Among the many here in Illinois who refer to themselves as “conservative Republicans,” I have been concerned for a number of years regarding the future of self-proclaimed conservatives and their waning influence in the Republican Party.
In Lake County there is a functioning and active conservative group that dates back to 2001, the Republican Assembly of Lake County.
Years ago it was mandatory for RALC members to be pro-life, to ascribe to marriage between one man and one woman, to uphold gun rights via the Second Amendment, etc. Its Platform is closely aligned with the Platform of the Republican Party in Illinois. With a relaxation of membership qualifications, no longer is it necessary for a candidate to check “yes” beside all questions asked of prospective members on the RALC membership application form to qualify for membership.