LIBERTYVILLE - Five years after the Tea Party movement's rebirth in 2009, Northern Illinois Patriots are going strong with the leadership of Libertyville's Tony Raymond. The group will be celebrating their anniversary at their annual fundraiser Tuesday night at Austin's.
"We started out with 140 or so in 2009, and now we average about 50 at our monthly meetings," Raymond told Illinois Review. "But we've got great folks that love our country and work together to resist the Democrats turning Lake County blue. We've got a lot at stake with progressives moving forward."
Holding local and state governments accountable for their actions and how they spend taxpayer funds is an important part of Northern Illinois Patriots' efforts, and so this year they're presenting to "For the Good of Illinois'" CEO Adam Andrzejewski their Patriot of the Year award.
"Adam's work is important and we want to recognize his efforts," Raymond said.
Presenting the award to Andrzejewski will be WIND 560 AM talk show host Joe Walsh, who received the first award in 2012. In 2013, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point was recognized.
The Northern Illinois Patriots are hoping to raise enough funds to cover the group's expenses plus a little more. The Tuesday night fundraiser will be at Austin's, 418 Peterson in Libertyville.