West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

Past WSP meetings

Find out about past WSP meetings here.

This first entry is for general information about our Tea Party.  Other entries are one per Patriot's Breakfast.

Video - WSP vision http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/video/west-suburban-patriots-vision

Video - can you hear us now http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/video/can-you-hear-us-now

Video - make mine freedom http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/video/make-mine-freedom-1948

WSP statement on elected officials attending our Patriot's Breakfast http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/profiles/blogs/wsp-statement-on-elected


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Comment by jan s on January 4, 2018 at 9:05pm

Dec. 9, 2017: Two guests from FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C., Emily Stack and Kathy Hartkopf, taught us how to use social media to our advantage and how to get involved in FreedomWorks #AMPFW program.   Meeting notice

Nov. 19, 2017: No meeting (conflicts)

Oct. 14, 2017: WSP founder, Carol Davis told us about a briefing at the White House that she had attended Meeting notice

Sep. 9, 2017: Our featured speaker was Jonathon Dunne, an Irishman who was visiting America, speaking about American Exceptionalism. Meeting notice

Aug, 12, 2017: No meeting

July 8, 2017: Nicole Virgil. She spoke about the controversial issue of vaccines. Meeting notice

June 10, 2017:  Our featured speaker was Diane Redleaf, Founder and Legal Director of The Family Defense Center Meeting notice

Comment by Sara Schmidt on July 11, 2017 at 7:25am

Enjoyed the meeting on July 8, learned so much.  I would like to know how I can get the constitution series that Carol started out the meeting with.  Saw a short segment on FNC last night about pharmaceuticals/vaccines that pretty much validated what Nicole said.

Comment by jan s on May 25, 2017 at 11:36am

Meeting announcement:   http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriots-breakfast-satu...

Fantastic speaker on Saturday (May 13, 2017) – Stephanie Maier, AFP's Grass Root Training... gave her talk on "The Sordid history of political correctness." The same speech is available on youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=Axyy2RZ7RoA

Comment by jan s on April 9, 2017 at 8:59pm

Patriots’ Breakfast:  April 8, 2017

Meeting announcement:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-april-2017

Our main speaker was Congressman Peter Roskam who is the chairman of the Ways & means, tax policy committee. He talked about progress they are making on tax reform. 

Their goals are to create a tax policy that:

  • Grows the economy
  • Simplifies the tax code
  • Incentivizes companies to stay in (or return to) the USA
  • Must be permanent

He mentioned a border adjustment tax that is being considered.  Currently goods produced here pay our income tax then a value added tax for the country where they are to be sold.  Most other countries charge no tax on goods being exported and we currently charge nothing on imports. Net result is imports to the US are not taxed, while exports are double-taxed.  Not fair.  Proposal is to remove our tax on exports and add a tax on imports.

Our second speaker was Adam Andrzejewski (Founder & CEO of Open the Books).  He told us about the transparency work they are doing.  For instance did you know that there are 13,000 federal workers based in Chicago? Or that the EPA has 36,000 lawyers – that’s more than the 11,000 lawyers who work for the department of justice.

Comment by jan s on April 8, 2017 at 8:52pm

Patriots’ Breakfast:  March 11, 2017

Meeting announcement:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-march-11-2017

We watched next segment of the "Constitution Alive" series and

Carol brought us an update on election integrity.

Comment by jan s on April 8, 2017 at 8:51pm

Patriots’ Breakfast:  February 11, 2017

Meeting announcement:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-sat…

Andrew Nelms, the Deputy State Director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Illinois talked about the variety of tax increase referendums that were on our April 2017 ballots

We also did a segment of "Constitution Alive"

Comment by jan s on April 8, 2017 at 8:50pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: January 7, 2017

Meeting announcement:  westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-jan-2017

We started the “the Constitution come ALIVE” series Heard from John Reeves and had many Candidates show up to give us their best three minute pitch.

Comment by jan s on December 4, 2016 at 2:13pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: December 3, 2016

Meeting announcement: westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-dec-2016  

Thanks to our generous Patriots we Celebrated Christmas with a brunch and heard from Calvin Lindstrom & John Kirkwood, two of the three founding pastors of the Christian Emergency League (christianleague.org)

Comment by jan s on December 4, 2016 at 2:06pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: November 5, 2016

Meeting announcement: westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-nov-2016

Carol Davis lead a discussion covering upcoming election issues, things we have accomplished, things we are working on and where do we go from here. 

Comment by jan s on October 4, 2016 at 1:05am

Patriots’ Breakfast: October 1, 2016

Meeting announcement: http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/meet-the-candidates

WSP hosted a meet the Candidates Open House.  There was time to chat and the following Candidates were each given about 5 minutes to give their pitch to our patriots and guests.

Federal offices:

  • Dave Tornga, DuPage County Coordinator, Trump/Pence-2016
  • Kent McMillan, Libertarian, US Senate

Illinois State offices:

  • Tracy Smodilla, IL Senate 22nd District
  • Seth Lewis, IL Senate, 23rd District
  • Heidi Holan, IL House 46th District
  • (Babette Holder for) Michael Strick, IL House Dist. 84


  • Liam Brennan, 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • Chris Kachiroubas, Clerk of the Circuit Court

DuPage County:

  • Tim Goodcase, DuPage County Board District 2
  • Tim Elliot, DuPage County Board District 4
  • Janice Anderson, DuPage County Board District 5
  • Jim Zay, DuPage County Board District 6
  • Bob Grogan, DuPage County Auditor
  • Tim Whelan Forest Preserve Of Dupage Commissioner District 4
Comment by jan s on August 17, 2016 at 5:17pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: August 6, 2016

Meeting notice: westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/patriot-s-breakfast-sat-august...

