Limited Government Activists to Meet in Chicago on August 17th, 18th & 19th

August 14, 2006
Michael Van Winkle

(Chicago, Illinois - August 14, 2006) If you thought it was impossible to find activists in Chicago dedicated to limiting the size and scope of government, you should try again this weekend. Notable advocates from across the country will descend on the city for Americans for Limited Government's "Action Conference 2006."

Participants will discuss whether anyone really cares about limiting government with Dennis Byrne and Tim Carney, author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money; hear whether property rights are on a comeback from the Institute for Justice, which took the Kelo case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court; and learn about creative media strategies from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal and Mike Krempasky of There's something in this conference for conservatives and libertarians of all stripes.

The itinerary is below and registration is only $50 for the entire event! If you're interested please email Jodi Bridges ( to reserve a spot. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web site at


InterContinental Hotel

505 North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois


8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Location: Renaissance Ballroom


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.


Location: Empire Ballroom

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Remarks by John Tillman & ALG Video

Location: Grand Ballroom

9:30 a.m.

Does anyone really care about limited government anymore?

Moderator: John Tillman

Panelists: Michael Tanner, Cato Institute

Jay Richards, Acton Institute

Dennis Byrne, Chicago Tribune

Tim Carney, Author, "The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money"

10:30– 10:45 a.m. Midmorning Break

Location: Grand Ballroom

10:45 a.m.

Property Rights - Airtight Solutions

Moderator: Steven Anderson, Institute for Justice

Panelists: Reverend Roosevelt Gildon, Protect Our Homes and Churches

Curly Hoagland, C-RED North Dakota

Samuel Gagedbeku, Americans for Limited Government

Dave Hunnicutt, Oregonians in Action

11: 45 a.m.

Breakout sessions by subject

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Location: Empire Ballroom

1:00 p.m.

Stopping the State Spending Binge: Giving Voters a Say

Moderator: John Tillman

Panelists: John Andrews, Backbone America

Randy Brogdon, OK for Good Gov

Bill Becker, Maine Heritage Policy Institute

Joe Lehman, Mackinac Institute

2:00 p.m.

Activist of the Year Award: Mary Adams

Introduction: John Tillman

Speaker: Mary Adams

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Midafternoon Break

Location: Grand Ballroom

3:00 p.m.

Understanding the opposition

Moderator: Paul Jacob

Panelists: Mike Flynn, Union Facts

Union Facts Ads presentation

Patrick Tuohey, Missourians in Charge

Bob Adney, Take Back Nevada

4:00 p.m.

Media compilation--why we need limited government

4:15 p.m.

Thinking Outside the Big Government Box: Keeping the Parties Accountable

Moderator: John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

Panelists: John Berthoud, National Taxpayers Union

Kathryn English, Pennsylvania Club for Growth

Chris Kleismet, Citizens for Responsible Government

5:15-5:30 p.m.

General Q & A

5:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m.


Location: The Camelot Room

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Location: King Arthur's Court

8:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker--Eric O'Keefe

Topic: The impact of our initiatives across the country


8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Location: Empire Ballroom

9:30 a.m.

Moving forward to grassroots success: Q & A to ALG panel

Location: Grand Ballroom

Moderator: Heather Wilhelm

Panelists: John Tillman

Paul Jacob

Eric O'Keefe

Bob Costello

10:30 a.m.

Midmorning Break

Location: Grand Ballroom

10:45 a.m.

Getting the word out: creative media strategies

Moderator: Paul Jacob, ALG senior fellow

Panelists: John Fund, Wall Street Journal

Mike Krempasky,

Todd Seavey, American Council on Science and Health

Jonathan Garthwaite,

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Speaker: Senator Tom Coburn

Introduction: Howie Rich

Location: Renaissance Ballroom

1:00 p.m.

Closing remarks