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THE ILLINOIS FORUM was established in 1989 as a statewide grassroots coalition of nonpartisan political activists. Since that time, it has become one of the largest citizen groups in the state.

The organization’s chairman is the Hon. Robert Redfern, the board chairman is the Hon. Daniel Crane, and the Board of Governors consists of 19 additional individuals from various portion of Illinois including:

  • Dan Crane (Danville)
  • Robert S. Redfern (Fairfield)
  • William Hogon (Lockport)
  • Chad Koppie (Gilbert)
  • Cliff Downen (Goreville)
  • Robert Kjellander (Springfield)
  • Norm Hill (Grayslake)
  • Judy Crane Ross (Downers Grove)
  • Tom Day (Danville)
  • Val Zimnicki (Roselle)
  • Robert Shearer (Chicago)
  • Don Lowery (Golconda)
  • John Nickels (Libertyville)
  • Rick Biesda (Lindenhurst)
  • Honorary Member
    Former Congressman
    Hon. Phil Crane

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Principle -- particularly moral principle -- can never be a weathervane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true.

Edward R. Lyman

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