We should place our trust in the people of Illinois, not its government.

47 Messages

Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 28, 2021 at 11:22 PM

Memorial Day

NationBuilder Friend -- This Memorial Day, let’s rededicate ourselves to making our nation stronger. That is the title of my op-ed in the Chicago Tribune this week. I urge you to take a minute and read the op-ed here.  When I was a State Senator, I shared the story of the best and …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 26, 2021 at 9:11 PM

Stand up for transparency and accountability

NationBuilder Friend -- It has been another busy week on the campaign trail from Jefferson County to Kane County. I appreciate the support for the campaign from across the state!? UPCOMING EVENTS I am excited to invite you to our "Let Freedom Ring" Dinner featuring the Missouri Sec…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 14, 2021 at 7:13 PM

I will always stand up for law enforcement...

NationBuilder Friend -- During Law Enforcement Week, we remember and honor those who represent what is best about America - police officers who have made the ultimate noble sacrifice by dying in the line of duty in service to their fellow man.   Police Week and Peace Officers Memo…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 23, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Invite to Hoffman Estates - Pritzker Failed Event - Next Thursday!

NationBuilder Friend-- It's no surprise to you that Governor Pritzker has failed our state. He failed to stand up to corruption in Illinois. He failed to protect our veterans, families, and communities. He failed overtaxed Illinoisans struggling to pay their bills.You and all Illin…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 17, 2021 at 8:08 PM

Telling the Truth About JB

NationBuilder Friend -- It's time to take the campaign against JB Pritzker to the next level. On Thursday, April 29th, we will unveil a new website, www.Pritzkerfailed.com.? The purpose of this website is to give Illinoisans the opportunity to tell their stories of how JB Pritzker …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 15, 2021 at 6:22 PM

Pritzker failed to listen

NationBuilder Friend -- A year ago, I wrote and sent a letter to Governor JB Pritzker urging him to change course in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This letter, signed by seven other Republicans, implored Governor Pritzker to include the Illinois General Assembly as partne…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 7, 2021 at 8:30 PM

check out this radio interview

NationBuilder Friend -- Our state is struggling, but what is holding Illinois back is its government, not its people. We have the talent and resources for Illinois to be the greatest state in our country and we need a leader in the Governor's mansion that can unite our state and fi…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 30, 2021 at 10:48 PM

Help Promote Our Latest Video

NationBuilder Friend -- Thank you to everyone who donated to help produce our latest video.? You can view the video here:?My Role in Trial of Saddam Hussein. These videos are a crucial part of telling our story so that Illinois voters know that I have the leadership experience we n…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Another Pritzker Failure: Illinois Veterans

NationBuilder Friend -- Yesterday the Pritzker Administration publicly released an eye-raising report showing that four-state run veterans homes suffered from a lack of standardized infection prevention policies and top-level leadership. Ultimately, 36 veteran residents of the LaSa…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 20, 2021 at 2:15 PM

Send JB a Message

NationBuilder Friend -- Last night JB Pritzker invested $35 million into his vision for a failed, corrupt Illinois.? This expenditure sends a message that Pritzker intends to continue his effort to make Illinois the most progressive state in our country.? Pritzker sent a message la…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 19, 2021 at 8:49 PM

Pritzker Got it Backwards

NationBuilder Friend -- Governor Pritzker gave a press conference yesterday about the next steps Illinois will take on the road to recovery from COVID-19. He outlined a plan that he says will take a "measured and cautious" approach to opening the state. Governor Pritzker has it com…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 16, 2021 at 7:49 PM

One Month on the Campaign Trail!

NationBuilder Friend -- It has officially been one month on the campaign trail. Thank you all for your support this far!  Most of you are parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. On the one year anniversary of "14 days to slow the spread," it is clear how much our children have s…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 19, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Watch my Announcement Video for Governor of Illinois

NationBuilder Friend -- You probably know by now that I formally announced my campaign for Governor of Illinois this week.? In case you missed it, you can?WATCH MY ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO HERE. We have gotten tremendous feedback on this video and it helped us pull off a successful stat…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 17, 2021 at 6:43 PM

ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm Paul Schimpf and I'm Running for Governor of Illinois

NationBuilder Friend -- I am excited to announce that I will be running for Governor of Illinois in 2022. This announcement is not something that I have spent my lifetime planning. Far from it. Instead, this is a decision I came to over the course of the past year as I watched our…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 11, 2021 at 9:24 PM

Who decides about your children's education?

