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Dave Lombardo will be our guest speaker this month. Among the things Dave will discuss will be his weekly radio
show and all the preparation that goes into making it happen like the timing, hard breaks, arranging guests, etc. Please
be sure to join us...and don't forget to bring a friend.

Will County ISRA member, Richard Chalupa, was the name drawn for the WCGR Gun Giveaway last month. Unfortunately for Richard, he was not present so we will draw another name this month. Remember, the winner must be present, be an ISRA member, have a valid FOID and comply with all local, state and federal laws.

March Meeting

 Our March meeting had no scheduled speaker; instead, as we do a couple of times a year, we had a general discussion. The reason was to discuss IGOLD and the primary elections.

Even with the terrible weather, both up north and (again) in southern Illinois, IGOLD was a great success. Over 2,500 people were in attendance. Thank you to everyone who attended this year and to all those who volunteered to help make IGOLD 2014 a success! We look forward to seeing you at more ISRA events!

With the assistance of ISRA member, Ed Ronkowski, we reviewed all the election results. Here are some of the highlights: In the primary elections, Margo McDermed won handily over her opponents, getting 56% of the total votes. In the race for Republican Will County Sheriff, it appears that Ken Kaupas is the winner by about 200 votes. With the race more 


In Memorium, Otis McDonald

09/17/1933 - 04/04/2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Otis McDonald.  Many of you know Otis as the man who, as lead Plaintiff in McDonald v. City of Chicago, challenged, fought and won a battle against the City of Chicago…a battle that made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

 Born in Fort Necessity, LA, Otis moved to Chicago after serving in the US Army.  He worked his way through college and earned a degree in engineering from Kennedy-King College.  He and his wife, Laura, raised their children with the hopes that they would be able to enjoy all the freedoms that are bestowed upon every American citizen.  Otis was prepared to do whatever it took to keep his family safe.  To help insure their safety and preserve his (and, in essence, all of our) Constitutional rights, Otis agreed to be the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the City of Chicago.  I cannot imagine the relief Otis must have felt once the Supreme Court decision was ruled in his favor.  He, with the support of his family, friends, fellow plaintiffs, legal team and the thousands of strangers that cheered him on, had won the battle! 

 But that was not the end of it for Otis.  He continued to fight for what he knew was right and rallied while additional battles were won.  Unfortunately, he faced a battle in life of which he was unable to win.  A soft-spoken, yet brave man ‘til the end, he fought for what he believed in and did not ever give up. 

 We will forever be grateful to you, Otis, for everything you have done for us.  It was an honor to have known you.  We will never forget you.

Rest In Peace now, Otis.   

“If you have not found something you will die for, you have not yet lived.”

-Otis McDonald- 

Chairman's Comments

  On February 28th, the first 5,000 concealed carry permits were sent out by the Illinois State Police!
Over 50,000 people have applied and, of these, only 300 were denied for any reason; this is one half of one percent, and many
were probably due to glitches, forms not filled out completely, etc. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Stevens, who has never liked the Second Amendment and feels it only
applies to the militia, recently wrote that he would like to change it by adding five words: "When serving in the militia". These five words would completely change its
meaning and would change our rights to freedom. According to Stevens, "When serving in the militia", should be added after the words "shall not be infringed". I am amazed that anyone can construe this meaning of our Rights after reading our Constitution and the history that made those great men, so many years ago, write such terrific documents as the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

Soliciting Articles and Pictures -

As you may have noticed, it has been awhile since pictures and articles from Will County Grass Roots members have been added. If you would like to write an article/commentary for inclusion to the site we would really like to see it! Pictures of your last outing at a local range or hunting trip would be great. Did your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc. get their first or biggest Buck, Goose, etc.? Let's see your pictures!

All articles/commentaries will be reviewed/approved by the Will County Grass Roots board prior to publication. By submitting your pictures/commentaries you are granting the ISRA and Will County Grass Roots permission to publish them on this web site.

Please forward your pictures or commentaries to

Will County Grassroots

Chairman - Doug Mayhall
W 708-349-2222 H 708-479-2506

Vice Chairman - Terry Kreimeier

Secretary - Al Tiscareno

Treasurer - Jim Perry

Webmaster - Tim Dalan

Newsletter Editor - Kim Beard

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Illinois State Rifle Association
Anita (Range) - Lori (Membership)

Political Disclaimer

The ISRA and the Will County Division of the ISRA CAN NOT and WILL NOT endorse any candidate or party. We feature speakers to allow us to learn about the positions a candidate holds about the Second Amendment, and welcome all candidates to speak to us. Only the ISRA Political Victory Fund can endorse candidates or donate to political campaigns.



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