Meet The Candidates Event

Meet Republican candidates that are seeking election from the top to the bottom of the ballot in our local districts. Sign petitions, converse with candidates and enjoy light refreshments.

Sunday, February 20, 2022
1 PM to 4 PM
Whitetail Ridge
7671 Clubhouse Dr, Yorkville, IL


Meet Local candidates* including but not limited to:

Illinois Governor
US Congress
State Representative
State Senate
Illinois Supreme Court
Kendall County Sherrif
Kendall County Board
And more!

*Candidate participation is subject to change. Kendall County Young Republicans do not endorse any candidates.

Are you a candidate interested in participating?

Instructions for Circulators of Nominating Positions


  1. Circulators must be 18 years of age or older (or 17 years of age and qualified to vote in Illinois by the Nov. 2022 election) and a citizen of the United States.
  2. DO NOT SIGN the Circulators signature yet, this is done with a NOTARY present!
  3. Circulators must personally witness every signature; you may NOT leave them unattended and collect them later or let someone else circulate the petition for you. Do not accept signed petition sheets from anyone else to sign yourself as a circulator.
  4. Circulators may complete address, city, and county, if signer leaves blank or puts “ditto”, Fill this in “dittos” are not valid! Instruct signers to NOT use dittos.
  5. Circulators MUST find a notary public (typically at your local bank) and should NOT sign the bottom portion until instructed to do so by a Notary Public. Call for help if needed.
  6. Circulators must personally appear (with a government photo ID) and sign the Circulator’s Affidavit before a Notary Public.
  7. Petitions with less than a FULL sheet are VALID & should be turned in after being notarized. (Even if there is only one signature, every signature counts!)
  8. Circulators may sign (once) a petition which they are circulating as a signer if they are a registered voter of the District for the Candidate.


  1. All signers must be registered to vote in the District for the Candidate.
  2. All signers must sign in the presence & observation of the circulator.
  3. Signers may not sign any candidates Petition more than once.
  4. Signers must sign for themselves only. (NO one else may sign for another person, not even a spouse or family member)
  5. Signers should NOT sign a Petition for more than one PARTY, this will invalidate their signature for all candidates they signed a petition. However, a signer may sign multiple petitions for candidates of the same party for the same office and/or other offices.
  6. Signers should sign their names as it appears on the voting card and PRINT (very plainly) their Street address, City or Village, and County. All three areas (Street, City, and County) after the signature MUST be filled in PRINTED. No dittos or blanks from the previous signer.
  7. At the bottom of each petition sheet: DO NOT NUMBER THE PETITION SHEETS! Leave SHEET NO. ______ Blank!

Notarized Petitions should be mailed to the candidate’s campaign mailing address.  

Return all notarized Petitions NO LATER THAN March 7th, 2022 ➔ please have them notarized immediately and return them ASAP when you are done circulating petitions.

A Note From The KCYR Chairwoman

October 29, 2021

This week, your Illinois legislature passed two bills. The first bill passed by the senate and house is the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The repeal of this act allows minors to receive an abortion without parental notification. State Senator Sue Rezin stated, “Today’s vote is yet another attack on the rights of parents by the Democrat majority that will deny parents the opportunity to provide their daughters with the help and support that they need during one of the most difficult times in their life. By repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle sent a clear message to the parents across the state that they believe parents have no right to know about their child’s health or health care decisions.”

The second bill passed was SB 1169, amending the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act. The amendment would explicitly note that the law does not offer protections for those wanting to invoke it to sidestep mandated COVID-19 vaccinations. It also would empower governments to terminate workers who don’t comply with vaccination orders. State Representative Keith Wheeler stated, “Legislation supported by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Democrats negates the protections afforded to you and every resident of our state under the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act.”

This Illinois legislature has demonstrated time and time again they think they know what is best for you and your family. These bills passed by Illinois Democrats take autonomy away from you, your friends, and your family.

Friends, the time to listen and act is NOW. The time to get involved is NOW. The time to fight is NOW. As we gear up for midterm elections next year, we need everyone involved to defeat the democrat regime. Come to a meeting, bring a friend, talk to your neighbors, and spread the word that democrat policies hinder personal liberty and free markets.


Gabriella Shanahan

Chairwoman, Kendall County Young Republicans


July 22 – 25, 2021

The Kendall County Young Republicans sent five delegates to the 2021 Young Republican National Convention for Illinois, along with so many other wonderful Federation of Illinois Young Republicans. The Young Republican National Federation organized a great line up of speakers who were unified in their message to get out, get engaged, run for office, and step up!

During the National Convention, delegates voted on YRNF leadership for the next two years. Congratulations to our National Chairman, Rick Laughery on his unanimous re-election! Rick is the first Chairman in Young Republican history to be re-elected and to have earned it unanimously twice.


May 20, 2021

The Kendall County Young Republicans are excited to share the new KCYRs logo! As we forge into a new tomorrow, represented by a new wave of leadership, we wanted to update our look. We needed something that worked better with today’s technologies, that clearly represented our organization, and that still maintained the iconic and recognizable elements of the original logo.

In our new logo, you’ll still find our beloved elephant, facing right. We maintained but updated the cupola imagery representing the original Kendall County Courthouse that serves as a clear visual identifier for our county. We consolidated down to 1 star within the circle to represent our great county undivided. We removed the blue in favor of a dark gray as a way to signify the strength of our organization and our Party. There are 3 stars after the word ‘Young’ to pay tribute to the RNC logo and to honor the 3 branches of government. Let us know what you think in the comments! We hope you are as excited as we are.


March 11, 2021

Kendall County Young Republicans met to reboot the previously inactive organization. Conor McCarthy from The Federation of Illinois Young Republicans joined to help kick off the event. A new executive board was voted into place with Gabriella Shanahan at the helm as the new Chairman. Rounding out the rest of the executive board includes Matthew Prochaska as Vice-Chairman, Crystal Steinbach as Treasurer, Heidi Baird as Secretary, and Rusty Corneils as Sergeant at Arms.