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

Published August 14, 2006

(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 ([email protected]) 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