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IDCCA President’s Message – June 2019

IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Dear County Chairs and Friends, What a session! It is the start of summer and the 101st Illinois General Assembly brought the heat and energy. The 101st is on record to be the most progressive legislative session in our history. This is because YOU helped elect the 2018 Blue Wave. Your efforts to turnout the vote, which elected a Democratic Governor, Lt. Governor, every constitutional office, and super majorities in the Illinois General Assembly, provided the mandate necessary to pass among others - the $15 Minimum Wage, a Balanced Budget, [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – June 20192019-06-10T16:07:55-05:00

As Promised, BIG THINGS Are Getting Done

As Promised, BIG THINGS Are Getting Done by Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director @ILDCCA  @dankovats When the Democrat-led House and Senate closed the legislative session one week ago, lawmakers returned home for a lengthy in-district work period touting the largest list of accomplishments in decades. Although there was a bit of partisan back and forth, it appears that some Republicans are catching on to the idea that Democrats really do put working and middle-class families first in Illinois. It’s why, in part, some of them joined the call for bipartisanship on game-changing reforms to make Illinois work for people again. [...]

As Promised, BIG THINGS Are Getting Done2019-06-10T14:11:36-05:00

Guest Perspective: State Representative Karina Villa

Guest Perspective: State Representative Karina Villa by Karina Villa, State Representative (49th District),@Karina4D49 Karina Villa, MSW was elected to Illinois 49th Representative District in November 2018. We’re grateful that Representative Villa took the time to share her freshman lawmaker experience with our readers. June 1, 2019, at 8:15pm the 101 Illinois General Assembly adjourned with what is being referred to as one of the most progressive sessions in Illinois history. I am proud to have been a part of it representing the 49 House District. My road to the 101st General Assembly began on November 2016, when many told me [...]

Guest Perspective: State Representative Karina Villa2019-06-10T14:06:52-05:00

What Will It Take To Pass The Graduated Income Tax

What Will It Take To Pass The Graduated Income Tax by Scott Kennedy, Illinois Election Data, @ILElectionData The Illinois General Assembly has passed SJRCA0001, a constitutional amendment to remove the prohibition against multiple personal income tax rates, essentially permitting an Illinois state graduated income tax. Now that both the Senate & the House have passed this legislation, it will go before the voters for ratification on the 2020 ballot. Per Article XIV, Section 2(b) of the Illinois state constitution there are two possible ways the proposed amendment could be ratified by the voters: A proposed amendment shall become effective as the amendment provides [...]

What Will It Take To Pass The Graduated Income Tax2019-06-10T14:01:31-05:00

Democrats Craft a Disciplined Balanced Budget

Democrats Craft a Disciplined Balanced Budget by Toby Trimmer, IDCCA Communications Director @ILDCCA  @tobytrimmer What a difference six months has made. In January, Illinois families were hopeful that newly inaugurated Governor JB Pritzker and the Democratic super-majorities in the House and Senate would deliver on at least some of the big things they’d ordered in the November election. The most critical challenge for lawmakers was crafting a budget that invested in critical services, displayed true fiscal discipline, and offered meaningful evidence that stability was the priority. At the end of the legislative session in May, Governor Pritzker had successfully led [...]

Democrats Craft a Disciplined Balanced Budget2019-06-10T13:55:26-05:00

Rebuild Illinois: A Much-Needed $46 Billion Jobs Plan

Rebuild Illinois: A Much-Needed $46 Billion Jobs Plan by Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director @ILDCCA  @dankovats Illinois is at the crossroads of our nation. Our state is key to getting goods from the East coast to the West coast and commodities from North to South. It’s why a well-maintained transportation network – road, river and rail - is so important. Our state has, unfortunately, failed in fixing our crumbling infrastructure…until Democrats advanced Rebuild Illinois this year. Rebuild Illinois is a $46 billion infrastructure investment program to transform thousands of miles of roads and bridges in the coming years. In addition, [...]

Rebuild Illinois: A Much-Needed $46 Billion Jobs Plan2019-06-10T13:49:52-05:00

IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats

IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats by Jillian Hawkins, IDCCA Assistant Executive Director @ILDCCA  In May, nearly 200 Democrats traveled from every region of Illinois to join the IDCCA and the National Democratic Training Committee for the third-annual Boot Camp training weekend. Participating in the weekend-long intensive training sessions were precinct committeepersons, county chairs, activists, potential campaign leaders, some who look to be candidates, and those who are already elected officials. The 2019 Boot Camp welcomed some of Illinois’ top Democrats to the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  Boot Camp alumnus State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-56) welcomed the group of [...]

IDCCA Boot Camp Teaches, Inspires Local Democrats2019-06-10T13:45:03-05:00

IDCCA Resolution Places Priority on Unions

IDCCA Resolution Places Priority on Unions by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA  @mchenrydems UNION YES! is more than a slogan for the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association.  During a Saturday, May 18th general membership meeting, the coalition representing all 102 county Democratic Party leaders approved an association-wide resolution to put priority spending on products, services and business enterprises that are pro-labor. IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik said, “In products and services, American union quality is second to none. We are determined to ensure that every time our counties need a product or service, we’re looking first for the reliable assurance that [...]

IDCCA Resolution Places Priority on Unions2019-06-10T13:39:25-05:00

IDCCA Statement on Inauguration of Lightfoot

For Immediate Release: Monday May 20, 2019 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org IDCCA STATEMENT ON THE INAUGURATION OF CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT The following statement is attributed to Kristina Zahorik, President of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association… “On behalf of our 102 Democratic County Chairs, scores of precinct committeepersons throughout Illinois, and the volunteers and activists who fight tirelessly for meaningful progress, I’m honored to congratulate Chicago’s newest mayor, Lori Lightfoot. “All Illinois Democrats can be proud of Mayor Lightfoot’s historic inauguration. I am confident Mayor Lightfoot’s imprint will be far more than a profile [...]

IDCCA Statement on Inauguration of Lightfoot2019-05-20T13:07:24-05:00

Union-Friendly Goods & Services Pledge Approved by Dem County Chairs Association

For Immediate Release: Monday May 20, 2019 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | toby@ildcca.org UNION-FRIENDLY GOODS & SERVICES PLEDGE APPROVED BY ILLINOIS DEMOCRATIC COUNTY CHAIRS' ASSOCIATION Pro-labor patronage means support for working and middle-class American families SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – UNION YES! is more than a slogan for the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. During a Saturday, May 18th general membership meeting, the coalition representing all 102 county Democratic Party leaders approved an association-wide resolution to put priority spending on products, services and business enterprises that are pro-labor. “In products and services, American union quality  is  second  to  none,”  [...]

Union-Friendly Goods & Services Pledge Approved by Dem County Chairs Association2019-05-20T09:22:22-05:00