IL-16: Only In-District Republican and Million Unmasked March Co-Organizer Announces Challenge to Adam Kinzinger

Michael Rebresh

From Mike Rebresh for Congress campaign press release:

Minooka Businessman Michael Rebresh Announces Candidacy for 16th Congressional District

MINOOKA, IL, August 3, 2021 – Minooka businessman Michael Rebresh has announced his candidacy for Illinois’ 16th Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R):

“I’m a father, a husband, a successful businessman of more than 23 years and, unlike Joe Biden, I actually DO drive an 18-wheeler.

“I’m also a longtime Minooka resident and a staunch conservative Republican who supported President Trump in 2016 and 2020 – not based on his personality but based on his policies.

“That’s why today I am announcing that I’m running for Congress in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.”

Mike Rebresh, from statement, 8/3/21


Rebresh says that he is the only announced Republican challenger to Kinzinger who lives in the district.

“The people of the 16th congressional district DESERVE true representation and they cannot get that representation from carpetbaggers looking to profit from a quick political opportunity.”

But Rebresh says the worst offender is incumbent Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has used his seat for his own gain – not the people’s.

“He is a handpicked loyalist of Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“While doing Nancy’s bidding and furthering his own interests, he ignored the riots that devastated Illinois’ cities and towns last year and failed to recognize the local thin blue line we all count on.”

Rebresh says that Kinzinger viciously attacked President Trump for the last five years and has ignored the concerns of the residents of the 16th district over and over again. He says that residents are concerned about their kids returning to school with mask mandates and theoretical political agendas being taught in the classroom. Rebresh also says that Kinzinger knew the risk that the Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants would be shut down a year ago, costing residents their jobs and causing energy costs to skyrocket, and did nothing.

“We can and must do better than Rep. Adam Kinzinger and, if elected to represent the people of the 16th Congressional District, I will.”

Rebresh is the owner of Azamon Logistics and a longtime resident of the Minooka area where he lives with his wife, Sherry, and their three young children, Wyatt, Holly and Brett.

For more information, visit


Mike Rebresh filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) early Saturday morning.

In late July of 2020, Rebresh was a co-organizer of the “Million Unmasked March” in Springfield. The WCIA story from 2020 can be viewed here.

Rebresh’s campaign video launch can be viewed at his campaign website at the link at the end of his press release.


IL-16: Only In-District Republican and Million Unmasked March Co-Organizer Announces Challenge to Adam Kinzinger — 20 Comments

  1. I can’t vote for you but because I live in Georgia but I can certainly pray that you beat the socks off that DIAN (Democrat in all but name) Adam Kinzinger.

  2. Susan Evans, thank you for visiting.

    You mentioned Georgia, are you by chance in Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s GA-14?

    Curious, because Mr. Rebresh mentioned “carpetbaggers”, and MTG did similar, running in-state in district she didn’t live in, so curious if MTG serves the district well in spite of not living in the district.

    Again, thank you for stopping by.

  3. I live and vote in Andrew Clyde’s district and I have land in Madison Cawthorn’s distrist.

  4. If there are approximately 7 Republicans running and just ONE Democrat running (and her fundraising numbers aren’t good), don’t you have to conclude Republicans are being played again?

    Sounds to me like Dems got the memo this thing isn’t happening.

    Only the anti-Kinzinger Republicans have not figured it out yet or they have and are just doing it for attention or something.

    Assuming this WERE real, what makes this guy qualified other than driving a truck, being against masks, and living in the district?

    Is that it?

    What does he know about politics?

    Has he ever ran for anything?

    Does he have access to cash?

    Does he have a good network?

    If an election actually DID happen involving all these Republicans (I believe that won’t happen) I certainly wouldn’t be considering D listers, the bottom tier candidates.

  5. Correcting, all valid points.

    They all should be answered over time.

    He has some good points in his “B” team announcement, particularly he didn’t jump on the “America First” marketing bandwagon which comes across as sincerely different from Lauf, Lombardi and Marter.

    Going by what he said, his best part of his “B” team announcement was calling out Kinzinger on the big local issue of nuclear plants in district closing, calling out where has Kinzinger been to save those plants, and the jobs of IL-16 residents to be lost with the closures, was his strongest point.

    His attack on carpetbaggers weak, since people can point to MTG and many others including the current congressman he most resembles in appearance – Chip Roy, as successful intrastate carpetbaggers.

    As far as the challengers he took shots at, Lauf clearly his biggest target.

    But of all the challengers Rebresh likely making Lombardi the least happiest with entry into race, since much of Lombardi’s perceived strength, Rebresh beats it, and then some, including Rebresh writing a book about Ron Santo.

    For example, Lombardi been trying to show he’s fighting for children appearing and speaking against CRT and masks at public meetings of school boards and community college boards.

    Rebresh been doing this over a year (opposed to Lombardi since February campaign kickoff), and quoted on July 25, 2020 saying:

    “This is a free country. If I don’t want to live in Illinois, I can move. But no state owns my child. I’m not an indentured servant to the state. They don’t get to tell me what to do.”

    Rebresh betrays real toughness I’ve always found lacking in Lombardi, who always comes across as phony.

    Note the subtle jab in Rebresh’s press release at Lombardi, noting him and his wife raising “their” (as in, wife mother to all his kids) three young children.

    We’ll see how Rebresh’s campaign progresses, and come mid October, we’ll see his fundraising results for nearly 2 months of Q3.

  6. “Most resembles in appearance” – huh?

