DIXON – Area Republicans and legislators celebrated the legacy of Ronald Reagan on Friday and spread messages of optimism for the party.
The annual A Night to Remember Ronald Reagan hosted by the Lee County Republican Central Committee featured U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, state Reps. Tom Demmer and Dan Swanson, and state Sen. Brian Stewart.
“I think we as a party are united right now, and I think it shows,” Kinzinger said.
The congressman also spoke about the importance of faith in Reagan’s life, and how the 40th president’s stalled Hollywood career was God setting the stage for his future success in politics.
In frustrating moments, you need to double down on faith and focus on hope and opportunities that will blossom, he said.
The state legislators spoke about the hardships of having an impact in Springfield as a super minority but were optimistic of a turning tide.
Reagan came from humble beginnings to achieve great heights, and voters can do the same “to take the state back,” Stewart said.
Demmer said they were able to negotiate wins in the statehouse last year, including eliminating the state franchise tax, reinstating a manufacturing purchase credit on equipment, and creating business incentives with implementing a data center incentive act and the Blue Collar Jobs Act.
Being more business friendly is how jobs can be created for communities to grow, Demmer said, and they need qualified elected officials in government who communities can trust to do their jobs.
“Ronald Reagan didn’t run for president because he thought he could survive; he ran for president because he thought he could thrive,” Demmer said.