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IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats

2019-06-10T13:45:03-05:00

IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats by Jillian Hawkins, IDCCA Assistant Executive Director @ILDCCA  In May, nearly 200 Democrats traveled from every region of Illinois to join the IDCCA and the National Democratic Training Committee for the third-annual Boot Camp training weekend. Participating in the weekend-long intensive training sessions were precinct committeepersons, county chairs, activists, potential campaign leaders, some who look to be candidates, and those who are already elected officials. The 2019 Boot Camp welcomed some of Illinois’ top Democrats to the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  Boot Camp alumnus State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-56) welcomed the group of [...]

IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats2019-06-10T13:45:03-05:00

IDCCA Online Straw Poll Results Put Sanders On Top

2019-05-14T19:51:01-05:00

IDCCA ONLINE STRAW POLL RESULTS PUT SANDERS ON TOP by Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director, @ILDCCA @dankovats Surveys and polls are little more than a snapshot in time. But the IDCCA’s Presidential Straw Poll reveals a portrait of Democrats who are passionate about returning American ingenuity to our government and ejecting indecency from the White House. In mid-April, the association opened an online poll asking respondents who they prefer as the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee. More than 7,100 participants from all over Illinois (and a few from outside the state) answered our survey’s three questions: Who is your choice to [...]

IDCCA Online Straw Poll Results Put Sanders On Top2019-05-14T19:51:01-05:00

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections

2019-05-14T19:40:27-05:00

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections by Jillian Hawkins, Assistant Executive Director @ILDCCA The IDCCA’s 2019 Annual Boot Camp training program kicks off this Friday, May 17, in Springfield and close to 200 dedicated Democratic activists are attending the full weekend of intense learning. This is the third year of the much-anticipated Boot Camp program where the IDCCA coordinates with the seasoned experts from the National Democratic Training Committee to learn everything needed to run competitive campaigns and score election victories for Democrats. Through engaging seminars, Boot Camp participants will learn how to strike the spark to [...]

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections2019-05-14T19:40:27-05:00

2020 Presidential Poll Results

2019-05-12T18:58:11-05:00

With more than two-dozen well-qualified Democrats running for our party’s presidential nomination, Illinois could be one of the deciding states in who takes on Donald Trump in 2020. It’s been a long time since Illinois was so critical in the presidential Primary contest. From Monday April 15th through Monday May 6th, the IDCCA conducted a non-scientific online poll to get a snapshot of how each Presidential candidate was doing in Illinois. Over 7,100 people participated in the online poll. The poll included individuals who were announced candidates for President, individuals who have formed Exploratory Committees for President, and other individuals [...]

2020 Presidential Poll Results2019-05-12T18:58:11-05:00

2020 Presidential Poll

2019-04-15T17:51:04-05:00

With more than two-dozen well-qualified Democrats running for our party’s presidential nomination, Illinois could be one of the deciding states in who takes on Donald Trump in 2020. It’s been a long time since Illinois was so critical in the presidential Primary contest. So, who is your preferred candidate? Who would you choose as a running mate? If you could help get that candidate support in an online poll that gets media attention, would you share and promote it? The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association has a live poll right now asking Democrats who they support, and you need to [...]

2020 Presidential Poll2019-04-15T17:51:04-05:00

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections

2019-04-11T19:00:55-05:00

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections by Dan Kovats, Executive Director @ILDCCA @dankovats For candidates, local elections offer a variety of challenges. It's remarkably tough to raise funds, get media attention, and, more than anything else, get the historically small turnout of voters to lean your way. The tools offered and skills learned through IDCCA training was instrumental in some remarkable local election victories earlier this month. Here’s our Boot Camp Alumni victors: Samantha Raymond – Trustee-elect, Lincoln Land Community College Board. Kristen Chiaro – Trustee-elect, Village of Chatham Wendy Bauer Piersall – Council member-elect, City of Woodstock [...]

Boot Camp Alumni claim victory in April 2nd Elections2019-04-11T19:00:55-05:00

Registration is Open for Biggest Boot Camp Ever: May 17-19

2019-04-11T17:54:03-05:00

Registration is Open for Biggest Boot Camp Ever: May 17th - 19th by Jillian Hawkins, Assistant Executive Director @ILDCCA When the idea started, we simply wanted to gather a few seasoned veterans together to share their tips and tricks with prospective candidates. No one envisioned the growth of the annual training partnership of the IDCCA and the National Democratic Training Committee. On May 17th-19th we’ll conduct our biggest Boot Camp training ever. The 2019 IDCCA & National Democratic Training Committee Candidate Boot Camp is an intensive three-day training conference held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. What’s planned for this year is a change [...]

Registration is Open for Biggest Boot Camp Ever: May 17-192019-04-11T17:54:03-05:00

2019 IDCCA / NDTC Candidate Boot Camp

2019-04-08T10:13:33-05:00

Nobody builds smart, effective grassroots political organizations like the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association. One important key to our building efforts is our annual Candidate Boot Camp, put on in conjunction with the National Democratic Training Committee's Blue Bench Training Program. Registration is now open for this amazing three-day intensive training that will take place on May 17th - 19th at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. This year's training will be better than ever. There will be three tracks: Track 1 - Candidate Training is for candidates and potential candidates who are involved with their county party. Applicants will be [...]

2019 IDCCA / NDTC Candidate Boot Camp2019-04-08T10:13:33-05:00

Grassroots Action: Southern Illinois Democratic Women

2019-03-11T12:17:27-05:00

Grassroots Action: Southern Illinois Democratic Women “Never doubt that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead According to the Southern Illinois Democratic Women, waiting to be asked to get a grassroots movement off the ground is a waste of time. Through traditional, time-tested political action, this coalition is forging ahead to ensure victories in the April 2nd elections. Throughout February and March, the SIDW is employing the lessons of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead by committing their efforts to change a few corners of the world in Illinois by [...]

Grassroots Action: Southern Illinois Democratic Women2019-03-11T12:17:27-05:00

The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected!

2018-12-11T14:30:21-05:00

The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected! by Carlos Acosta, McHenry County Board Member – District 5, @mchenrydems “I want to run for something.  Now what do I do?” This was the only question I brought with me to the 2017 Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association National Democratic Training Committee Bootcamp. The Bootcamp answered the question and more. My background may not have initially led be to want to serve in government, but it did make me an activist. I have been a Social Worker for over 20 years and was the co-founder and leader of the [...]

The IDCCA / NDTC Bootcamp helped to get me elected!2018-12-11T14:30:21-05:00