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IDCCA President’s Message – June 2018

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Recently, while surfing social media, my eye caught a meme from a fellow Democratic Party activist that read, “Democrats ought to stop talking about a Blue Wave and start working to make it happen.” I sense where his frustration may be coming from. It’s true that a lot of Democrats seem to have a strong level of confidence towards a victorious November. And yes, if the recent past is any indication, the political winds can change at any moment, causing common sense to escape scores of voters at the ballot [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – June 2018 2018-06-11T13:13:06+00:00

Don’t be alarmed, but “men” are closer to being removed from state laws

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 laws 2018-06-11T13:06:57+00:00

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems A Quick Recap Let’s quickly review the importance of storytelling and how your personal narrative fits in. In part one (May 2018 IDCCA Newsletter), we went over the difference between storytelling and speech making: we saw that where speech making is often static and one-sided, storytelling is dynamic and personal. What makes storytelling powerful is its transformative nature. Your story can be used in different contexts with different people — and it is that fluidity that is powerful. It can be used in virtually any setting if [...]

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self 2018-06-11T12:59:30+00:00

The Charleston Huddle – How We Became a Think Tank

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

Rauner Failed Me – Corina

Rauner Failed Me – Corina @RaunerFailedMe I’m originally from Belleville, Illinois. I moved to Springfield in 2012 to pursue my career as a science teacher and my family has made this city home. I love my students, and I always work to build a real connection with them. I want them to know that their voice is heard and their voice matters. I’ve always prided myself as an advocate for the underdog, and right now that’s the public education system. Bruce Rauner’s failure to pass a budget has greatly impacted my ability to give my kids the tools they need [...]

Rauner Failed Me – Corina 2018-06-11T12:41:46+00:00

Doug House Re-Elected President of Democrat Chairs’ Association

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

IDCCA President’s Message – May 2018

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Stronger Together: Illinois’ Diverse Democratic Ticket is Unmatched I am a Democrat because, more than anything else, I can’t be convinced that working and middle-class people don’t deserve a strong voice for social and economic justice and equality. In the greatest nation ever conceived, I’m certain that our most successful periods have come through attracting and unifying diverse scores of regular citizens who seek a common-sense balance between “haves” and “have nots.” And, for nearly a century, the Democratic Party has led on the idea that our nation is stronger, [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – May 2018 2018-05-07T09:58:26+00:00

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems We live our lives in stories. If you think about it, even the tiniest details, the small mundane events, all count as stories. When you run for office, you not only have to focus on the issues and community — you have to showcase yourself. It’s important to make sure voters see you as the candidate and person that you are. You do this by weaving in your personal experiences into your campaign message. This is your personal narrative. In this three-part series, we’ll break down the [...]

Your Campaign Message: Understanding the Personal Narrative 2018-05-07T09:53:46+00:00

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly by Colleen Daley, Executive Director, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, @NoGunViolence The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the country working to stop the devastation caused by firearms.  For 43 years, we have been pushing for common sense gun violence prevention measures that will help save lives while respecting the Second Amendment. Gun violence prevention advocacy has been growing at a rapid rate over the last five years with more people getting involved and raising their voices than the movement has seen before.  [...]

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly 2018-05-07T09:48:04+00:00