IGOLD ’08–be heard on March 11

UPDATE: There has been a revision to the Rockford/Normal bus itinerary–see below.

UPDATE II: Another bus has been added, with pick-ups in Effingham, Vandalia, and Litchfield–details below

Last year, Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day was a big success, with over 1,200 Illinois gun rights activists going to Springfield to let legislators know that the policies of state-mandated defenselessness are not acceptable. The media did its best to ignore this statewide outpouring of opposition to restrictive gun laws, although the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) decided it was big enough to be worth lying about.

As well as it went last year, we have still bigger plans for IGOLD ’08 (web page still under construction–keep an eye on it [UPDATE: it’s up now]). Many Illinois legislators seem to be rather hard of hearing when it comes to the peaceable Illinois citizens’ demands for recognition of our Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms–so let’s turn up the volume.

Below, you will find information on how to reserve a seat on buses to Springfield from all over the state.

IGOLD 2008 is officially set for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

12:00 p.m. Rally at the Hilton, 700 E Adams St.
1:30 p.m. lobby legislators
4:30-7:00 Reception at the State Library
7:00 p.m. Depart for home

Mark that day on your calendar, schedule a vacation day, personal day, whatever you have to do to be in Springfield on that day!! Last year more than 1,500 Illinois gun owners swarmed the Capitol complex lobbying state legislators for firearm owners rights and the need for a Right to Carry law in Illinois.

With the help of sponsors we have been able to charter buses from the locations listed below. Bus fares will be $20 ( or in the case of Champaign/Decatur donations will be accepted) and seat reservations are a must!!! We will be making flier documents available for you to print out and hand out in your neighborhoods, work places, wherever you can to get the word out.

Check in often for updates!

IGOLD 08 Charter Bus Schedule

Advance reservations required for bus seats!
Beginning Monday Jan. 14, 2008 For reservations and departure locations go to www.IGOLD.isra.org or call 815-635-3198

Dundee/Aurora $20
6:00 a.m. Depart from GAT Guns, 14N915 IL RT 25, Dundee, IL ,
7:00 a.m. Aurora – Pick-up at Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center – Park near Steak N Shake
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Ryan’s Steak House, 2730 N Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL, $10 includes meal-drink-tax-tip,

Joliet/Chatsworth $20
6:30 a.m. Depart Gander Mt., 3301 Essington Rd., Joliet, IL (Park at farthest edge near Outback
8:00 a.m. Pick-up Chatsworth, ISRA Headquarters
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Ryan’s Steak House, 2730 N Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL, $10 includes meal-drink-tax-tip

North Chicago Area $20
7:00 a.m. Depart Allright Parking at Cumberland Stop, 5701 N River Rd, $3/15 hr, $6/24 hr
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Ryan’s Steak House, 2730 N Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL, $10 includes meal-drink-tax-tip,

Chicago South (Englewood) $20
7:00 a.m. St Andrews Temple, 6722 S Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Ryan’s Steak House, 2730 N Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL $10 includes meal-drink-tax-tip

Champaign/Decatur – Free, donations accepted
8:30 a.m. Depart Farm and Fleet parking lot, Urbana, IL
9:45 a.m. Decatur Sam’s Club pick up point
10:30 a.m. Lunch – Ryan’s Restaurant $10 per person
For reservations contact CCRA/GSL johnnaese@insightbb.com (217) 684-2602

Rockford/Normal $20
6:30a.m. Depart CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave, park out by Petland Near Bell School Rd.
9:30 a.m. Pick up at College Hills Mall, Normal, IL Park between Target And Von Maur
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, $8.50 include meal-drink-tax-tip

Rockford/Mendota/Normal–4 hrs. $20
6:30 a.m. Rockford – Depart CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave., park out by Petland Near Bell School Rd.
7:30 a.m. Mendota – Buster’s Truck Plaza, Mendota, IL
9:00 a.m. Normal – Pick up at College Hills Mall Park between Target And Von Maur
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL $8.50 include meal-drink-tax-tip, Bus drivers and captains eat free.

