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2020 Presidential Poll

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

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

Black Women are Leaders in Illinois

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

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

Registration is Open for Biggest Boot Camp Ever: May 17-19

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

Fair Tax Momentum: Democrats tee up Constitutional Amendment

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’s Message – April 2019

IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Local elections are about our path forward Hello Fellow Chairs and Friends, We just completed the 2019 Consolidated Election. Thank you to all the Democrats who ran for office. Congratulations to those who won. For those who didn’t finish with a win, don’t give up. Illinois still needs you. The April election was historic for Cook County. Women of color will hold the top political offices in the city and county: Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Cook), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, city Treasurer-elect Melissa [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – April 20192019-04-11T17:24:26-05:00

2019 IDCCA / NDTC Candidate Boot Camp

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

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik Tours Illinois to Listen & Share

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

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