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Democrats Move Fair Tax Forward, Here’s The Facts

2019-05-14T20:03:30-05:00

Democrats Move Fair Tax Forward, Here's The Facts by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer Giving Illinois voters the choice to fundamentally reform the state’s outdated and regressive tax structure into a fair system that works for everyone recently passed a big hurdle in Springfield. State Senate Democrats approved the Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment to House lawmakers to consider for the 2020 election ballot. Under the fair tax plan, 97% of Illinois residents would not see a state income tax increase, with only those making more than $250,000 paying more. The plan not only lifts the burden off middle and [...]

Democrats Move Fair Tax Forward, Here’s The Facts2019-05-14T20:03:30-05:00

2020 DNC Delegate Selection Process

2019-05-17T11:10:02-05:00

2020 DNC Delegate Selection Process by Mary Morrissey, Executive Director, Democratic Party of Illinois @DemsForIllinois In little more than a year, our country will face an historic turning point - the 2020 Presidential Election. For Democrats, the election will finally be an opportunity to unseat a President whose policies and principles are so antithetical to our own. Already the 2020 election is growing into a history-making election. Currently, there are 22 Democrats who have declared their candidacy for the Presidency. The sheer number of candidates running to become president has its place in history, but it is underscored by the [...]

2020 DNC Delegate Selection Process2019-05-17T11:10:02-05:00

Strong April State Revenues Help to Reverse Chaos

2019-05-14T19:46:17-05:00

Strong April State Revenue Help to Reverse Chaos by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer It wasn’t long ago when failed GOP Governor Bruce Rauner claimed the General Assembly’s bipartisan budget stabilization efforts would all but destroy Illinois. Well, if April 2019 state revenues are considered, Rauner remains consistently wrong. Last week, Governor JB Pritzker’s revenue and budget experts announced a remarkable and unexpected jump of $1.5 billion in April 2019 tax receipts. With so many tough budget decisions to make, the 38% increase over forecasts has released a small measure of pressure as next years’ fiscal plans continue to [...]

Strong April State Revenues Help to Reverse Chaos2019-05-14T19:46:17-05:00

Cannabis Use Law Could Mean Job Growth Throughout Illinois

2019-05-14T19:36:19-05:00

Cannabis Use Law Could Mean Job Growth Throughout Illinois by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer After many years of research and discussion, it appears Illinois may be poised to enact a strong, smart and well-regulated policy on the recreational use of cannabis. And, if a new law is passed this May, a multi-billion-dollar industry could help grow jobs in our state. Two progressive Democrats have been leading the way on legalizing the adult-use of cannabis in Illinois. State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy have spent years wrapping their minds around what makes responsible policy for an [...]

Cannabis Use Law Could Mean Job Growth Throughout Illinois2019-05-14T19:36:19-05:00

Black Women are Leaders in Illinois

2019-04-12T09:33:07-05:00

Black Women are Leaders in Illinois by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer Last week, Rich Miller with CapitolFax pointed out one of Illinois’ lesser-recognized data points: the strong role that black women have in our state’s political leadership.  Miller writes, “Black women are truly becoming a significant force in this state… I don’t think too many (if any) other states can say the same thing.” The leadership of black women truly is remarkable. Chicago has now elected a black woman to serve a mayor. The city’s new treasurer, Cook County’s board president, clerk of the circuit court clerk are [...]

Black Women are Leaders in Illinois2019-04-12T09:33:07-05:00

President Zahorik welcomes new Leadership Circle members

2019-04-12T09:27:22-05:00

President Zahorik welcomes new Leadership Circle members by Dan Kovats, Executive Director @ILDCCA  @dankovats As IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik has traversed the state, strategizing with county chairs and boosting the association's presence in every region of Illinois, she's been attracting new members to our Leadership Circle. The Leadership Circle is a growing advisory board of progressive leaders charged with helping the IDCCA grow opportunities to recruit, train and engage Democrats all over Illinois. Chris Doscotch Chris has been a practicing lawyer since 1994 specializing in protecting the rights of injured workers and injury victims. A passionate advocate for the rights of the [...]

President Zahorik welcomes new Leadership Circle members2019-04-12T09:27:22-05:00

Fair Tax Momentum: Democrats tee up Constitutional Amendment

2019-04-11T17:40:42-05:00

Fair Tax Momentum: Democrats tee up Constitutional Amendment by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer Illinois' unfair tax system has needed reform and modernization for decades. But Springfield lawmakers could never get the ball rolling to give voters the chance to reform the state's constitution, creating a fair tax system to lower or keep income taxes unchanged for 97 percent of Illinoisans. Well, that's changing. This week, Illinois Democrats advanced Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 01 that would, if put before the voters and approved, remove Illinois’ flat tax rate where the lowest income earners pay the same percentage as the [...]

Fair Tax Momentum: Democrats tee up Constitutional Amendment2019-04-11T17:40:42-05:00

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik Tours Illinois to Listen & Share

2019-03-11T12:31:05-05:00

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik Tours Illinois to Listen & Share by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer For IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik, creating a 102-county strategy isn't simply a talking point – it’s the foundation of building Democratic success throughout Illinois. It’s also why Zahorik has spent the past weeks travelling throughout the state to listen and strategize with IDCCA members and their partners. Zahorik has already put thousands of miles on her car to reach out to motivated Democrats. She’s sat down in Rock Island County, broke bread in Peoria County and discussed strategy in Christian County. And, she’s [...]

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik Tours Illinois to Listen & Share2019-03-11T12:31:05-05:00

Democrats Building Remarkable Momentum in McLean County

2019-03-11T12:25:06-05:00

Democrats Building Remarkable Momentum in McLean County by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer @McLeanCoDems Something remarkable is happening in McLean County. Once a seemingly impenetrable GOP stronghold, the McLean County Democratic Party just won't stop rocking their local boats to boost activism and build on the successes of 2018, when a diverse team of three Democrats were elected to the County Board. It’s true, Republicans in McLean County still maintain a 13-7 advantage over their relentless rivals. And, yes, the GOP still runs every countywide office in the east-central Illinois county. But, if the McLean County Democrats’ Roosevelt Dinner [...]

Democrats Building Remarkable Momentum in McLean County2019-03-11T12:25:06-05:00

Ready to THINK BIG ILLINOIS? Governor Pritzker & Democrats Are

2019-03-11T12:03:28-05:00

Ready to THINK BIG ILLINOIS? Governor Pritzker & Democrats Are by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer Candidate JB Pritzker promised big things for Illinois...and Governor JB Pritzker is delivering. Already, Pritzker and Democrats put the state on the path to a $15/hour minimum wage. Next on the agenda is the Fair Tax - a plan that brings tax relief to over 97 percent of Illinoisans. The Fair Tax plan that Pritzker released on March 7 ensures a measure of tax relief on income earners up to $250,000 – a whopping 97 percent of Illinoisans. Pritzker’s Fair Tax plan offers [...]

Ready to THINK BIG ILLINOIS? Governor Pritzker & Democrats Are2019-03-11T12:03:28-05:00