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ILBC Joint Chairman Senator Lightford has made history

2018-02-11T21:46:10+00:00

ILBC Joint Chairman Senator Lightford has made history by Monica Gordon, ILBC Executive Director, @ILBCF Many can argue that 2018 is the Year of the Woman. And there are 15 exceptional women who currently serve in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. In lieu of black history month, everyone should know how one of these exceptional women, ILBC Joint Chairman, Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, has made history. Assistant majority leader, Senator Kimberly A. Lightford is the youngest African-American woman ever elected to the Illinois Senate in 1998. This is her 20th year serving the 4th district in the Senate. Since the [...]

ILBC Joint Chairman Senator Lightford has made history 2018-02-11T21:46:10+00:00

Why I fight for social and economic justice

2018-02-11T21:00:33+00:00

Why I fight for social and economic justice by State Representative Juliana Stratton, 5th District, @JulianaforLG A little while back, I met a woman named Maria and she was kind and brave enough to share her story with me. Maria described her experience in the criminal justice system in a way that has stuck with me ever since: First she was in prison, then she went to prison, then she came home to prison. I was struck by how many women in our prisons want to build better lives, but are fighting against a system that isn’t set up to [...]

Why I fight for social and economic justice 2018-02-11T21:00:33+00:00

Using Facebook to Give a Voice to the People

2018-02-11T13:56:13+00:00

Using Facebook to Give a Voice to the People by Jessica Ellison Thomas & Chantal Chandler, @ActionMetroEast Numerous articles of late have focused on the urgent need to promote civic engagement in an effort to, as alarmist as it may sound, save democracy.  At the same time, activist fatigue is on the rise.  As one news event after another steals the spotlight, those who are trying to stay educated and motivated are finding more reasons to drop out than lean in.  Social media is certainly one tool we can use to support motivation, but one-way messaging can never build true [...]

Using Facebook to Give a Voice to the People 2018-02-11T13:56:13+00:00

Black History Month – An Opportunity to Motivate and Rededicate

2018-02-11T13:32:04+00:00

Black History Month – An Opportunity to Motivate and Rededicate by Doris Turner, Sangamon County Democratic Party Chair, Springfield Ward 3 Alderman, @VoteforDoris This year, Black History Month is more than just another opportunity to observe, celebrate and unite over the contributions of our ancestors who endured unspeakable hardships in this country. It is, in fact, with those struggles in mind that we must demand a better Illinois. February is the month that Illinois political campaigns will catapult their efforts into high gear seeking votes for the March 20 Primary Election. For those of us who are passionate Democrats, we [...]

Black History Month – An Opportunity to Motivate and Rededicate 2018-02-11T13:32:04+00:00

Your Candidate’s Vote is in Jeopardy

2018-02-11T13:22:42+00:00

Your Candidate’s Vote is in Jeopardy by Larry Quick, the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project, www.ballot-integrity.org How secure are Illinois elections? How much confidence should Illinois voters have in the accuracy and integrity of the election results reported by Illinois election authorities? Have we as voters come to accept faith-based election results subject to little if any independent external review? To be sure, Illinois election systems are complex. They are information systems comprised of many interdependent components. They are with few exceptions insecure guardians of Illinois democracy. Audits of Illinois election systems by independent CPAs would reveal to all Illinois citizens [...]

Your Candidate’s Vote is in Jeopardy 2018-02-11T13:22:42+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

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

Jesse Ruiz, candidate for Attorney General

2017-12-11T11:47:06+00:00

Jesse Ruiz, candidate for Attorney General @JesseRuizEsq I became an attorney so I could use the law to protect and defend others, and to be able to step in when people need a champion. Today, as we face a Trump White House supported by right-wing zealots, the protections built into our legal system are more crucial than ever. As your Attorney General, I will use all of the powers of the law as a shield – and if necessary, a sword – on behalf of everyone in Illinois. Like so many men and women in Illinois (and across the country), [...]

Jesse Ruiz, candidate for Attorney General 2017-12-11T11:47:06+00:00

Kwame Raoul, candidate for Attorney General

2017-12-11T11:34:02+00:00

Kwame Raoul, candidate for Attorney General @kwameraoul Fellow Democrats, We’re at a pivotal moment. Every day, Illinoisans are under siege from attacks from Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump. And in this period of transition, we need an attorney general who will not only speak out against them but will get things done on our behalf. I’ve spent my career securing victories on behalf of victims and the voiceless while producing real change in our justice system. As a legislator, I led the charge to pass the Illinois Voting Rights Act along with a constitutional amendment to protect voting rights, the [...]

Kwame Raoul, candidate for Attorney General 2017-12-11T11:34:02+00:00

Nancy Rotering, candidate for Attorney General

2017-12-11T11:20:16+00:00

Nancy Rotering, candidate for Attorney General @TeamRotering The people of Illinois deserve a strong, independent, principled advocate. As a candidate for Attorney General, I bring a lifetime of advocacy and a record of producing real results. As a two-term Mayor and mother of four sons, I know how to get things done. During my first term in office, I shook up City Hall with a major reform of city government that resulted in increased transparency, accountability, collaboration, and ethics. I emphasized creating a culture at City Hall that regained the trust of our residents and employees. It’s important to stand [...]

Nancy Rotering, candidate for Attorney General 2017-12-11T11:20:16+00:00