Illinois Libertarian Convention 2018

The Libertarian Party of Illinois Annual Convention will be at the Parke Regency Hotel in Bloomington IL on March 2-3, 2018. This year’s two day event will feature keynote speaker Nicholas Sarwark, as well as entertainment, candidate nominations, workshops and our usual line up of events. Join with friends from all over the state for fellowship, education and fun. Sign up early to get reduced rates. 2018 promises to be an exciting year for Libertarians and the convention is where it starts.

***The Libertarian Party of Illinois bylaws state that you must be a state party member for 120 days prior to the convention to vote in the business meeting. State party membership is different from national or local chapter membership. If you are not already a member of the state party, you must become a member prior to November 2nd, 2017 if you would like to vote for candidates at the convention. There is NO cost to becoming a member and you can become a member in a couple of minutes by filling out a form HERE. You may still attend the convention as a new or non-member and attend every part of the convention, but you will not be able to vote. The 120 day rule helps maintain the integrity of our candidate selection process. To encourage more membership, we are offering Early Bird Rates until the qualification deadline.***

FRIDAY NIGHT (No charge to attend)

  • Musicians Justin Tirone and Luke Dennis
  • Candidate Speeches
  • Libertarian Jeopardy!
  • Registration and socializing with our friends, new and old


  • SATURDAY (attendance requires registration)

  • The Annual Business Meeting
  • Nomination of 2018 Statewide Candidates - Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, and Comptroller
  • Luncheon with Pete Guither, Author and Editor of DrugWarRant.com
  • Petitioning Workshop - Krysta Walker, Ballot Access Director
  • Chapter Development Workshop - John Mathey and Bennett Morris
  • Media Relations Workshop - Steve Suess, Communications Instructor at Illinois State University
  • Get to Know Your Party Workshop - Lex Green, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Illinois
  • Banquet and Keynote Speaker Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
  • Sign up for this year's event on our Registration Page

    Vendors, candidates and Sponsors register for ads and tables here

    For a full listing of the schedule, and details about our guests and speakers, click here

    Saturday will also have our annual auction. This is one of the most important fundraising events of the year and we are asking for donations. Liberty themed items are ideal, but anything of interest is welcome. In the past we have had items ranging from books to a Kindle, even baked goods and gift baskets. Please donate new or barely used items so more people can bid. Gifts to the Libertarian Party of Illinois are not tax deductible.
    Contact the Convention Committee Chair to donate or volunteer.

    Attention Vendors - Candidates - Sponsors

    If you would like a vendor table, rates are a low $35 each until January 20th ($50 after that). We also have sponsor packages and advertising rates. Go to our Sponsors Page to purchase your table or package.

    Travel and Lodging

    Information for booking your room at the Hotel or traveling to Bloomington is available Here.