Marion $20
7:00 a.m. Depart Sam’s Club parking lot, 2709 Walton Way just west of I-57 exit 54– park at far north edge
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL $8.50 includes meal-drink-tax-tip

Mt.Vernon/Fairview Heights $20
7:15 a.m. Depart Mt.Vernon Walmart Parking lot just west of I-57 at exit 95
8:15 a.m. Depart St.Clair Square Mall locate in Fairview Heights just south of I-64 at exit #12
Park Red Bird Express Parking lot just past the East doors of Dillards and the water tower
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL $8.50 include meal-drink-tax-tip

Quincy/Barry/Jacksonville $20
8:00 a.m. Quincy – Depart Kmart east parking lot, 3701 Broadway
8:45 a.m. Barry – I-72 exit #20 Travel Plaza passenger pick-up
9:30 a.m. Jacksonville – I-72 exit #64, Blackhawk Village Inn,
1111 East Morton Road, park near the brick wall & closed restaurant
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL $8.50 include meal-drink-tax-tip

Moline/Galesburg/Peoria $20
7:00 a.m. Depart South Park Mall 4500 16th St, Moline, IL Park across from Long John Silvers
8:00 a.m. Pick up at Sandburg Mall, 1150 W Carl Sandburg Dr., Galesburg, IL Park at the far south end by Bergner’s
9:00 a.m. Pick up at Walmart parking lot, 3315 North University Street, Peoria, IL park in the far lot
10:30 a.m. Lunch at Old Country Buffet, 2733 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL $8.50 include meal-drink-tax-tip

*New!* Effingham/Vandalia/Litchfield *New!* – Free, donations accepted
7:30 a.m. Effingham – Depart K-Mart parking lot – 1006 N. Keller at I-70 exit 160 Please park at edge of lot away from the building (Map soon)
8:00 a.m. Vandalia – Depart Harmon’s IGA parking lot, 827 Veterans Ave. 62471 just southwest of I-70 exit 63 Please park at N/W corner between Subway and IGA. Employee parking area. (Map soon)
9:30 a.m. Litchfield – Depart Tractor Supply (TSC), 20 Litchfield Plaza, Litchfield, IL Just east of I-55 exit 52 (Map soon)
10:30 am Springfield – Lunch – Old Country buffet $8.50 per person (includes meal, drink, gratuity, bus captain collects money)
On-line reservation or call 815-635-3198
Bus provided by PK Firearms of Shelbyville, IL
Donations accepted – Donations will go to the ISRA legal defense fund

Bus fares will be $20 with the exception of Champaign/Decatur and Effingham/Vandalia/Litchfieled where donations will be accepted
Advance reservations required for bus seats!
Beginning 1-14-08 For reservations and departure locations go to www.IGOLD.isra.org or call 815-635-3198

Help spread the word–here are links to flyers that folks can print up (or better yet, have them a print shop do it on gold/yellow paper) for dissemination at gun shops, ranges, gun clubs, gun shows, etc.

ISRA’s flyer (pdf format)
Aurora info (MS Word doc)
Champaign info (MS Word doc)
Chicago info (MS Word doc)
Mt. Vernon-Fairview Heights info (MS Word doc)

A “supermajority” of Illinois counties have rejected Chicago-style “gun-control” (which reminds me–I’m behind on my updates). That would not have happened, had the people of those counties not become fed up with the relentless attacks on liberty and self-defense. Many lawmakers don’t want to hear about that. Too bad–that’s their job, and we need to hold them to it, or get them out of that job.

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4 Responses to “IGOLD ’08–be heard on March 11”

  1. hairy hobbit Says:

    Good to see that something like this actually takes place.

  2. MsHep Says:

    “to let legislators know that the policies of state-mandated defenselessness are not acceptable”

    Haha…good luck on this one, dude.

  3. 45superman Says:

    Thanks, MsHep, we can probably use some luck. If we get a large enough percentage of Illinois gun owners mobilized, though, perhaps it’s the legislators who continue to ignore us who will need the luck.

  4. Mykal Anstrom Says:

    I was on of the many that came. I spoke to some guys from other clubs about all organizing som video footage and pictures from it. If y’all would like to see some pictures from IGOLD ’08 I have them posted on my URL provided.

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