2018 General Election Endorsements

October 22, 2018

2018 Endorsed Illinois House and Senate District Candidates 

ICE-PAC supports Illinois candidates who will make and keep commitments to promote and protect laws that will reduce the number of abortions in our state, value human life, advance family stability, and honor traditional marriage.  

Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh, Chairman of ICE-PAC, states, “Illinois Citizens for Ethics has an outstanding track record of identifying candidates who will be effective advocates for the cause of life, and providing meaningful support to get them over the top to victory. We’re proud of our “ICE-PAC grads” – men and women who are transforming the culture in the Illinois General Assembly, including Jeanne Ives, Tom Morrison, Dan McConchie, David McSweeney and Peter Breen.”  

“Illinois has been thrown into a state of moral and fiscal chaos and decline, in large part due to the poor vision and policy put forth by failing legislators in Springfield,” stated Hengesbaugh.  “These high-quality candidates have demonstrated that they will stand up for mainstream values important for life and family, and provide effective and grounded leadership to right the helm and get Illinois back on track.”  

Illinois Citizens for Ethics, a bi-partisan grassroots based political action committee, is dedicated to supporting the following high-quality candidates. 

42nd House District  Amy Grant (R) 
46th House District  Gordon (Jay) Kinzler (R) 
48th House District  Peter Breen (R) 
49th House District  Tonia Khouri (R) 
53rd House District  Eddie Corrigan (R) 
54th House District  Tom Morrison (R) 
55th House District  Marilyn Smolenski (R) 
61st House District  Sheri Jesiel (R) 
65th House District  Dan Ugaste (R) 
79th House District  Lindsay Parkhurst (R) | Lisa M. Dugan (D) 
97th House District  Mark Batinick (R) 
112th House District  Dwight Kay (R) 
116th House District  Jerry Costello II (D) | David Friess (R) 
117th House District  Dave Severin (R) | Jason Woolard (D) 
118th House District  Natalie Phelps Finnie (D) | Patrick Windhorst (R) 
26th Senate District  Dan McConchie (R) 

Financial contributions made to ICE-PAC up until Friday, November 2 will go directly to help our endorsed candidates.  Thank you for your support of our mission.

“Turn the Tide” Fall Fundraiser

September 18, 2018

Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC


“Turn the Tide” – A Fall Fundraising Social

Sunday, October 7

4:30-7:00 pm

Glen Oak Country Club

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

You are cordially invited to a reception to benefit ICE-PAC’S mission and help support excellent candidates for office this Fall!

Join us for lively conversation, engaging speakers, cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeuvres in a beautiful setting as we raise funds for a great cause… To elect and re-elect politicians of integrity who support mainstream values important for Life and Family.

Plus, State Representative and former Gubernatorial Candidate Jeanne Ives, and Talk Show Host Dan Proft, will mingle with guests and give short talks on the state of politics today and hope for the future. Plus, we’ll share some big news on the direction of our organization.

ICE-PAC is on the front lines defending outstanding pro-life candidates against the Madigan Machine and the abortion lobby.

Great pro-life/pro-family representatives are under attack this year, fueled by money from the abortion lobby. Check out this news coverage of Peter Breen. It will give you a sense of what they’re up against this fall.

They’ve got millions, but we have a track record of wins when good people like you give generously and get involved. Help us turn the tide to victory this Fall!


ICE-PAC Victorious in 7 of 9 Races for 2014 Primary Elections

March 21, 2014

Our voices were heard loud and clear this primary season! Seven of the nine candidates endorsed by Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC won in Tuesday’s primary elections for the Illinois House, while another race was decided the following day because it was so close!

Thank you for your role in making this happen, through your financial support, volunteer efforts and spreading the word on these great candidates. Illinoisans showed that they turn out and vote for candidates that represent the “mainstream values important for life and family” that ICE-PAC promotes.

So, don’t be fooled. The candidates that are visible advocates for policies that protect and promote the family, the unborn, pregnant women, and authentic marriage were the BIG WINNERS. And in turn, the Illinois people won as well.

2014 PRIMARY RESULTS     (winner in bold)



In summary:

  • 7 out of 9 ICE-PAC endorsed candidates won.
  • We knocked off a pro-abortion incumbent of 12 years.
  • We had a major role with our fundraising and activism in mobilizing volunteers and community support.
  • We almost knocked off a pro-gay-marriage incumbent – lost by less than 150 votes.
  • Overall a great day for anyone who believes in mainstream values important for life and family.

