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/Dan Kovats

About Dan Kovats

Dan has been involved in campaigns for the last 10 years starting out in organizing and grassroots efforts, which are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. During his last campaign he served as Campaign Manager to Rianne Hawkins for Springfield City Clerk and prior to that, Dan was the Downstate Regional Field Director for US Senator Dick Durbin’s reelection campaign. Dan also served for 11 months as an Outreach Assistant to State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

Democratic County Chairs to Host Two Attorney General Candidate Forums

2018-01-16T16:57:56+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org Democratic County Chairs to Host Two Attorney General Candidate Forums Forums to be held in Springfield and Chicago Springfield, Illinois – Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) announced today that it will be hosting two candidate forums for the Democratic candidates for Attorney General in Springfield and Chicago. Each forum will be open to the public, within ticket availability, and press. The IDCCA is also pleased to provide media availability with IDCCA Chairman Doug House and the candidates for interested outlets. House will be [...]

Democratic County Chairs to Host Two Attorney General Candidate Forums 2018-01-16T16:57:56+00:00

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Forum

2018-01-15T15:42:50+00:00

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association announced that it will be hosting two candidate forums for the Democratic candidates for Attorney General in Springfield and Chicago. Each forum will be open to the public, free to attend, within ticket availability, and press. The IDCCA is proud to be partnering with Jim Leach from 970 WMAY-AM Springfield to moderate the forum in Springfield, to be held at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW/Chicago Tonight to moderate the Chicago forum at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399. To date, the following candidates have confirmed their participation: [...]

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Forum 2018-01-15T15:42:50+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message – January 2018

2018-01-15T12:57:29+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats Let’s Get Going! It’s 2018! There’s no turning back. It’s 2018 and our chance to harness the enthusiasm for change is now more important than ever. Democrats throughout Illinois are motivated and engaged. And the IDCCA is building upon the remarkable growth and strength of the past two years where we’ve enacted our plan to recruit, organize and train Democrats and progressive-minded activists to build the strongest Democratic Party in every corner of Illinois. 2018 begins the third year of our three-year effort and, thanks to thousands of partners like [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – January 2018 2018-01-15T12:57:29+00:00

Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington

2018-01-15T12:50:04+00:00

Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17th), @CheriBustos Executive Summary Democrats’ national level of support has seen better days. Much better. By the numbers, Democrats are at their lowest in nearly 100 years. While the party had a successful night in off-year elections on Nov. 7, 2017, and in the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama for U.S. Senate, Democrats will not return to majorities in Washington or the states without earning stronger support from the rural, working-class voters who propelled Donald [...]

Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington 2018-01-15T12:50:04+00:00

Update from the College Democrats of Illinois

2018-01-15T12:39:33+00:00

Update from the College Democrats of Illinois by Jack McNeil, President, College Democrats of Illinois, @CollegeDemsIL Last week, the Illinois College Democrats PAC was officially launched, and in first 24 hours we raised nearly $500.Thanks to the help of the ILDCCA, Zach Koutsky and Tom Bowen, our executive board and finance director Victoria Koffsky, and our newly appointed finance council that features party leaders and College Dem alumni alike (Ben Head, Annie Kehler, Magen Ryan, Jen McMillen, and Craig Colbrook), we're off to the races. Now, here’s why it matters that College Democrats have a well-funded operation. The Democratic Party [...]

Update from the College Democrats of Illinois 2018-01-15T12:39:33+00:00

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations

2018-01-15T12:27:18+00:00

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations by Natasha Smith, User Experience and Communications Manager, National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems “Politics is about shaking hands and kissing babies.” Has anyone ever actually said that to you? While it’s a tad simplistic, there is a tremendous amount of truth to the statement. The truth is, politics is about voter contact. Voter contact means introducing yourself personally (and with volunteers) directly to the voters. Most of the time voter contact means knocking doors and making phone calls, but it also includes glad handing and working the crowd [...]

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations 2018-01-15T12:27:18+00:00

Facebook is Local

2018-01-15T12:18:26+00:00

Facebook is Local by Jessica Ellison Thomas, jthomas@ad-stl.com Facebook Is Local This past week, Representative Cheri Bustos was on NPR’s Morning Edition reiterating that “all politics is local”. Her recent report Hope From The Heartland is a way to take a look at the best practices of Democrats who have successfully run and won in red districts because they were able to localize their elections. Facebook Groups and a public Facebook Page are two ways to stay local online. One unlikely tool that you can use to more effectively communicate locally is Facebook Groups. After all, this is largely the [...]

Facebook is Local 2018-01-15T12:18:26+00:00

End Prohibition, Regulate Marijuana, Make Illinois Safer

2018-01-15T12:06:30+00:00

End Prohibition, Regulate Marijuana, Make Illinois Safer by Bret Bender, Illinois Political Director, Marijuana Policy Project, @MarijuanaPolicy, bbender@mpp.org  Several Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates and Democratic candidates across the county are openly running on a platform that includes the legalization and regulation of cannabis for adults.  One such candidate, Gov. Phil Murphy in New Jersey, has already taken office. It’s a brave new world for elected officials.  Four years ago, support for legalization could hardly be whispered by a mainstream, major party candidate for office, but the public’s attitude has certainly evolved.  Gallup found record support for a taxed and regulated [...]

End Prohibition, Regulate Marijuana, Make Illinois Safer 2018-01-15T12:06:30+00:00

Every Vote Counts, So Does EveryElection

2018-01-15T11:55:05+00:00

Every Vote Counts, So Does EveryElection by Jes Klass, NewFounders, @newfoundersHQ We’re entering a battlefield this year, there’s really no other way to put it. We’ve seen victories recently in Alabama with Doug Jones’ Senate victory and the #BlueWave in Virginia, but it doesn’t stop there. Now is not the time to get complacent. We need to send a message this year and make a real statement to 45’s administration. This year, we all need to get out and vote. The 2016 presidential election yielded an estimated 58% voter turnout. While this is more than half of the country, by [...]

Every Vote Counts, So Does EveryElection 2018-01-15T11:55:05+00:00

2018 Women’s March to the Polls

2018-01-17T12:43:19+00:00

One year ago millions of women throughout the United States gathered to make sure that their voices were heard and show their resistance to Donald Trump. Since they women have led the charge with historic victories in Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama. On Saturday, January 20th, women throughout Illinois will gather to once again make sure that their voices are heard and to continue resisting Donald Trump's racist policies. You are invited to join them! Here is a list of events by city: East Peoria Women's March to the Polls Carbondale Women's March to the Polls Chicago Women's March [...]

2018 Women’s March to the Polls 2018-01-17T12:43:19+00:00