Blake Hudson, President
Blake Hudson is from Zion, IL. He graduated with his A.A. from the College of Lake County in 2010. While there he served on the School board as a Student Trustee, the President of Cru Student Ministry and he was a Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Scholar.
He continued his education at the University of Illinois, earned a B.A. Communication degree and graduated in 2012. During his time in Champaign, Blake served as a Multicultural Advocate in three residence halls on campus.
After finishing his undergrad, Blake was accepted for a competitive internship with the Illinois Senate Republican Staff. On staff, Blake served as the public relations staffer for multiple State Senators, and the caucus as a whole.
After his internship Blake was accepted into the Whitney M. Young Fellowship at the University of Illinois @ Springfield, graduated with his M.P.A. in May of 2015, where he also gave the commencement address.
Currently Blake is the CEO of Pinkskate.com, A family owned, online clothing store. He also created "Bright Start Consulting" a firm dedicated to helping young people transition with clarity and achieve success.
Blake serves his Church by volunteering his time as a leader in both young adults and high-school ministry. He also serves his community as a Precinct Committeeman and as an Alumni Board member for the College of Lake County.
Joel Sikes, Vice President
Joel is from Lake Zurich, where he attended Lake Zurich High School and was active in extracurricular activities and community service. During his high school years, Joel earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 92 and was as member of the LZHS student council, which led to an early interest in politics and government.
Following high school, Joel attended Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University, earning degrees in Political Science and History. During this time, Joel’s involvement in public service and politics reached a new level, where he joined the College Republicans and worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of Steve Greenberg.
In addition to his growing political involvement in college, which included being a regular commentator on the WESN radio program Full Circle Politics, Joel was also a U.S. Marine Officer Candidate and active in many community service programs. Joel was a regular volunteer for the Bloomington-Normal Habitat for Humanity, interned with the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, and was involved in the foundation of Ekkekko. Ekkekko, a microfinance organization, was designed to aid improvised peoples use the power of the free market to become entrepreneurs, grow a business and work their way out of poverty.
After college, Joel’s desire to be active in public service led him to work with U.S. Congressman Robert Dold and former State Representative Sidney Mathias, now of the Lake County Board. He then decided to advance and expand his career in New York. Joel spent nearly two years working with the New York State Assembly as a public relations manager.
Realizing his greatest desire was to have an impact on his home community, Joel returned to Lake County in January of 2014. Since his return to Illinois, Joel has been a communications manager with the Illinois House of Representatives and returned to an active involvement in Lake County politics.
Joel’s main goal on the LCYR board is to get more hard working young people engaged in the political process and shares the desire of his fellow board members to build a group that adds value, insight and investment to the community.
Ryan Kilduff, Secretary
Ryan is the Operations Marshal at Cor Strategies, a political solutions company based in Palatine. In this role, he wears a wide-range of campaign related hats, including: Campaign Management, Field Operations, Collateral, Telecommunications, Email Marketing, Data & Analytics, and Social Media.
His interest in politics began with his summer backpacking trip throughout Europe in 2009. While traveling, Ryan was exposed to many facets of the various governments, which sparked his interest in state and federal politics back home.
He began his career in politics in 2011 with an internship in the office of Senator Mark Kirk after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Ryan worked on a handful of campaigns prior to joining Cor in 2013, including Sidney Mathias for State Representative, Tom Hayes for Arlington Heights Mayor, and Joe Neal for State Senate.
While working in the service industry at an Italian restaurant for nearly nine years, Ryan is the first to say to not discuss politics at the dinner table…or during a Chicago Bears game. But he’s dedicated himself to strengthening and progressing the Republican Party in Illinois (when the Bears aren’t playing, of course).