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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.

IDCCA President’s Message – July 2018

2018-07-15T14:19:16+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House A Blue Wave? Don’t Vote. This OP-ED by IDCCA President Doug House was published under the title “Democrats Mending Deficiencies” in the Decatur Herald & Review on July 3, 2018 The name Paul Weyrich might not mean much to you today. But for four decades he planted the seeds of ideological rhetoric that have produced bumper crops of bitter, polarizing political fruit. Weyrich was an unapologetic conservative activist. As co-founder of the right-wing Heritage Foundation, he helped plan a path toward seizing control of politics and government. How he helped [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – July 20182018-07-15T14:19:16+00:00

Rauner, SCOTUS underestimate the collective power of organized labor

2018-07-15T13:52:48+00:00

Rauner, SCOTUS underestimate the collective power of organized labor by Pam Davidson, IDCCA At Large Executive Board Member, Knox County Democratic Party County Chair, President of UAW Region 4 Civil & Human Rights Council, UAW Local 865 Trustee, Knox County Board Chair, @KnoxCountyDems @UAW We live in a pretty sick state when our Governor celebrates a partisan, far right, activist-led Supreme Court that decides to reverse decades of national law to set the stage for slashing the incomes and benefits of millions of American families. It remains to be seen how the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision will, in [...]

Rauner, SCOTUS underestimate the collective power of organized labor2018-07-15T13:52:48+00:00

An Argument to Protect Your PCs

2018-07-15T13:37:07+00:00

An Argument to Protect Your PCs by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA At Large Executive Board Member, County Chair of the Democratic Party of McHenry County, & State Central Committeewoman (IL 14th), @McHenryDems Every election cycle, campaigns battle it out for volunteers. And, one seemingly easy source is county Party precinct committeepeople (PC). The primary role of a county Democratic Party is electing Democrats; therefore, it would follow PCs are sought to be exclusive volunteers for campaigns. The truth is, exclusivity to a campaign isn’t the role of a PCs. PCs are volunteers for their county Parties and County Chairs should protect [...]

An Argument to Protect Your PCs2018-07-15T13:37:07+00:00

Your Campaign Message: The Story of Us and Now in the Personal Narrative

2018-07-15T13:23:47+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Storytelling and Structure Before we dive into the stories of us and now, let’s quickly review what we’ve learned so far. In part one, we focused on the importance of storytelling and how it fits into different contexts. While speechmaking is limited to the stage, you can tell a story anywhere. Last month, we also established how the personal narrative adds the element of “you” to your campaign. Your experiences coupled with your stances on your local issues and support for your community creates a well-rounded and compelling [...]

Your Campaign Message: The Story of Us and Now in the Personal Narrative2018-07-15T13:23:47+00:00

Rauner Failed Me – Dana

2018-07-15T13:16:39+00:00

Rauner Failed Me – Dana @RaunerFailedMe For the past 25 years, I’ve worked with an agency that helps families with loved ones who have developmental disabilities access the services they need to build better lives. The people I work with are in communities that have been forgotten and left behind for decades— but they’ve been hardest hit by Bruce Rauner. We’ve never had enough money or the ability to provide everyone with the full and complete attention they deserve, but the budget crisis made my job next to impossible. I was tasked with trying to find service providers for people, [...]

Rauner Failed Me – Dana2018-07-15T13:16:39+00:00

Statement from Doug House Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

2018-06-27T10:52:35+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday June 27, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org Statement from Doug House, President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 “If there is any doubt in the Republican-led claims that Bruce Rauner is worst GOP governor in the nation, today’s Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision fortifies that truth. Working and middle-class Illinoisans have every right to be disgusted with Bruce Rauner and his feckless celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to erode collective bargaining rights and drop incomes and [...]

Statement from Doug House Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 312018-06-27T10:52:35+00:00

Joe Biden to Keynote Democratic Party Chairs’ 2018 Brunch

2018-06-26T14:08:08+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday June 26, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org JOE BIDEN TO KEYNOTE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRS’ 2018 BRUNCH “Blue Wave” enthusiasm expected to result in the largest-ever annual Democratic Party event  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The annual IDCCA County Chairs’ Brunch held in mid-August has become a traditional rallying point shifting Democratic Party activism into high gear. IDCCA President Doug House is confident that this year’s keynote guest and speaker, Former Vice President Joe Biden, will build unprecedented enthusiasm and help boost attendance well beyond last year’s record turnout. “Over the last three years, our Democratic County [...]

Joe Biden to Keynote Democratic Party Chairs’ 2018 Brunch2018-06-26T14:08:08+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message – June 2018

2018-06-11T13:13:06+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Recently, while surfing social media, my eye caught a meme from a fellow Democratic Party activist that read, “Democrats ought to stop talking about a Blue Wave and start working to make it happen.” I sense where his frustration may be coming from. It’s true that a lot of Democrats seem to have a strong level of confidence towards a victorious November. And yes, if the recent past is any indication, the political winds can change at any moment, causing common sense to escape scores of voters at the ballot [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – June 20182018-06-11T13:13:06+00:00

Don’t be alarmed, but “men” are closer to being removed from state laws

2018-06-11T13:06:57+00:00

Don’t be alarmed, but “men” are closer to being removed from state laws by State Senator Melinda Bush, 31st District, @SenatorBush Political parties aren’t exclusive to men. In counties and wards and townships throughout the state, women are leading the charge – in both parties. But for decades Illinois statutes have referenced “men” when it comes to party leaders. “Chairmen” are the titled leaders of political parties, at least according to Illinois law. The real party workers, those in the precincts, are referred to as “committeemen.” Earlier this year, I partnered with the IDCCA to advance legislation establishing gender neutrality [...]

Don’t be alarmed, but “men” are closer to being removed from state laws2018-06-11T13:06:57+00:00

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self

2018-06-11T12:59:30+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems A Quick Recap Let’s quickly review the importance of storytelling and how your personal narrative fits in. In part one (May 2018 IDCCA Newsletter), we went over the difference between storytelling and speech making: we saw that where speech making is often static and one-sided, storytelling is dynamic and personal. What makes storytelling powerful is its transformative nature. Your story can be used in different contexts with different people — and it is that fluidity that is powerful. It can be used in virtually any setting if [...]

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self2018-06-11T12:59:30+00:00