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Chairman Eric Wallace and Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica
Chairman Eric Wallace and Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica

Our Approach

We will gather like-minded conservatives who adhere a biblical worldview and support them for political office in the Republican Party. At times we may step outside the party to find a conservative alternative to the GOP candidate if they don't support the party platform or the R.I.S.E. Principles.

Our Story

AARC was started in 2005 as an attempt to recruit more African Americans to run for office in the GOP and the state party organization.

The organization accomplished much in its first year. These are only a few of our accomplishments in 2005:

  • We incorporated and became a 527
  • We began holding monthly meetings in April
  • We ratified bylaws
  • We picked interim officers
  • We had a logo
  • We had a temporary meeting place
  • We had around 15 members but were averaging 25 people at our meetings
  • We held our first fundraiser and made money! (over eighty people attended)
  • We had three people running for office
  • We had become an affiliate organization of the Illinois Republican Party.

The last accomplishment is no longer possible. There are no affiliate organizations of the IL GOP. However, in 2007 we dissolved the organization.

We have decided that now is the time to reorganize AARC of Illinois and help bring needed change to our state.

Meet the Team

The following individuals have agreed to serve as officers until such time as we can have proper elections to fill each office.



Dr. Eric M. Wallace

Founder & Chairman

A man of vision and focus, Dr. Eric Wallace couples his rich educational background with a unique ability to challenge the status quo. His post-graduate degrees in Biblical Studies (MA, ThM, Ph.D.), together with his passion and powerful message are inspiring exciting change. Eric holds the distinction of being the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Union-PSCE (Now Union Presbyterian Seminary).

In 2006 Wallace ran for State Senate in Illinois’ 19th district. Dr. Wallace’s campaign drew the attention of news sources and politicians. Over the last few years, he has served on the African American Advisory Board for the RNC, as Chairman of the African American Republican Council of Illinois, a member of the Outreach Advisory Board for the Illinois GOP, Co-Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party,  and served as commissioner on the Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission. More recently Wallace was a candidate for U.S. Representative in the 2nd Congressional district special election in 2013 and 2014 election cycle.


Jennifer Wallace


Jennifer L. Wallace is a woman of faith inspired by both her personal and political convictions; as well her commitment to encouraging others towards spiritual growth and maturity. Her life goals include serving the Church, in general, and the African American Church, in particular, as an ally and advocate for the advancing of a Biblical worldview, which communicates the precepts and principles of God’s Word; and, provides a biblical standard for promoting healthy marriage and family life.

She is the Co-Founder of the Freedom’s Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy, as well as a principal and contributing Editor for Freedom’s Journal Magazine. She has enjoyed active ministry and leadership involvement including leadership roles in Christian Education, Leadership Training and Women’s Ministry serving on, among others, the Circle Y Ranch Women’s Auxiliary Board and the Chicagoland Christian Women’s Conference (CCWC).

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