Brandon Harris, chairman at Freedom Movement USA, said his group is helping to organize rallies in areas of the state with Democratic sway. He said the goal is to set up 52 rallies in the state.
“We’re aiming at young people, and that’s where everyone needs to work toward is youth,” Harris said. “The Republican Party has struggled with that metric, and I think we’ve found a way to deal with that demographic.”
The event also is hosted by Joseph Ptak of Island Lake, who said he was inspired – after attending a pro-Trump rally in Frankfort last month – to organize his own rally farther north. Since posting about the rally on LinkedIn on Dec. 22, Ptak said the message has received 6,300 likes and more than 620,000 views.
Ptak said a number of GOP candidates running for the 14th Congressional District indicated that they would attend, including state Rep. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove; Kendall County Republicans Chairman James Marter; and Catalina Lauf of Woodstock. Additional Republican Senate and House candidates also expressed interest in the rally, Ptak said.