New Hires: Two Experienced Political Professionals Added to Democratic Chairs’ Team

//New Hires: Two Experienced Political Professionals Added to Democratic Chairs’ Team

For Immediate Release
December 22, 2017
Contact: Toby Trimmer, IDCCA Communications Director
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New Hires: Two Experienced Political Professionals Added to Democratic Chairs’ Team

Jillian Hawkins serving as Assistant Executive Director, Toby Trimmer as Communications Director

 SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Responding to the growing activism of Democrats throughout the state, the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is adding two Springfield-based professionals to their operations.

Jillian Hawkins now serves the IDCCA in the role of Assistant Executive Director. In the newly-created position, Hawkins will help manage day-to-day operations, strategic planning, county and regional coordination and serve as a liaison to Democratic campaigns throughout the state.

Toby Trimmer has been hired as the new IDCCA Communications Director. In his role, Trimmer will serve as the media relations contact for the association, as well as an advisor for group’s strategic communications efforts.

“Democrats in counties throughout Illinois are fortunate to have these seasoned professionals as an addition to our team,” said Doug House, President of the IDCCA. “Our association has experienced substantial growth in grassroots activism from Democrats following the election of Donald Trump in 2016. In every region of the state ordinary people are getting active, seeking to help organize and grow our Party. Jillian Hawkins and Toby Trimmer are critical players in making sure Democrats at every level are competitive and successful in 2018 and beyond.”

The addition of Hawkins and Trimmer means more assistance for IDCCA’s Executive Director Dan Kovats, whom House credits for much of the association’s recent success.  “Dan Kovats has coordinated and led a team of dedicated volunteers in rapidly growing the influence of the Democratic County Chairs’ Association,” said House. “Because of this, we’re in the position where we can’t get our important work done without additional, seasoned partners. Throughout the next year, I’m confident that Democrats throughout the state are going to see the benefits of the team we’ve assembled.”

About Jillian Hawkins –

A native of Mattoon, Illinois, Jillian Hawkins has been a political activist and advisor to Democratic candidates since her youth. For nearly a decade she has volunteered for progressive causes and served Democratic campaigns, including an Illinois congressional race and a Virginia statehouse campaign. As a resident of Springfield, Hawkins has worked on city and county-level campaigns to help elect more women to public service. Hawkins earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

About Toby Trimmer –

Trimmer is a native of Macomb, Illinois and began working on his first campaign as a student at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the 1990s. Throughout the past two decades, he has served as Communications Director for the Illinois Senate, the Political Director of a statewide teachers’ union and as a strategic advisor and consultant for dozens of political efforts throughout Illinois. Trimmer is a longtime resident of Springfield where he lives with his wife and two sons.


The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association is a statewide, grassroots Democratic political organization. It is made up of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in each county while continuing to grow the Democratic Party in the State of Illinois. Rock Island County Chair Doug House is the President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. Learn more at, and