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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

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge

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

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Should you run for office? The short answer is YES! As more votes get counted, the takeaways from the 2018 midterms grow even more exciting. In addition to a historic number of engaged voters and a higher turnout rate than any midterm election of the last 104 years, this election saw a greater margin for Democrats in Congress than the GOP waves of 2010 or 1994 did for the GOP. Even more important than the blue wave in the House is the one that swept across every [...]

Run for Office: Ready, Set, Run 30-Day Challenge2018-12-11T14:21:30-05:00

IDCCA Blue Wave Voter Guide

2018-10-08T16:03:05-05:00

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. The Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association has developed a handy Voter Guide for convenience. The IDCCA Voter Guide includes: * Candidate pictures and links to website / social media * Ability to share, save, or print this ballot to take into the voting booth * Information about voting by mail, voting early, or voting on Election Day * Customizable action plans for where and when to vote (Early Voting or Election Day Voting) * Receive reminder emails or texts about your plan to vote The IDCCA is committed to getting Democrats elected from the Statehouse [...]

IDCCA Blue Wave Voter Guide2018-10-08T16:03:05-05:00

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers

2018-10-08T15:35:53-05:00

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems As Election Day draws nearer, you may be wondering how you can accomplish everything you need to in your local county. Your local Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts are limited by the time, people, and money at your disposal, and recruiting GOTV volunteers is especially vital. The most crucial element of GOTV is voter contact - as a party, we succeed when we connect with voter’s face to face. Because time is limited, we need help from as many people as possible. Whether you’re a precinct captain seeking help to [...]

Recruiting GOTV Volunteers2018-10-08T15:35:53-05:00

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting

2018-10-08T15:10:23-05:00

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting Did you see the media coverage Rock Island County Democrats received for voting early? IDCCA President and Rock Island County Chair Doug House helped promote early voting by creating a simple #18FOR18 event. Early voting is a gift for all Illinois citizens. It’s convenient, accessible, and provides an opportunity to get your vote out of the way in order to help our Democratic candidates with the GOTV promotion they need. The IDCCA is issuing a challenge to you and every one of our 102 counties: In the month of October, help Democrats [...]

#18FOR18 – An IDCCA Challenge for Early Voting2018-10-08T15:10:23-05:00