Chicagoland Irish Community Mobilizing around Jeanne Ives in Republican Primary
A groundswell of support for State Representative Jeanne Ives in the upcoming Republican Primary for Governor on March 20th is coalescing in the Irish community. Irish American radio personality Mike Houlihan is spearheading a fundraiser, IRISH FOR IVES, on Monday March 5th at Reilly’s Daughter Irish Pub in Oak Lawn, at 4010 West 111th Street from 5-7PM.
Houlihan says, “Jeanne Ives is the only pro-life candidate in this race, and the only candidate with the courage to confront not only failed Governor Bruce Rauner, but also Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, whose iron grip on the legislature is dragging the state into bankruptcy and insolvency. I want to see Jeanne Ives elected and so do many of my friends in the Irish community.”
An elite committee of Irish Americans have joined the IRISH FOR IVES bandwagon, including Billy O’Connell, John Cleary, John Powers, Pat Hickey, Bob Flood, Mary Carney, and pro-life activists Chris Iverson and Jill Stanek, along with Father Tony Brankin. The event is open to all and parents are encouraged to bring the kids for a “hooley” including some lively Irish music from “The Great Whiskey Project”. The “suggested donation” is only thirty bucks but larger donations are encouraged as well. Kids are free and there will be a cash bar for the event.
Ives campaign has been gaining momentum every day since she trounced Rauner in front of the Tribune editorial board in late January, triggering major donors to step forward and Houlihan says, “Rauner is afraid to debate her and we’re hoping to bring Jeanne over the top for St. Patrick’s Day and help her win the Republican nomination for Governor!”
Reilly’s Daughter is located at 4010 West 111th Street in Oak Lawn with plenty of free parking.