2017 Convention Schedule of Events


Friday night event is free and open to the public to attend

  • 6pm - Registration
  • 6:30pm - Welcome Reception Begins
  • 7pm - Chair and Convention Committee Announcements
  • 7pm - Food and Drink Bars Open
  • 7:00pm - Musician Jim Green
  • 8:00pm - Musician Barbara Hollek
  • 9:00pm - Comedian Tyler Fowler
  • 10pm - Welcome reception continues
  • Cash bar


Attendance requires registration

  • 8:30am - Registration and Call to Order
  • 9:00am - Credentials for the Annual Business Meeting
  • 9am - Annual Business Meeting Call to Order (State Party Members Only - Free to Attend)
    • Officer/Division Reports
    • Nominations for Judicial Committ
    • LPIL Officers/New Business
  • 1:00pm - Workshop Maryam Ahmad - Judicial Requirements
  • 2:00pm - Workshop Speaker Ross Morealle - Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois
  • 3:00pm - Libertarian Jeopardy!
  • 5:00pm - Annual Live Auction
  • 6:00pm - Convention Banquet
  • 6:20pm - Awards to be announced during the Banquet
  • 6:30pm - Keynote Speaker Larry Sharpe

Featured Speakers and Guests

Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe is the Managing Director of the Neo-SageŽ Group, Inc. He provides training, coaching and consulting to many industries including: finance, law, technology, media and government. He has trained and coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, leaders and employees from dozens of organizations all over the world.

Larry has been an interim senior executive for companies in times of crisis; filling a senior post and helping them find a replacement. He also consults with law firms for jury selection and trial prep. And he consults with political campaigns on strategy and debate prep. He is also a professional speaker and has presented at dozens of venues to a wide range of audiences throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has a varied background which began as a US Marine.

Larry recently announced his candidacy at the 2018 Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York. He was a Vice-Presidential Nominee Candidate for the Libertarian Party. He has served in the past as the Strategy Director of the New York City Bastiat Society.

He lives in New York City with his two daughters and his wife that he met in high school.

Maryam Ahmad

Maryam Ahmad is the newly-appointed Chief of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Juvenile Justice Bureau. In December 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Ahmad Circuit Court Judge. She served as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County until December 2016.

Ahmad is the incoming Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the area of judicial elections--an area where most citizens know little about and where honesty, integrity, and transparency are demanded.

Ross Morealle

The Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois (MCAI) is a trade association representing cultivation centers and dispensary organizations, who are licensed by the State through the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. MCAI strives to promote the general welfare of the public, while promoting the medicinal benefits of cannabis, the safe delivery of the product and the overall growth and interest of the medical cannabis industry.

Based in Springfield, the MCAI advocates for the advancement of medical cannabis before the Illinois General Assembly and is dedicated to working with state agency regulators to promote the integrity of the emerging cannabis industry. We provide our members with inside historical knowledge of the law, and regularly work with physicians and patient advocates to address their concerns, with the ultimate goal of helping suffering patients gain access to our medicinal products.

Jim Green

Originally performing under the stage name "The Wandering Endorphin," songwriter Jim Green has made a name for himself by being both a sonically and visually engaging guitar player. Performing original songs with a percussive finger-style that uses every inch of his guitar, he often sounds like he's being supported by a full band. He has self-released six eclectic albums that range from rock, pop, folk, country, to pure ambient mood.

A master of his instrument and the live performance, he's an original talent whose performance provides a rare and unforgettable treat for anyone and everyone lucky enough to experience it.

Barbara Hollek

Barbara Hollek has been writing, performing, and recording music for more than fifty years. Her dynamic and emotional vocal delivery can rise from the smooth melodic whisper of Bonnie Raitt, to the gritty soulful cries of Janis Joplin. Mixing her sets up with original songs and classic covers, she proves herself to be both a respectable songwriter and interpreter of others.

Every performance is made memorable by the natural melding of her musical skills with a heart for humanity that shines brightly through her warm and endearing stage presence. It's that presence that not only entertains her audiences, it makes them an intimate part of every show - and that is a show that you won't want to miss.

Tyler Fowler

Tyler Fowler is a founding member of Team Us Comedy where he produces and performs in stand up and improv shows around Chicago. Featured in comedy festivals, clubs, theaters and bars across the country Tyler delights crowds with his honest and absurd sense of humor.