Conversations with Candidates

To empower voters, we are hosting conversations with various candidates throughout IL. Endorsements have not yet been announced by Awake Illinois. 

If you are a candidate running for office and would like to be considered for a conversation, please email

Sept. 6, 2022: Convo with candidate Tom DeVore for IL Attorney General. A recap of the path that led him to run for statewide office and how his platform will bring balance to IL government, hold criminals accountable, and will defend the rights of all IL citizens. 

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Keith Pekau, Orland Park mayor shares why he is running for U.S. Congress, District 6. Keith was awarded the Awake IL Warrior award in March. He discusses the constituent concerns over inflation, energy, and crime and why he's the top pro-liberty candidate on the ballot.

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Convo with candidate Jennifer Korte, a Mama Bear on the  ballot for IL Rep D 112. Her platform aims to respond to community concerns such as mandates, mental health, taxes, parental rights, and secure schools. 

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A Mama Bear on the ballot, mother of 3 Regan Deering discusses her background, call to run for office, and the top issues affecting the District 13 constituency such as inflation, mandates, crime, open border, drug crisis, and election integrity.

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Convo with Jed Davis, a conservative leader in his community, who is running for IL Rep. District 75. He stood up for Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville as board President to ensure students weren't harmed by government overreach. Hear him discuss the top issues and why he is running for office. 

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Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) and wife Cindy joined Awake IL to announces his pledge to the Parents Bill of Rights. Sen. Bailey discusses his views on education, pro-life, and IL government.

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