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IDCCA President’s Message – May 2019


IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Dear County Chairs and Friends, May brings us Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day! As a mother of five, I can’t help but think about their future. As a mom it is my job to worry. The worries seem to be bigger because of the current White House Administration. We teach our children not to lie, and it was reported that the President reached his 10,000th lie. We teach our children to respect others, and we have a President who mocks the disabled and not only appeals, but aligns himself with [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – May 20192019-05-14T20:07:24-05:00

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

IDCCA President’s Message – March 2019


IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Women's History, We're Just Getting Started Hello Fellow Chairs and Friends! March is women’s history month and I think about how this is our time to make history. This is our time to continue the work of our foremothers to fight for equality and justice, and to simply - fight to protect our democracy. Many of my sisters stood up or as they say – woke up, after the last Presidential election because they understood they needed to be the change. They needed to civically engage, doing whatever they could [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – March 20192019-03-11T15:37:21-05:00

IDCCA President’s Message – February 2019


IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Fellow Chairs, We still have our work cut out for us, but 2020 is insight. Democratic values are American values and our values remain under attack from the Trump Administration and the GOP’s refusal to stand up to their President. We will continue to stand up and will continue to fight for our nation at every level. The State of the Union is one of a few haves and an increasing population of have nots or never haves.  Trump and the GOP has repeatedly supported policies and legislation that monetarily [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – February 20192019-02-08T09:39:53-05:00

IDCCA President’s Message – December 2018


IDCCA President’s Message by Kristina Zahorik, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @McHenryDems Dear Fellow Democratic Chairs & Friends, It was an honor to be elected unanimously as your first female IDCCA President on November 10, 2018.  I am humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to continue and enhance the 102 county strategy. I also appreciate the kind words and confidence in leadership given to me by our immediate past President Doug House. I am proud to call myself a lifelong Midwesterner and a Democrat. We believe in good government and government as service to people. In fact, after working in Washington, D.C. [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – December 20182018-12-11T14:45:45-05:00

IDCCA President’s Message – October 2018


IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Finish Strong! With just a handful of days left before the most important election in a generation, Democrats continue to have an advantage. Is it the “Blue Wave” we’ve all been working toward? In my view, not yet. Let’s be honest, we’ve been here before. And, unfortunately, we’ve been passed by Republicans at the final moments of our campaigns. No doubt, 2018 is different. But we simply cannot afford to let up – we must finish strong. Consider the advantages Illinois Democrats have: Superior Candidates Something happened after our 2014 [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – October 20182018-10-08T15:38:57-05:00

IDCCA President’s Message – September 2018


IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House We’re all aware of the stories of near-wins in elections. Every election year it seems there’s one or two disappointments that come within a vote or two from victory. For Democrats it doesn’t have to be that way. The fact is, the more people who vote, the better Democrats do. There are about eight weeks left in the 2018 campaign cycle. And, there are just under three weeks until voters can start casting their ballots. So now is the time to coordinate the plans to vote. More than anything else, [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – September 20182018-09-09T17:44:10-05:00

IDCCA President’s Message – July 2018


IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House A Blue Wave? Don’t Vote. This OP-ED by IDCCA President Doug House was published under the title “Democrats Mending Deficiencies” in the Decatur Herald & Review on July 3, 2018 The name Paul Weyrich might not mean much to you today. But for four decades he planted the seeds of ideological rhetoric that have produced bumper crops of bitter, polarizing political fruit. Weyrich was an unapologetic conservative activist. As co-founder of the right-wing Heritage Foundation, he helped plan a path toward seizing control of politics and government. How he helped [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – July 20182018-07-15T14:19:16-05:00

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 20182018-06-11T13:13:06-05:00

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 20182018-05-07T09:58:26-05:00