About the Illinois Republican Party


Who We Are

The Republican Party of Illinois is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, with a proud tradition of support for freedom, opportunity, and integrity.

By fighting to reform Illinois, we will regain the trust of the people of this state.

We will return to our roots through dramatic reforms that can unleash the great potential of the individuals of this state – not the size and reach of government.

What We Stand For

  • Public office as a public trust
  • Less government intrusion in our lives
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Freedom and opportunity
  • No more “government as usual”
  • Lower taxes
  • Ending government waste
  • Less litigation
  • Personal responsibility
  • Smaller government
  • Strong national defense

Guiding Principles

  • I believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
  • I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all,
  • I believe free enterprise and encouraging business initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
  • I believe government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn,
  • I believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least,
  • I believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people,
  • I believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times,
  • I believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world,
  • Finally, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

The Problem

The State of Illinois finds itself on the brink of financial collapse, and a troubling pattern of scandal and controversy has caused people to lose faith in their leaders.

Irresponsible decisions by elected officials have mortgaged the future for Illinois children. Under the direction of one-party Democrat control over the last decade, state spending, taxes, and borrowing have skyrocketed.

This crisis cannot be solved by placing greater burdens on consumers, employers, and employees. We need dramatic change.

The people of Illinois need to change the way they govern themselves. We must restrict the bad tendencies of Illinois governing structure, and return more power back to voters who deserve greater control of their own destiny. People know how to build their future. In Illinois, they simply lack the ability to do so.

2016 Illinois Republican Party Platform & Current Bylaws

Click here for a copy of the Illinois Republican Party Bylaws.

Click here for a copy of the 2016 Illinois Republican Party Platform.

About Our Chairman

Tim Schneider is the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. Unanimously elected to the post in May of 2014, Chairman Schneider's top priority has been to unite and grow the Illinois Republican Party by advancing our message of good government - value for tax dollars, a quality education for our kids, term limits on career politicians, and a booming economy with more jobs and higher pay.

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Tim Schneider has dedicated his life in public service to promoting fiscally conservative values of smaller government, lower taxes, less spending and fighting corruption. At the township, county and statewide levels, Tim remains a steadfast voice for reform and accountability.

Currently serving in his third term as a Cook County Board Commissioner, Tim has led the fight against increased taxes and spending – advocating fiscal responsibility and transparency in government. Tim led the fight to repeal Todd Stroger’s sales tax increase, sponsored legislation to combat pay-to-play and workers compensation, and worked to cut millions in wasteful taxpayer spending. The Chicago Tribune called Tim “a strong and absolutely unwavering voice for streamlining county government” and “an extraordinary member of a Board that could use many more like him.”

Previously, Tim served as Hanover Township Trustee from 1984-1997 and then Hanover Township Highway Commissioner from 1997-2006. As highway commissioner, Tim improved township roads without impacting the highway commission’s bottom line – leaving office with a $2 million surplus.

During the 2016 election, Chairman Schneider oversaw a combined effort among Governor Rauner's campaign, the House Republican Organization, and the Illinois Republican Party to elect Republican Statehouse candidates in targeted districts across Illinois. The results were unprecedented - for the first time since 2004, Illinois Republicans successfully netted seats in both the Illinois House and Senate in a Presidential Election, a truly historic feat for Republicans in Illinois.

Chairman Schneider looks to keep the momentum going in 2018 by reelecting Governor Rauner, electing more Republicans statewide in Illinois, and expanding the number of rank-and-file Republican lawmakers in both Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He serves as general partner/owner of The Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin and Waterwerks Car Wash in Elgin. He and his wife Shelly have a daughter and two sons.

Contact : Chairman@ilgop.org


Message from the Chairman

Dear Friend:

As a small business owner and a fiscal conservative, I have dedicated my life in public service to promoting our Republican values of smaller government, lower taxes, less spending and fighting corruption.

We live in a state that suffered the consequences of one-party rule from 2002 to 2014. For too long, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, and their allies raised our taxes, spent our money and cut insider deals without any consequences on Election Day.  Businesses fled Illinois, and families struggled to make ends meet.

In November 2014, the people of Illinois declared that they were ready for change.  They rejected irresponsible leadership and business-as-usual; they chose fiscally conservative leadership and an end to special interest politics.  They elected Bruce Rauner to restore Illinois to its rightful place as a Midwest economic powerhouse.

Working together, Republicans led by Governor Bruce Rauner are offering the people of Illinois a better way – a path to prosperity, accountability and reform.  

We are the party of the middle class, fighting to protect working families from tax increases.  We are the party of small business, fighting to protect job creators from Mike Madigan’s red tape.  We are the party of women and minorities, fighting to improve education, clean up our streets and give entrepreneurs a real shot at the American dream.


Thank you for all you do for the State of Illinois and the Republican Party.

Very truly yours,

Tim Schneider
Chairman, Illinois Republican Party




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Illinois Republican Members of Congress

6th Congressional District: Rep. Peter Roskam
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12th Congressional District: Rep. Mike Bost
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13th Congressional District: Rep. Rodney Davis
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14th Congressional District: Rep. Randy Hultgren
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15th Congressional District: Rep. John Shimkus
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16th Congressional District: Rep. Adam Kinzinger
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18th Congressional District: Rep. Darin LaHood
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Illinois Republican State Central Committee

Chairman: Tim Schneider

1st Congressional District: Shaun Murphy

2nd Congressional District: Judy Diekelman

3rd Congressional District: Sean Morrison

4th Congressional District: Jay Reyes

5th Congressional District: Jack Dorgan

6th Congressional District: Brian Colgan

7th Congressional District: Carol Smith Donovan

8th Congressional District: Ryan Higgins

9th Congressional District: Blair Garber

10th Congressional District: Mark Shaw

11th Congressional District: Roger Claar

12th Congressional District: Michael Neubert

13th Congressional District: Fred Floreth

14th Congressional District: Stanton Bond

15th Congressional District: Robert Winchester, Sr.

16th Congressional District: John McGlasson

17th Congressional District: Jan Weber

18th Congressional District: Michael Bigger

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