Conservative organizers and members of the Kendall County Republican Party gathered in a Yorkville park Saturday, June 5 with speakers denouncing pandemic restrictions, the media and the results of the 2020 election.
The weekend event drew a couple hundred people to the Yorkville Town Square as demonstrators lined Bridge Street (Route 47) holding signs promoting a slew of conservative causes, including opposition to vaccine mandates, school closures and critical race theory.
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Yorkville resident and country singer Tim Gleason addresses crowd at a conservative rally in downtown Yorkville Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Lucas Robinson - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jim Marter, chairman of the local GOP, said that even though most pandemic restrictions are gone, people came out Saturday to protest the “taking of individual choice” that occurred in the past year.
“It’s really about the power of the government that did that to us,” Marter said. “That’s what it’s really about, standing up to that.”
Dawn Ramey, a Yorkville resident, said that her and a “group of concerned parents and community members” organized the event.
“It’s been unfortunate to see the businesses have to close,” she said.
Other speakers Saturday afternoon touched upon media censorship of former President Donald Trump and the belief that Trump will be reinstated to the White House in the coming months.
“Things are going to come to an abrupt change, a positive change for us,” said speaker Chris Warden.
Lucas Robinson covers politics, courts, schools and the pandemic in Kendall County and Yorkville for Shaw Media. His work has previously appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Buenos Aires Times, Open Secrets and USAToday. He grew up in Muncie, Indiana.