BARTLETT – Every other Thursday night at Banneman’s Sports Grill in Bartlett, a group of patriots quietly gather to share ideas and plans to keep liberty alive in Illinois. The Tri-Count-Teas, a group of Constitutionalists from DuPage, Cook and Kane counties, have been meeting since the summer of 2010, organizer Rick Newton said, and had an impact on the 2010 elections that fall.
Newton said the group has continued efforts to have an impact on local, state and national elections, as well as encourage liberty-loving people to get involved in helping candidates of their choice.
“We have always said to pick you candidate and get involved in that race,” Newton said.
Every meeting, Newton invites speakers to address current topics of interest to the group. Thursday night, the members heard from State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine).
“We’ve been hearing Rep. Ives and Morrison talk about issue like pension and the state budget, and there’s no question they get it,” Newton said. “Hearing from them and knowing there are state lawmakers that share our members concerns encourages us all.”
Indeed, communicating directly with lawmakers does have an impact – something the Tri-Count-Tea members are eager to do. The amount U-46 School District’s property tax were hiked and concern about a county effort to tax storm water drainiage were two issues that sparked discussion at Thursday’s meeting. Rather than complain, get involved, Newton told the group.
After one member encouraged a protest at DuPage County Board’s next meeting over the storm water taxing effort, State Rep. Ives said that she voted to support the storm water bill in the House because she was of the mind that those who use the drain system more should pay more – akin to a user fee, rather than fall on property owners that are carrying all the expense. Ives told the group that the storm water idea worked well in Wisconsin with Governor Scott Walker’s support, but that a county official had told her implementing the storm water drain user plan would be a nightmare, if not impossible, to enforce as written in the law.
In two weeks, the Tri-Count-Teas will be hosting a town hall with U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06). For more information, see the Tri-Count-Teas’ Facebook group page.