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Illinois Thu Jun 07 2012
It's a big week for Midwestern conservatives. Days after WI Gov. Scott Walker's victory on Tuesday in the recall election against him will be a weekend double-whammy of the Friday-Saturday Illinois GOP convention in Tinley Park and Friday's regional installment of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Rosemont.
Founded in 1973, CPAC is an annual gathering of conservative leaders, organizations, and activists filled with speeches, policy discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities galore. CPAC Chicago's theme of taking the fight to "President Barack Obama's backyard" will feature a mix of prominent national, regional and statewide figures, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, KS Gov. Sam Brownback, VA Gov. Bob McDonnell, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, LA Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, OH Gov. John Kasich, IN State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, and Illinois' own U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, Joe Walsh, and Randy Hultgren.
Beyond the high-profile, sound bite-heavy speeches, and rampant speculation over who will be Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate, the real highlight of the conference will be a sneak preview of the next five months of Republican party talking points and electoral strategies. The current agenda includes discussions led by conservative think-tanks over foreign policy, education, rule of law, gun rights, gay marriage, energy, unions, health care, taxes, and more.
CPAC Chicago will be held Friday, June 8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. On-site registration will take place June 7th from 4-8pm and June 8th from 8-6pm. General admission is $75, $35 for students; VIP registration is $200. A valid photo ID is required to check in.