Diane Harris of Joliet, pictured at right, was one of several candidates who spoke to a group of downstate conservatives at the annual Illinois Forum lunch held at the Round Barn Restaurant in Champaign on Saturday, Aug. 24. Harris is a candidate for the 3rd District GOP nomination to oppose Rep. Dan Lipinski in 2014.
Other speakers included candidate for governor State Sen. Bill Brady, 13th District candidate for Congress and former Miss America Erika Harold of Champaign, and this IR contributor who is not running for anything at all.
The president of the Illinois Forum is former GOP state central committee member Robert Redfern of Fairfield and the Chair is Dan Crane of Danville. Other board members include Cliff Downen of Herrin, John McNeal of La Grange Park, Judy Crane Ross of Downers Grove. John Nickles of Libertyville, Former State Rep. Al Salvi of Evanston, Martha Tuttle of Paris, and Chad Koppie of Gilbert.