Frank Napolitano, Stan Zegel, and Jan shaw talked about next year’s local elections.

Voters deserve a choice.  We encouraged our patriots to consider running, or finding good candidates and helping them run.  The first day to circulate petitions for April 2017 consolidated elections is Sept. 20, 2015.  Now is the time to research boards and begin to organize.  

Comment by jan s on July 10, 2016 at 7:41pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: July 2, 2016
Meeting notice:  westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/july-patriot-s-breakfast-satur...

Tom Sutton was our featured speaker.

He started with some history of taxes and the desire for one world order – going back to Genesis in the bible.

Then explained property taxes and assessments.  It is possible to have the Township assessor lower your assessment if you can show that it is out of line compared to similar homes in your area.  You can also appeal to the county.  There is a limited time after you receive your tax assessment to appeal. 

Comment by jan s on July 10, 2016 at 7:24pm

Patriots’ Breakfast: June 4, 2016
Meeting notice: westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/june-patriot-s-breakfast-satur...


June's theme is Emergency Preparedness

These are the tips that Carol planned to cover, but did not due to time: CarolsEmergencyPreptips.pdf


Dan Rubino discussed Ham radios for emergency communications.  Note: your child’s old Walkie-talkie can work for short distances if the phone and internet networks are down.


The links Dan provided:


  • Illinois emergency conditions           monitor 3.905 Mhz LSB (7.230 LSB alternate)
  • Dan Rubino  KD9CHL                          KD9CHL@arrl.net


Linda Memmesheimer, co-founder of “Think Wholistic ,“ discussed Healthy life styles with an emphasis on the need for iodine.  She is a cancer survivor who believes that getting her body back in balance chemically helped save her.  Her web sites:


American Blackout - video

We recommended watching the following video (free, on YouTube). It will give you an idea of the kind of situations for which we need Emergency Preparedness.
 American Blackout 2013 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (1.5 hours)  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aNx8UHteFUU


Comment by jan s on May 10, 2016 at 11:50am

Patriots’ Breakfast: May 7, 2016

Meeting notice:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/may-patriot-s-breakfast


Our featured speaker at last Saturday’s Patriots’ Breakfast was Robert Saar, the Executive Director of the DuPage County Election Commission.  He presented data that he has already presented in Springfield. The law that was passed and signed by Gov. Quinn at the end of his term to create same-day voter registration creates a two-tier system, which is un-Constitutional because it is not equal protection under the law. 
Bob studied same day registration in other states.

  • States that have same day registration in the polling places see a 10%-12% increase in voter turnout.  
  • States that have same day registration only at the election commission have less than 1% increase.

The Illinois law creates a two-tier system.
counties with large populations have in the polls same day registration
the 84 smaller counties have same day registration at one central point – not at the polls.
For state wide races, this will in effect disenfranchise downstate voters.

It was also an un-funded mandate. The smaller counties cannot afford to implement it without state funding. The larger counties managed to find the resources for the equipment, software and data. 
Training of the voter registrars is another problem. Did they all know what types of ID are needed? 
From talking to friends who were the on-site registrars we know there was frustration due to Would-be voters who did not have proper ID to prove citizenship, residency and identity. And the polling place that serves Wheaton College students was “slammed” with a long line of students waiting to register especially at the end of the day.  

Comment by jan s on April 10, 2016 at 7:40pm

Patriot's Breakfast,   April 9, 2016

Meeting notice: westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/april-patriot-s-breakfast-sat-...

Our featured speaker was Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is the Senior Economic Contributor at Freedomworks and the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation.

Comment by jan s on April 10, 2016 at 7:39pm

Patriot's Breakfast,   March 5, 2016

Meeting notice:  westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/march-patriot-s-breakfast-sat-...

WSP hosted a Meet the Candidates Open House, with plenty of time to chat.

Candidates who spoke include

- James Marter, GOP candidate for US Senator from Illinois

- Jay Kinzler, candidate for GOP 6th Congressional District

- Nick Stella, candidate for GOP 11th Congressional District

- Tim Elliott, Candidate for GOP DuPage County district 4

- and others who spoke on behalf of their favorite candidate.

Comment by jan s on April 10, 2016 at 7:37pm

Patriot's Breakfast,   February 13, 2016

Meeting notice:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/strategy-2016-grassroots-activ...

WSP took our meeting on the road to Bloomington for a 1-day Strategic Conference for Conservative Grassroots Activists   The keynote speakers were Zach Werrell and Gray Delany authors of “How to Bag a RINO” and the architects of the Dave Brat primary victory over incumbent Rep. Cantor

Comment by jan s on April 10, 2016 at 7:36pm

Patriot's Breakfast,  January 23, 2016

Meeting notice:   westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/january-patriot-s-breakfast-sa...

Our featured speaker was Dr. Stephen Steinlight, one of the nation’s leading authorities on immigration.

Comment by jan s on April 10, 2016 at 7:34pm

December 2015,

No Patriots’ Breakfast due to the Holidays

Comment by jan s on January 1, 2016 at 12:30pm

Patriot's Breakfast, November 28, 2015

meeting notice: http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/november-patriot-s-brea...

Matt Batzel of American Majority came to our Patriot's Breakfast and provided excellent Activism Training for the group.  Matt covered a lot in a short amount of time and did a great job. We learned:

  • Effective Messaging: How to Message to the Heart
  • Effective Messaging: Countering the “War on Women” Lie
  • Campaign Track: Winning in the Bluest of States
  • Activism Track: Ten Steps to Full Speed Ahead 2015

Would you run a marathon without training?! To be a winning Activist and/or to win your campaign for office, you need to TRAIN! Let's get ready for 2016 – NOW is the time. American Majority has great resources online:

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