NationBuilder Friend -- In my three years as a member on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), I voted multiple times against Governor Pritzker's overreaching executive orders.?JCAR is a process committee and on many occasions I believed the Governor was usurping the …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 3, 2021 at 4:08 PM

JCAR and the new education standards

NationBuilder Friend -- Do you have questions about the new, controversial education standards from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and how their review by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) is going to work?? If so, join me for a Facebook Live session …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
January 15, 2021 at 8:17 PM

A New Low Point

NationBuilder Friend -- I've seen a lot of disappointing things happen in my four years as an Illinois State Senator for the 58th District, but what happened on Wednesday morning was a new low.? After a night of twisting arms, the Illinois Senate passed the Democrats' Criminal Just…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
January 11, 2021 at 10:55 PM

Law enforcement protected me, let's protect them

NationBuilder Friend -- This week at Lame Duck Session the Illinois Democrats are trying to pass sweeping criminal justice reform legislation. To push this bill through an expedited session and against the recommendations of every law enforcement group in the state is irresponsible…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
December 23, 2020 at 3:13 PM

Merry Christmas 2020

NationBuilder Friend -- Lori, Ethan, Garrett, and I all wish you a Merry Christmas! We hope your holidays are blessed, peaceful, and filled with joy. Christmas Eve is our favorite day of year--at home with the family; playing board games for holiday bragging rights! Remember to jo…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
December 22, 2020 at 6:47 PM

Far Less Transparent than Rauner

NationBuilder Friend -- As Minority Spokesman for the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I've seen firsthand how the state of Illinois has let down our veterans at both the Quincy Veterans' Home (Legionnaires) and LaSalle Veterans' Home (COVID-19). When comparing their respective respon…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
December 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Expanded Social Media

NationBuilder Friend -- At one point in my Marine Corps career, I had the opportunity to work with an officer from South Korea.? One day he surprised me by explaining that the people of North Korea are very happy because their government-controlled media lies to them and tells them…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
December 1, 2020 at 8:33 PM

Too Little, Too Late

NationBuilder Friend -- November of 2020 was a tragic month at the LaSalle Veterans Home.? In less than a month, 27 of the 120 residents succumbed to COVID-19. Last week, in response to a request from me, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the outbreak to dete…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
November 26, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

NationBuilder Friend -- Lori, Ethan, Garrett, and I hope you have a blessed and happy 2020 Thanksgiving. We hope you have the opportunity to share this holiday with your family and friends. Campaigns and candidates come and go, but family and friends are forever. Please join us in …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
October 29, 2020 at 5:16 PM

Trafficking in pseudo-science

NationBuilder Friend -- The reporting lays it bare.? When it comes to pandemic response in Illinois, the Pritzker administration has given us pseudo-science managed by Democratic political operatives. Everyone in Illinois needs to read this article. The scientists advising Governor…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
October 21, 2020 at 9:27 PM

Illinois Supreme Court

NationBuilder Friend -- Control of the Illinois Supreme Court is at stake this election. If you live in the bottom third of the state, I urge you to vote for David Overstreet for the Illinois Supreme Court.? Justice Overstreet is currently the victim of a vicious smear by his Democ…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
September 29, 2020 at 8:42 PM

Don't forget about the judge races

NationBuilder Friend -- They may not be getting the same attention as the legislative or presidential races, but our judge races in Illinois are critically important.? Our Illinois judges determine the legality of executive orders and statutes. The two judge races I am following in…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
September 23, 2020 at 6:50 PM

Grossly incompetent mistake

NationBuilder Friend -- I really try to reduce the toxicity in politics.? We have to disagree without being disagreeable.? But right now, I am so mad at Governor Pritzker that I would have difficulty keeping my temper in check when speaking with him. This week the Illinois Departme…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
September 3, 2020 at 6:55 PM

stop using the positivity rate!

NationBuilder Friend -- Responsible government doesn't need to be complicated. This morning I asked Governor Pritzker to revise his COVID-19 mitigation plan by stopping the use of the "positivity rate" as triggering mechanism for business restrictions. The reason is simple.? If our…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
August 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM

link to donate

NationBuilder Friend -- Yep.? I got distracted on a Friday afternoon and forgot to include the link to donate in my last email. Sorry. If you want to help put the radio ad on the air (see previous email), the donation link is here. Have a great weekend--sorry for the extra email fr…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
August 21, 2020 at 7:54 PM

Help us run this radio ad

NationBuilder Friend -- You've probably heard that Governor Pritzker is spending over $50M to promote his graduated income tax increase.? I don't have $50M--or even $100K--to match him dollar for dollar (my parents were school teachers and I spent my adult life in the USMC).? But w…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
August 14, 2020 at 4:41 PM

What happened at JCAR

NationBuilder Friend -- As you know by now, Governor Pritzker's mask mandate rule survived JCAR (Joint Committee on Administrative Rules) review on Tuesday.? You can listen to me talk about how JCAR works in a radio interview here. All six Republicans on JCAR voted to suspend the r…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
July 8, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Don't trust politicians with a graduated tax

