ballots. There will be more to come on this as the next step in the process allows for the Electoral Board’s decision to be appealed. We will keep you informed as information becomes available.
 
As I send you these newsletters you have the opportunity to be part of them. At the end of each introduction, you’ll find the contact information necessary to submit your information. Call me or send me an email if you'd like to include something in an upcoming issue of the Madison Patriot: 618-970-1800 or madcogopchair@gmail.com.
 
Most respectfully,
 
Ray Wesley
 
Ray Wesley, Chairman
Madison County Republican Central Committee
Notice of Appeal Filed by State's Attorney Haine in Ongoing Subcircuit Legal Battle
Madison County State's Attorney announced the county has filed a Notice of Appeal in the continuing legal battle regarding the recently passed judicial sub-circuit legislation.

"This sub-circuit law is unjust, unconstitutional and riddled with problems," Haine said. 

"We can discern no legitimate reason why this law needs to be implemented on such a rushed time frame in Madison County but not elsewhere in the state."

"This sudden, unexplained rush has forced Madison County into court, where a bipartisan and overwhelming majority of the county board resolved to defend our fundamental commitment to a fair and equal justice system," he said. "That legal fight continues with this appeal."

While the judges were appointed to serve the entire county, the Illinois Legislature passed last minute legislation in January of this year dividing the county into sub-circuits. This legislation required both judges to move into new homes within weeks so they could pass petitions in the sub-circuit allotted for the vacancies. Only the voters from this one particular sub-circuit will elect Madison County judges in these two races, leaving two-thirds of the County ineligible to vote for a judge that may one day hear their case. Despite moving and an ongoing legal challenge, both judges filed with well above the required number of signatures.

It is important to note that this legislation passed on a partisan roll-call with local Democrat legislators Senator Rachelle Crowe and Representative Katie Stuart voting yes. 
Upcoming Events
 
5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, Kick Off Event for Erica Harriss for State Senate, The Outlet at Edison's, 2477 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville. $25 per person & sponsorships are available.

 
5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Reception for Barry Vaughn for Appellate Court, Global Brew, 2329 Plum St., Edwardsville. $30 per person/$50 per couple.

5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, Joe Hackler for State Rep., Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia, Collinsville. $20 per person.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, State Rep. Amy Elik's Legislative Luncheon, Special Guest State Rep. Ryan Spain, House Republican Majority Leader. WOW on Broadway, 630 E. Broadway, Alton. $75 per person.


5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Kick Off for Mike Walters for County Clerk, Cloverleaf Golf Club, 3555 Fosterburg Road, Alton. $50 per person/$75 per couple.

Saturday, May 21, 7 a.m. registration & 8 a.m. shotgun start, 6th Annual Chairman's Cup Golf Scramble, Oak Brook Golf Club, 9157 Fruit Road, Edwardsville. $400 per team. 
 
Friday, June 3, 12 p.m. registration and box lunch; 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, Second Annual Haine Golf Classic, 4701 College Ave., Alton.

 
TBA, Saturday, June 11, Connor for Madison County Sheriff Chicken and Beer Dinner, Collinsville, Fireman's Hall, 9510 Collinsville Road, Collinsville. More details coming soon.

TBA, Sunday, June 12, Linda Andreas for County Clerk, Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. More details coming soon.

TBA, Thursday, June 23, Godfrey Reception for State Rep. Amy Elik, Rolling Meadows Golf Course, 5801 Pierce Lane, Godfrey. More details coming soon.

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, State Rep. Amy Elik's BBQ and Shoot, Piasa Armory, 3685 E. Broadway, Alton. More details coming soon.
 
TBA, Saturday, Oct. 8, Madison County State's Attorney Tom Haine's Second Annual Trapshoot. More details coming soon.

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God bless you and God bless America! 
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