BACKGROUND ON THE 2016 ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
The Illinois Republican Party hosts a state convention once every four years, approximately eight to ten weeks prior to the Republican National Convention. At the state convention, Republicans from all over Illinois will select At-Large Delegates and Alternate At-Large Delegates to represent Illinois at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18-21, 2016. The Illinois Republican Party also conducts official business, including the election of Illinois’ representatives to the Republican National Committee and a reassessment of the party's platform.
“Peoria will be a phenomenal host city for the Illinois Republican Party in 2016. After careful review of proposals from six different cities, it became clear that Peoria is the perfect destination to celebrate a new era of the Republican Party in Illinois. I want to thank the Peoria community for their hospitality and dedication to hosting a successful convention, particularly the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, State Central Committeeman Mike Bigger (CD-18), Peoria County Chairwoman Katherine Coyle, and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain. With their continued leadership, the 2016 Republican State Convention will be a tremendous success.” -- Tim Schneider, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party