Sharon Fairley, candidate for Attorney General @FairleyForAG Illinois – and our nation – are facing unprecedented peril. To overcome it, we need experienced, principled leadership to defend our democracy and our hard-won rights. We have been through tough times before. I studied mechanical and aerospace engineering in college and obtained an M.B.A. after graduation. I spent years after that pursuing a career in business and advertising while also raising a family until the events of September 11, 2001. I wanted to get involved and help make a difference, so I went back to school at the University of Chicago and [...]
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Reaching Millennials By Matt Fruth A number of surveys have been conducted in order to look at voters under the age of 30 and what drives them to vote and why those that don’t vote choose not to. For those that do vote the positions of the candidates are the most important factor and the candidate’s positions matter more to younger voters than any other age group. When they don’t vote it is most likely for a lack of interest. Something to keep in mind when trying to recruit new volunteers and voters who are under 30 is that they are [...]
Workers’ Compensation Reform Must Start with the Insurance Industry By Perry J. Browder In 2011, at the urging of the state’s leading business organizations, bipartisan majorities of Illinois lawmakers approved a workers’ compensation “reform” law aimed at reducing costs for Illinois employers. It forced workers to forfeit long-standing rights in exchange for insurance companies being transparent with pricing and passing savings along to employers in the form of rate reductions. Unfortunately, the insurance companies have not held up their end of the bargain. Cries from Governor Rauner and his big business and insurance industry supporters for more so-called “reforms” will only [...]
The portion of the campaign that includes knocking doors, making phone calls, recruiting volunteers, and engaging the voters is the field program. There is no one way to write a manual on how to properly run a field organization for your campaign, but I am going to attempt to do just that. I plan on covering 3 of the main items that can lead to a successful basic field plan to help Democrats win the war on the streets. The first main pillar of a good field organization, and the foundation of your organization, are your volunteers and paid canvassers. Now [...]
Want to Engage Millennials? Meet Them Where They Are By Eloise D. Bahmasel Meet the Millennials. You probably know them by many different names, but in 2016, they’re adults between 19 and 35. They are already one third of the U.S. labor force. By 2020, they’ll represent 40% of the electorate. Want to win elections in the future? You’ll need their votes. Simply put, Millennials matter. But despite all the talk of their demographic heft, it’s worth asking: how do we engage and activate Millennials in Democratic politics? This is a complex issue, because we know Millennials are less likely to [...]
Announcing, Go To Webinar for our next general membership meeting We will have a new change for our next General Membership meeting. We will be streaming the meeting online through Go To Webinar. A couple of weeks before our next meeting each County Chairman will receive an email to register with Go To Webinar. You will then receive a log in and password to is specific to you. This log in and password is only for the County Chairman and should not be shared with anyone else. Only the County Chairman will have access to the online streaming of our meetings. [...]
Illinois is one of the strongest Democratic states throughout the United States. We are only this strong because every one of our 102 County Parties is working in the same direction. Iroquois County is in the process of reorganizing their Democratic Party. The Iroquois County Democratic Party held an organizational meeting in early December. At that meeting, 3 surrounding County Chairmen attended and have offered assistance. Thank you to Al Klein (Champaign), John Reis (Livingston) and Frank Wright (Vermilion), Doug House (IDCCA President) and Dan Kovats (IDCCA Executive Director). Thank you to John Willard (Kankakee) and Ed Homeier (Ford) who have [...]
Rauner’s Ransom The Illinois House has voted on Governor Rauner’s anti-worker, anti-middle class agenda 11 times now; and 11 times the House has overwhelmingly rejected it. No Democrat has ever supported the Rauner amendment. House Republicans have typically either voted “present” (a non- committal vote) or refused to vote. Rauner is holding the final pieces of the state budget hostage until legislators give in to his demands to hurt the middle class by: Cutting construction worker pay through elimination of Prevailing Wage Act coverage on local government construction projects; Allowing local governments to prohibit their employees from bargaining over pay, [...]
Springfield, IL – On November 7, 2015 the General Membership of the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association met in Springfield to discuss endorsements for the upcoming 2016 Primary Election. “It’s important that Democrats know who our organization is supporting and why we are going to work hard to get these individuals elected,” said IDCCA President Doug House. House added, “All of the candidates were qualified but former Secretary of State Clinton, Congresswoman Duckworth, and City Clerk of Chicago Mendoza stood above the others as the right candidates to lead the Democratic ticket in 2016.” Hillary Clinton is a native of Park [...]