    How is that at all relevant?

    And cool, he wrote a (self-published) book about Ron Santo.

    Again, relevance?

    Also, I have to say that your continued attacks on Lombardi’s divorce and family are disgusting.

    I highly doubt that Rebresh or his people write that as a subtle attack.

    That language is the exact same kind of language in many press releases about candidates and their families.

  7. AlabamaShake, remember I posted my views in comments, and while I always welcome differences of opinion, show respect I have right to make them.

    My comments about 1st impressions stand.

    Rebresh does resemble Chip Roy, slightly, in appearance (bald, white goatee).

    Relevance of Santo book, Jack Lombardi and supporters in their campaign in their amateur digs at Lauf, always talk life experiences and “crucible of hard work”.

    IMHO, Rebresh takes away Lombardi’s attack, because he has a few more, and unlike Lombardi, Rebresh names his business and can show he’s sincere given he did his activism long before announcing congressional bid.

    I’ll have to see Lombardi’s Financial Disclosure statement to get name of his businesses.

    Say what you will about my pointing out Lombardi’s divorce, remarriage and having kids from different marriages as result.

    For anyone who wants to talk about “life experiences” as Lombardi (and others) does, he invited these comparisons himself, and he will reap what he sows.

    And he brought his family into campaign by posting their picture on campaign website, and talking how his 1st wife Hispanic, 2nd wife Asian as proof he’s no racist, as he does on several interviews.

    Didn’t you, Alabama Shake bring up the negative life experiences in comments in another article complete with newspaper link, of one of Liz Cheney’s primary opponents?

    Family values may be inconsequential in a Democrat primary, but they still matter in a Republican primary, and it is fair game to talk EVERYONE’S life experiences in course of campaign.

    Who knows, way back in 2004 Republican U.S. Senate primary, had we known all about the primary winner that year before the primary, maybe we wouldn’t have had 2 terms of President Obama.

  8. **Didn’t you, Alabama Shake bring up the negative life experiences in comments in another article complete with newspaper link, of one of Liz Cheney’s primary opponents?**

    Are you really comparing raping and impregnating a 14-year old to being divorced?

    Good god.

  9. Nice try at deflection, AlabamaShake while bringing up rape which I did not do.

    Now tell me what is difference between life experience you bring up (and WY candidate never charged, and he married the girl he impregnated) and bringing any candidates’ multiple marriages, or divorce, or responsibility of illegitimate child?

  10. Also… you just called the rape of a 14-year old a “negative life experience” … of the rapist. Wow.

  11. You didn’t have to bring up rape.

    You brought up the rapist, somehow claiming it was relevant to talking about someone else’s divorce.

    And claimed that the rape was a “negative life experience” of the rapist.

    And you’re right that he wasn’t charged, but he explicitly admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl.

    And by me pointing out that you’re comparing the rape of a 14-year-old girl to divorce, you say that I am deflecting?

  12. Wow Jack Lombardi is young yet sees the importance of standing by family.

    His teenage son is Hispanic as was Jack’a first wife.

    And his now wife and child are Asian.

    He’s no racist

    I like him better already.

  13. The masks and educational policies are state and local issues that congressman refresh has no say on. 🤔

    When Biden issues an executive order or Congress votes on those items, congressman refresh has say. 😄

  14. Yup, AlabamaShake, you’re deflecting.

    “And you’re right that he wasn’t charged, but he explicitly admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl.”

    He did not admit to rape in article, and same article clear he was never charged.

    He admitted to fathering an illegitimate child through intimacy with a 14 year old girl when he was 18.

    Same article said he married the girl at 15 in FL with legal loophole to gain her consent legally under FL law, marriage lasted 3 years, ended in divorce, and girl took her life in 1990.

    Sad, and I wonder why he was never charged for what is clearly a crime – anywhere, even in 1980s.

    He’s now a state senator in WY, possibly going to Congress.

    Should he?

    Should voters consider this life experience that should have been a prosecuted but wasn’t?

    Should they even know about it?

    His supporters and donors seem to think he’s still best to run against Cheney, and he’s already said he will not go and see President Trump, and unclear if Trump endorses someone else if he’ll drop.

    Now, if someone running in IL-16 has something, whether a crime, a prosecution, a lawsuit or anything the average voter should know of their life experiences, should it be vetted?

    Again, remember 2004 when sealed divorce court papers were unsealed after the primary, and truth became known, torpedoing the Republican Senate nominee and starting events bringing us 8 years of President Obama.

  15. **He admitted to fathering an illegitimate child through intimacy with a 14 year old girl when he was 18.**

    Uh… you know is rape, right?

  16. **Yup, AlabamaShake, you’re deflecting.**

    Also, do you even know what deflecting means?

    How am I deflecting?

    You continually bring up Lombardi’s divorce and children.

    I think that’s disgusting and said so.

    YOU then deflected with some textbook #whataboutism and compared it to bringing up the rape history of someone running for Congress.

    Oh, and you said that the rape was a “negative life experience” of the rapist.

  17. Alabama, should gays like you have 2 votes, because you’re so damn special?

  18. Creosote:

    1) I appreciate your obsession with me, and appreciate your ability to make this about me for some
    unknown reason and in irrelevant ways.

    2) Calling someone gay is not an insult. And attempting to use it as an insult just says that you are ignorant AF.

    3) Not that it is any of your business, but I am not gay.

    4) And, why would someone who was gay get two votes? That is just silly.

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