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Remembering Shirley McCombs – A Friend and a Great Democrat

2018-10-08T15:13:49+00:00

Remembering Shirley McCombs – A Friend and a Great Democrat It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to longtime Illinois Democratic Party activist and Menard County Chair Shirley McCombs. On October 1st, Shirley passed away at the age of 81. Shirley McCombs’ work in supporting the Democratic party was comprehensive, including being the longtime Secretary of the Democratic Party of Illinois and a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention multiple times. Shirley was an institutional force in shepherding women into leadership roles within the Democratic Party and she made it her life’s work to maintain a strong Democratic Party [...]

Remembering Shirley McCombs – A Friend and a Great Democrat2018-10-08T15:13:49+00:00

“Check In” from South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

2018-10-08T14:59:48+00:00

Check in with Mayor Pete by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend IN, @PeteButtigieg Friends and Democratic Heartlanders, I’m grateful I had the chance to speak with you all during August’s Democratic County Chairs’ Brunch. With so many great candidates in Illinois and across the country, I know you’ll agree that we have more than enough reason to be excited for election day this year. As I said to you all then, we do not have the luxury of pessimism today, so we as a Party need to make sure we are more organized and energized than ever. Talking [...]

“Check In” from South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg2018-10-08T14:59:48+00:00

College Democrats Preparing for the Blue Wave

2018-09-09T17:27:18+00:00

College Democrats Preparing for the Blue Wave by Ridgley Knapp, Director of Communications – College Democrats of America, @CollegeDemsIL The College Democrats of Illinois has had an incredibly strong and effective summer. With dozens of chapters across the state – from Evanston to Edwardsville – we have hundreds of members working on or volunteering for campaigns up and down the ballot, all while making ends meet: working the late shift, working the early shift, working part-time to make ends meet while we fight to make the change that our communities deserve. On August 3rd and 4th, our chapter at the [...]

College Democrats Preparing for the Blue Wave2018-09-09T17:27:18+00:00

Rauner Failed Me – Patrick

2018-09-09T17:22:24+00:00

Rauner Failed Me – Patrick @RaunerFailedMe I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now I am a unionized landscaper for a local school. I moved to Bloomington about 20 years ago and my wife and I have worked to support Illinois’ students ever since. Bruce Rauner’s failures as governor leave me worried for the future. I’m worried that if Rauner gets re-elected, I won’t have a union to protect me in the workplace. And I’m afraid Rauner’s budget mismanagement means my pension won’t be there when I need it. My wife retired recently, and I plan to [...]

Rauner Failed Me – Patrick2018-09-09T17:22:24+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

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

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

The Charleston Huddle – How We Became a Think Tank

2018-06-11T12:39:01+00:00

The Charleston Huddle – How We Became a Think Tank by Ellen Wolcott, The Charleston Huddle It started with the Women’s March on Washington. Women, men and children came from all over the country to make a statement. For some of us, this was our first protest. We experienced a glorious day, and, yes, the crowd size actually did exceed all expectations. A few weeks later, the march organizers challenged us to keep going and suggested “huddling” in small local groups to follow a 10-week action plan. The Charleston Huddle was born, and we’ve been meeting every other week at [...]

The Charleston Huddle – How We Became a Think Tank2018-06-11T12:39:01+00:00