Chicago Young Republicans Weigh In


CYRs Win 3 National Awards at 2016 National Young Republican Leadership Conference

The Chicago Young Republicans (CYRs) have been recognized as the best large YR group in the nation by the National Federation of Young Republicans at their 2016 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. In addition, for the third year in a row, the CYRs won an award for maintaining the best digital/social media presence and won Outstanding Club Website.

These awards further validate all the work the group has done over the past year to recruit and activate new members, manage overall communications and organize meetings, happy hours and large events throughout the city.

The CYRs will continue to build upon past successes in the run up to the 2016 Presidential race as well as the federal, state and local races in Illinois.

CYRs have been consistently recognized by Young Republican peers across the nation as well as local organizations as a premiere YR organization:

  • Outstanding Large Club Award (YRNF 2016)
  • Outstanding Club Website (YRNF 2016)
  • Outstanding Social Media (YRNF 2016)
  • Outstanding Social Media (YRNF 2015)
  • Outstanding Social Media (YRNF 2014)
  • Outstanding Large Club Award (YRNF 2013)
  • Outstanding Social Media (YRNF 2013)
  • CYRs Weekly Update was selected for the Outstanding Club Newsletter Award (YRNF 2011)
  • Outstanding Club Website (YRNF 2010)
  • Outstanding Large Club Award (YRNF 2009)
  • Outstanding Event for Election Night 2008 (YRNF 2009)
  • Outstanding Small Club Award (YRNF 2005)



Melody Mendez on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago talks with CYRs

FOX 32 viewers react to Thursday night's GOP Debate

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Donald Trump was the unrivaled lightning rod at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, but the prime-time showdown made clear he’s not the only fighter on the stage – or in the race. Jeff Halm, Jillian Bernas, and Angel Garcia of Young Republicans react to Thursday night's GOP Debate.

WGN Radio's Brandon Campbell talks with Chicago Young Republicans

WGN Radio's Brandon Campbell talks with Chicago Young Republicans about what makes them swing to the right, their hopes for Illinois and why Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is the right fit for Illinois: featuring President Jeff Halm, Vice President Jillian Bernas and Executive Secretary John Giokaris!


Join The Heartland Institute and the West Suburban Patriots for a discussion on School Choice


The Heartland Institute and the West Suburban Patriots are joining forces to sponsor a can’t-miss, kid-friendly National School Choice Week event!


Join us on Sunday, January 25 at Wheaton Bowl, where the kids can bowl while parents learn how to improve public education through school choice. Watch a screening of the new documentaryThe Ticket and meet state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), a champion of school choice in Springfield.


School choice is all about empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children ‒ whether it be traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, or home schooling. Every child is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach to education simply doesn’t work.




Friday, October 24

3pm Registration Opens

7pm Opening Dinner

The Hononorable Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana

Sean Hannity, Nationally-Syndicated Radio & Television Host

Saturday, October 25

8am Breakfast and General Session

Edward Klein, author of Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas

9am — 12pm Breakout Sessions

You will have the opportunity to attend a number of various break-out sessions, covering a wide variety of topics. The sessions will be organized into three tracks — policy, activism, and economics.

In the policy track, you will learn the nuances of the most important issues facing the country and the state, including Obamacare, taxes, and government transparency. Presented by the Illinois Policy Institute.

On the activism track, you will be taught techniques for using social media to get your message out, how to win at the local level, and how to talk about freedom. Presented by Amerians for Prosperity.

The economic track will educate you on the impact of the mid-term elections on the markets, what the end of quantiative easing will mean, and how to achieve personal economic freedom in retirement.

12pm Lunch

Dana Loesch, author of Hands Off My Guns:Defeating the Plot to Disarm America

12:30pm Townhall Media Rumble

When some of the most prominent names in conservative media get together in the same room, on the same stage, there will hardly be enough room to contain all of the opinions. For an hour, we’ll unleash the punditry of Guy Benson (, Katie Pavlich (, Ed Morrissey (, and Noah Rothman (, as they tackle everything from the never-ending Obama scandals, to the myriad of foreign policy crises, to handicapping the 2016 campaign. This roundtable experience will also be interactive, as our panelists will take questions from the audience. It’s an unfiltered and uncensored conversation certain to inform and entertain.

3pm  Closing Reception

Comedian Steven Crowder

Best-selling author and commentator, Mark Steyn

Former Rep. Joe Walsh, host of the Joe Walsh Show

Early Voting for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election will be offered from Mon., Oct. 20 through Sun., Nov. 2.

Early Voting


Five regional sites will be open every day, from Oct. 20 through Nov. 2 with Sunday hours and evening hours during the final week of Early Voting. Only at these five sites, listed below, hours will be:
OCT. 20-25 – 9 AM - 5 PM
SUN., OCT. 26: 10 AM - 4 PM
OCT. 27-31 – 9 AM – 7 PM
SUN., NOV. 2: 10 AM – 4 PM

Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live.

Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.

Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting.

ID is not required; however, we advise each voter to have ID in the event there is a question about the registration. All Early Voting sites will serve as “grace period registration” sites where voters may register for the first time or update the name or address on their existing registrations. Learn more about Grace Period registration.



Come on out for the 2014 Cook County Republican Convention

Don't miss a great day to learn, prepare your last month of strategy, distribute your message & connect with candidates, committemen and volunteers.




Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series

Are you a Republican woman interested in an elected or appointed governmental/political position? Would you be interested in a great program that thoroughly prepares Illinois women to hold public service positions and springboards them into the public service realm? The Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series is an organization dedicated to training Republican women for elected or appointed position at the federal, state, and local levels and is accepting applications for the Class of 2015. Application Deadline is November 18.
Founded in 1994, the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series has graduated more than 180 women from every part of the state and continues today to follow the mission: To increase the number of Illinois Republican women in elected and appointed governmental and political positions at the local, state, and federal levels. Interested, but want more insight? The application can be found online at the Lincoln Series website.

Sept. 3 Business Meeting. Meet Young Republican Congressman Aaron Schock


Only TWO MONTHS away from Election Day! What can young Republicans do to help bring back Illinois?

Join us for our monthly business meeting as the Chicago Young Republicans host Congress' youngest Republican: Illinois' own Rep. Aaron Schock.

Wednesday, September 3
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Seasons 52
55 E Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Our business meetings are FREE to attend for all members and $10 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your spouses, friends, relatives, and co-workers! Our board members will be more than happy to introduce you around.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite.