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President Doug House Resigns; Democratic party Chairs Unanimous in Electing Kristina Zahorik as new leader

2018-11-10T14:53:05+00:00

For Immediate Release: Saturday November 10, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org President Doug House Resigns; Democratic party Chairs Unanimous in Electing Kristina Zahorik as new leader McHenry County Chair is first female to serve a President of the statewide Democratic association  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Democratic County Chairs gathered in Springfield on Saturday to not only celebrate the 2018 Blue Wave gains, but also select a new President after Rock Island County Democratic Chair Doug announced his resignation on Wednesday. “For nearly four years, the IDCCA has trusted me with leading the effort to grow [...]

President Doug House Resigns; Democratic party Chairs Unanimous in Electing Kristina Zahorik as new leader2018-11-10T14:53:05+00:00

Statement Regarding the Death of Menard County Chair & 18th Congressional Democratic Committeewoman Shirley McCombs

2018-10-02T10:54:03+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday October 2, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org Statement Regarding the Death of Menard County Chair & 18th Congressional Democratic Committeewoman Shirley McCombs SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Longtime Illinois Democratic Party activist and Menard County Chair Shirley McCombs has passed away at the age of 81. News of McCombs’ passing last night (October 1, 2018) reached Democratic Party leaders and activists this morning. Although McCombs’ work in supporting the party is comprehensive, it is notable that held the longtime role of Secretary of the Democratic Party of Illinois and was a Delegate to [...]

Statement Regarding the Death of Menard County Chair & 18th Congressional Democratic Committeewoman Shirley McCombs2018-10-02T10:54:03+00:00

Democrats Condemn Criminal Vandalism to Winnebago GOP Offices

2018-10-01T10:41:02+00:00

For Immediate Release: Monday October 1, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org DEMOCRATS CONDEMN CRIMINAL VANDALISM TO WINNEBAGO GOP OFFICES Background: Vandals damaged the offices of the Winnebago Republican Party sometime in the late hours between Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The criminals spray-painted the words “rape” and “shame” multiple times on the exterior of the building. It is reasonable to interpret the vandalism as some kind of statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The issues surrounding Kavanaugh have stoked the emotions of millions of Americans. Late on Sunday, [...]

Democrats Condemn Criminal Vandalism to Winnebago GOP Offices2018-10-01T10:41:02+00:00

Rock Island Democrats’ Chair to GOP: “Reject Conspiratorial lunacy of Bill Fawell”

2018-08-07T14:42:19+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday August 7, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org ROCK ISLAND DEMOCRATS’ CHAIR TO GOP: “REJECT CONSPIRATORIAL LUNACY OF BILL FAWELL” Republican leaders should end support for bizarre conspiracy theorist running on a platform of absurd propaganda concocted by alt-right media bullhorn InfoWars  ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Calling Republican candidate for Congress Bill Fawell, “a bizarre lunatic whose absurd beliefs are frighteningly dangerous for our communities,” Doug House, president of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association and Chair of the Rock Island County Democrats, is asking GOP leaders to immediately condemn and reject [...]

Rock Island Democrats’ Chair to GOP: “Reject Conspiratorial lunacy of Bill Fawell”2018-08-07T14:42:19+00:00

Statement from Doug House Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

2018-06-27T10:52:35+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday June 27, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org Statement from Doug House, President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 “If there is any doubt in the Republican-led claims that Bruce Rauner is worst GOP governor in the nation, today’s Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision fortifies that truth. Working and middle-class Illinoisans have every right to be disgusted with Bruce Rauner and his feckless celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to erode collective bargaining rights and drop incomes and [...]

Statement from Doug House Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 312018-06-27T10:52:35+00:00

Joe Biden to Keynote Democratic Party Chairs’ 2018 Brunch

2018-06-26T14:08:08+00:00

For Immediate Release: Tuesday June 26, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org JOE BIDEN TO KEYNOTE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRS’ 2018 BRUNCH “Blue Wave” enthusiasm expected to result in the largest-ever annual Democratic Party event  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The annual IDCCA County Chairs’ Brunch held in mid-August has become a traditional rallying point shifting Democratic Party activism into high gear. IDCCA President Doug House is confident that this year’s keynote guest and speaker, Former Vice President Joe Biden, will build unprecedented enthusiasm and help boost attendance well beyond last year’s record turnout. “Over the last three years, our Democratic County [...]

Joe Biden to Keynote Democratic Party Chairs’ 2018 Brunch2018-06-26T14:08:08+00:00

Doug House Re-Elected President of Democrat Chairs’ Association

2018-05-21T10:36:58+00:00

For Immediate Release: Monday May 21, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org DOUG HOUSE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DEMOCRAT CHAIRS' ASSOCIATION Rock Island Dems leader credited for growth in funds, training & building influence SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Last weekend in Springfield over 100 county-level Democratic candidates from throughout Illinois gathered to participate in an intense set of training sessions to learn how to win against their GOP opponents. At the same time, Democratic County Chairs corralled to unanimously re-elect Doug House as President of the statewide association. “It’s an honor to have the confidence of the dedicated [...]

Doug House Re-Elected President of Democrat Chairs’ Association2018-05-21T10:36:58+00:00

Illinois Senate Advances Measure to Remove “Men” from State Statutes

2018-04-24T12:09:50+00:00

For Immediate Release: Monday April 23, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org ILLINOIS SENATE ADVANCES MEASURE TO REMOVE “MEN” FROM STATE STATUTES Democratic County Chairs’ idea for gender-neutral language passed by Sen. Melinda Bush  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Political parties aren’t exclusive to men. That’s why the Illinois Senate today unanimously approved legislation to ensure that state statutes referencing political party offices must be gender neutral. Working with the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association, Lake County Senator Melinda Bush advanced SB2854 to change Illinois statutes replacing political party “committeemen” or “committeewomen” with the term “committeeperson(s).” “Chairman” is [...]

Illinois Senate Advances Measure to Remove “Men” from State Statutes2018-04-24T12:09:50+00:00

County Democrats Call On GOP To Partner in Anti-Harassment Pledge

2018-02-26T16:41:39+00:00

For Immediate Release: Monday February 26, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org COUNTY DEMOCRATS CALL ON GOP TO PARTNER IN ANTI-HARASSMENT PLEDGE IDCCA President: “There’s no reason we can’t agree on proactive steps to address harassment.” SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A week after releasing it, Democratic candidates throughout Illinois are signing on to the zero-tolerance sexual harassment pledge developed by the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. Today, IDCCA President Doug House offered the framework to Illinois Republicans, saying no one in Illinois politics should remain inactive or silent in working to protect campaign workers, interns, volunteers and [...]

County Democrats Call On GOP To Partner in Anti-Harassment Pledge2018-02-26T16:41:39+00:00

Anti-Sexual Harassment Pledge Ok’d by Democratic Chairs

2018-02-19T13:05:05+00:00

For Immediate Release: Monday February 19, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT PLEDGE OK’D BY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRS Democratic Party candidates and campaigns at all levels asked to sign and promote pledge SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Executive Board of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) has unanimously approved a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy and pledge that they hope all Democratic candidates and campaigns will embrace and promote. This morning, via e-mail, the IDCCA released the policy and pledge (ildcca.org/2018/02/sexual-harassment-policy-and-pledge/) to Democratic candidates and campaigns running for the March 20th Primary Election. Campaigns are encouraged [...]

Anti-Sexual Harassment Pledge Ok’d by Democratic Chairs2018-02-19T13:05:05+00:00