Your support matters! These candidates did not do it alone. They had help from organizations like ICE-PAC, who encourage them to take a conservative stand on social issues, while defending them from attacks from liberal candidates and organizations.

Thank you for supporting ICE-PAC, the biggest and best grassroots pro-family political action committee in Illinois.

‘Record Number’ of Pro-Abortion Laws Being Introduced Dwarfed by Pro-Life Gains, Legal Expert Says

February 24, 2014

Abortion advocates at the Guttmacher Institute and other pro-abortion institutions say they are “fighting back,” introducing more legislation to expand access to abortion than in any year in recent memory. But pro-life advocates say that public opinion, and the tide of history, is turning decisively against abortion-on-demand.

Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, announced that more pro-abortion legislation has been introduced this year than anytime in the last 20 years.

So far, 14 states have introduced 51 pieces of legislation to expand and strengthen women’s access to abortion, she said, up from 32 bills in six states in 2013.

Amanda Allen of the Center for Reproductive Rights told Bloomberg News that 2014 is a “tipping point” in American legislative history.

But “there is a significant difference between bills introduced and those enacted,” Denise Burke, vice president of legal affairs at Americans United for Life, told LifeSiteNews. “Last year, for example, more than 350 bills related to abortion were introduced in state legislatures,” but only about 20 percent became law, most of them pro-life.

The Guttmacher Institute told that, while dozens of new abortion-expanding bills had been offered, “thus far this year none have been enacted.”


Supreme Court Kills Arizona Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

February 24, 2014

The Supreme Court this morning effectively killed an Arizona bill that would have denied Planned Parenthood any share of state Medicaid dollars, declining to hear an appeal from the state.

The law would have deemed abortionists not “qualified” to receive state tax dollars intended for family planning services.

Governor Jan Brewer signed the “Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act” (H.B. 2800) in May 2012. The Obama administration filed a lawsuit challenging the law that October, arguing that the terms of federal law supersede state law.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake issued an injunction, eventually striking the law down on February 11, 2013.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most overturned appeals courts in the nation, unanimously upheld the ban last August.

The Supreme Court this morning refused to intervene, allowing the panel’s decision to stand.


Pro-Life Legislative Progress in 2013

January 24, 2014

Professor Michael J. New has written an excellent piece at the National Review Online about the progress pro-lifers made in calendar year 2013, particularly in state legislatures. Some highlights:

  • A Texas bill was passed that banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation and mandated that abortion clinics meet the same standards as other surgical health-care facilities.
  • Two other states banned abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.
  • Four states limited abortion coverage in the health exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Eight states enacted bans on tele-med abortions.

Overall, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 70 state-level pro-life measures were enacted in 2103. This makes 2013 the second most productive year on record in terms of the number of pro-life laws that were passed. Overall, there were more pro-life laws enacted between 2011 and 2013 than in the entire previous decade.

Read the entire article here.

Report: Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinic Closures in 2013

December 30, 2013

A survey of abortion clinics in the United States has concluded that a record number of 87 surgical abortion clinics closed in 2013.

The survey, conducted by pro-life organization Operation Rescue, found that the total number of surgical abortion clinics remaining in the United States is now 582, a twelve percent decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73 percent drop from a 1991 high of 2,176.

According to Operation Rescue, of the 87 clinics that discontinued surgical abortions, 81 are permanently closed, while six stopped performing surgical abortions but continued the sale of abortion-inducing drugs. The data does not include the eleven abortion clinics that were temporarily closed this year, but later reopened.

The number of clinics that only perform abortion via drugs remained fairly constant at 176, with six documented closures.

Texas is the state with the most closures of surgical abortion clinics – a total of eleven – following the passage of an abortion law earlier in the year. New abortion clinic safety regulations accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well.


U.S. House OKs 20-week Abortion Ban Bill

June 18, 2013

The House Tuesday passed a bill that would ban most abortions nationwide after 20 weeks. The most far-reaching abortion legislation in the House in a decade, it was passed 228-196, mostly along party lines.


House Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions at 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

June 12, 2013

With Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposed, a House committee has passed a bill that would ban abortions nationwide at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Much of the debate focused on amendments by Democrats who hoped to gut the bill and allow late-term abortions in cases of rape and incest, or to protect a woman’s health.

The committee passed the bill on a 20-12 vote and the measure now heads to the full House floor where it is expected to receive a debate and vote next week.


Only Mississippi Abortion Clinic Gets License Reprieve

April 16, 2013

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state’s only abortion clinic.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he issued several months ago, which blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.

The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.