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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

Dignity & stability for working families as Democrats advance plan to boost minimum wage to $15.00/hr

2019-02-08T09:55:17-05:00

Dignity & stability for working families as Democrats advance plan to boost minimum wage to $15.00/hr. by Toby Trimmer, Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer In less than a month since starting the 101st General Assembly, Democrats in the Senate advanced one of Governor JB Pritzker’s foundational campaign pledges: a path to a $15.00/hour minimum wage. If passed by the Illinois House, the governor will sign the first hourly wage increase for Illinois workers in a decade. The swift action of moving the plan forward is a signal that Governor Pritzker and his Democratic allies are truly determined to do big things [...]

Dignity & stability for working families as Democrats advance plan to boost minimum wage to $15.00/hr2019-02-08T09:55:17-05:00

February 2019 – Changes & Transitions

2019-02-07T15:40:36-05:00

In January 2019, a number Illinois Democrats began their service with the Pritzker administration. Others have decided to step aside their Democratic Party duties to make room for new energy. And, sadly, some have passed. IN MEMORIAL: Robert “Bob” Pautler (1933–2019) former Chair, Randolph County Democrats. Bob was a dedicated member of his county Democratic Central Committee and the IDCCA. He was a precinct committeeperson for many years and served as Randolph County Chair for 12 years. Bob was a Navy veteran, a coal miner, a small business owner and a husband, father and grandfather. He will indeed be missed. [...]

February 2019 – Changes & Transitions2019-02-07T15:40:36-05:00

How the Blue Wave Helped Rural Illinois

2018-12-11T14:18:12-05:00

How the Blue Wave Helped Rural Illinois by Jimmy Naville, County Chair, Greene County Democratic Party, @ILDCCA Late Tuesday night on November 4th, 2014, Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner declared victory over Governor Pat Quinn, costing Illinois Democrats the Governorship.  Rural counties creating a map of solid red with only a couple small ponds of blue. In Greene County, voters elected Rauner over Quinn by more than 2 to 1.  Had the Republicans really taken over? Surprisingly, Greene County, such as much of the state, also supported Democratic ballot measures advising legislatures to increase the minimum wage, require health insurance plans with [...]

How the Blue Wave Helped Rural Illinois2018-12-11T14:18:12-05:00

Remembering Shirley McCombs – A Friend and a Great Democrat

2018-10-08T15:13:49-05:00

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 Democrat2018-10-08T15:13:49-05:00

“Check In” from South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

2018-10-08T14:59:48-05:00

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 Buttigieg2018-10-08T14:59:48-05:00

College Democrats Preparing for the Blue Wave

2018-09-09T17:27:18-05:00

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 Wave2018-09-09T17:27:18-05:00