NationBuilder Friend -- Illinois politicians have an awful track record--continuous tax increases without any reforms or spending reductions. Now Governor Pritzker wants another tax increase--this time a graduated or progressive tax that will give politicians more power.? An explan…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
July 4, 2020 at 9:28 AM

Independence Day 2020

NationBuilder Friend -- Happy Independence Day 2020!  America is both an idea and an attitude. America is the idea that we all are free, equal, and endowed with the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  America is also a willingness to respect and work with others …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
July 1, 2020 at 4:42 PM

ISBE lets it slip

NationBuilder Friend -- Yesterday afternoon ISBE reversed itself and proclaimed that schools could not allow the widespread use of face shields in lieu of masks.? This decision undercuts numerous superintendents and parents who had already purchased face shields for use by their ch…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
June 26, 2020 at 8:44 PM

ISBE should support, not supplant school boards

NationBuilder Friend -- School restart decisions should be made by local educators who are accessible and accountable to parents.? That's the argument that I made in an op-ed this morning in the Southern Illinoisan.? You can read the op-ed here. You would think that is common sense…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
June 8, 2020 at 7:39 PM


NationBuilder Friend -- When I was a Marine prosecutor I had a recurring opportunity to give a lecture to new Marine recruiters.? One of the things I always told them was:? "don't lose perspective." Unfortunately, we frequently lose perspective as a society.? We idolize the pop sta…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
June 3, 2020 at 7:06 PM

2020 session review

NationBuilder Friend -- We are a week and a half removed from the 2020 session of the Illinois General Assembly and it's time for an assessment. Let's start with the good.? I've already written you about JCAR getting Governor Pritzker to repeal his misguided rule criminalizing viol…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 21, 2020 at 1:52 PM

a win at JCAR

NationBuilder Friend -- One hour into yesterday's JCAR closed-doors pre-meeting, one of the Democrat committee members said, "You all better make a deal because none of us are going to vote with you." We didn't make a deal. We held firm and refused to acquiesce to Governor Pritzker…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 15, 2020 at 2:18 PM

Transparency is not grandstanding

NationBuilder Friend -- Two nights ago, I urged Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to make a request for hearings about Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois Plan when the General Assembly returns to Springfield next week.? We have a right to know the thinking behind mind-boggling …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
May 13, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Real Leaders Adapt

NationBuilder Friend -- Back in 1994 when I attended the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, the instructors taught me that successful leaders are willing to listen to feedback and adapt their combat plans when circumstances require it. Fast forward to the present.? As I type thi…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 29, 2020 at 8:46 PM

You have no right to complain unless ...

NationBuilder Friend -- You have no right to complain unless you try to do something to make the situation better. Since March 16, I've been publicly calling for a plan to bring us back to a post-COVID19 normal.? I've done an op-ed and led a group of Republican senators to send an …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
April 19, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Shifting the Goalposts

NationBuilder Friend -- You know you've struck a nerve when they react with histrionics.? Last week I led a push from some Illinois Senate Republicans to ask Governor Pritzker to begin the gradual reopening of our state when medical experts believe we have the capacity to handle th…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 27, 2020 at 9:46 PM

Way Forward on COVID-19

NationBuilder Friend -- Disaster response is not the time for politics. It is, however, the time for leadership.  As elected officials, we must attempt to build unity while still pointing out necessary course corrections.  I hope you'll read and share this OpEd of mine that The So…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 17, 2020 at 1:03 AM

COVID-19 and 2020 Primary

NationBuilder Friend -- Two quick notes.? First, if you are curious about my thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic, I recommend you listen to this radio interview with Tom Miller on WJPF this morning.? We need to come together as a nation.? That also means Governor Pritzker needs to st…
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
March 9, 2020 at 6:10 PM

What do we stand for?

NationBuilder Friend -- Last Thursday and Saturday, I gave keynote addresses at the Jackson and Perry County Lincoln Day Dinners.? As part of my speeches, I talked about what the Illinois Republican Party needs to stand for.? You can see some pictures from both events here. I know …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 21, 2020 at 11:35 PM

What the Governor Didn't Say

NationBuilder Friend -- Back when I was prosecuting cases in the Marine Corps, I would argue to the jury that what WASN'T SAID was AS IMPORTANT as what WAS SAID. Governor Pritzker's budget address last week is a perfect example of that. The Governor gave a budget speech and failed …
Paul Schimpf · [email protected]
February 6, 2020 at 5:36 PM

A Bad Day for JB!

NationBuilder Friend -- Sorry that you haven't heard from me for awhile.? External considerations kept me from sending out political emails.? That's now behind me, so you'll be receiving updates with more frequency. Yesterday was a bad day for Governor Pritzker. First, he suffered …