2018 Candidates – Statewide

The Democratic Party is on the correct side of history, the correct side of issues and the correct side of values.

We need a Blue Wave this November to get the country back on track to moving forward.

The Blue Wave won’t just happen, it will take work.

Please consider connecting with one or more of our great Statewide candidates to ensure they win in November.

Below our 2018 Democratic Statewide Candidates are listed.

Note: Incumbents are bolded

Governor / Lt. Governor
JB Pritzker (Juliana Stratton)  |  Website  |  FaceBook

Attorney General
Kwame Raoul  |  Website  |  FaceBook

Secretary of State
Jesse White  |  Website  |  FaceBook

Comptroller
Susana Mendoza  |  Website  |  FaceBook

Treasurer
Michael Frerichs  |  Website  |  FaceBook

Women In Politics – Rachel Maddow

The Democratic Women of DuPage County are a Chartered Organization of IDW. They have started a series on Women In Politics. Check out their latest profile.

DWDC – Women In Politics – Rachel Maddow

ERA – Update

The resolution to Ratify the ERA Amendment passed the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The resolution was passed out of the Illinois House Human Services committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The Illinois House is now preparing to vote to Ratify the ERA Amendment.


IT’S TIME TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT! HELP MAKE HISTORY! LET’S FLOOD THE PHONES!

CALL LEGISLATORS

Calling our reps is extremely crucial now, especially to put pressure on wavering Republicans. The opposition is robo-calling, spreading lies and “alternative facts”.

Please call your representative and get 5 friends to call theirs. If your representative supports the ERA, thank them and ask them to lobby their colleagues to do the same. Locate your representative: www.openstates.org

Sample script, please feel free to modify:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [City]. I am calling to express my concern with the current state of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified and added to the United States Constitution. Currently, we need just 2 additional states to reach the three-fourths threshold. Our state is one of those that have yet to ratify the ERA. Without it, there is no guarantee of constitutional gender equality. Now is the time to establish strong legal protections in our Constitution against sex-based discrimination. Therefore, I am reaching out to ask that [name of representative] vote yes to ratify the ERA.

We have several phone bank opportunities. We are calling constituents in targeted districts and asking them to call their representative. Phone lists, scripts and training are provided.

VIRTUAL PHONE BANKS

Phone bank for the ERA from anywhere. All you need is a computer/tablet and a phone. To get started, fill out this Form. You may also magnify the effect by hosting a phone bank party.

Upcoming Events – 2018 Part 3

DWDC Tinker Harvey Founders Day with Juliana Stratton
What: Democratic Women of DuPage County Annual Founder’s Day

 

When: May 12, 1-3pm

 

Where: Emmett’s Brewery, 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove

 

Cost: Free, $15 non-members

 

Details: Join us for the 10th anniversary of our founding. Juliana Stratton will keynote the event and our annual Tinker Harvey Leadership Award will be presented. Appetizers. Cash bar.

 

RSVP here

 

*DWDC is chartered with Illinois Democratic Women

 

 

Lobby Day for the ERA
What: Illinois Rally and Lobby Day for the ERA

 

Details: The Rally begins at 12pm at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield at the Lincoln Statue! Let’s show the Illinois General Assembly how many people from across Illinois expect to see this issue ratified in the House this May!!

No, the Equal Rights Amendment *still* has not been passed, which means gender equality is still NOT part of the U.S. Constitution.

If you plan to help us lobby that day as well, please sign up here, it’s imperative legislators hear from their constituents.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y4EJyNZOXKt18vNjsk-jlIar0ZRWOk9DSNNJMiOmt0s/edit

YOU can be a part of making sure that the ERA finally gets ratified! If Illinois ratifies the ERA that means that only ONE more state would be needed. Congress passed it back in 1972 but needed 38 states to ratify it before going into effect. Illinois could be #37!

 

When: May 8, noon

 

Where: Lincoln Statue at the State Capitol, 401 S 2nd, Springfield.

 

*This event is not sponsored by IDW, but is included as a service to our members and friends

 

IDCCA Bootcamp
What: Candidate Training Bootcamp

 

Details: The County Chairs training will be a three-day (May 18th-20th) training that will include training on operations, fundraising & budgeting, communications, Get Out The Vote, volunteer recruitment & retention, Votebuilder and social media. The training will start at 6pm on Friday May 18th and conclude at 12pm on Sunday May 20th. The training is free of charge but you would be responsible for travel expenses and hotel room.

 

When: May 18-20

 

Where: Crowne Plaza, 3300 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield

 

Register online: https://www.traindemocrats.org/training/ndtc-IDCCAbootcamp

 

Special hotel pricing for this event is available here and must be reserved by May 11.

 

*This event is not sponsored by IDW, but is included as a service to our members and friends

Upcoming Events – 2018 Part 2

Illinois Democratic Women of Will County

What: IDWOW Annual Meeting

When: January 27, 2-4pm

 

Where: Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W Briarcliff Rd in Bolingbrook

 

Cost: Free

 

Details:  Election of IDWOW president and vice-president. Members in good standing as of Sept. 30 are eligible to vote and run to fill these vacancies.

Find Out More Here

 

*IDWOW is charted with Illinois Democratic Women

 

Kane County Democratic Women First Annual Meeting and Reception

What: Kane County Democratic Women First Annual Meeting and Reception

When: February 3, 1:15-3:30pm,

 

Where: The Lodge at Laurelwood, 800 N River St, Batavia

 

Details: A complimentary light lunch and dessert will be served. Election of officers. Keynote speaker – State Representative Anna Moeller.

 

RSVP: KaneCtyDemWomen@gmail.com

 

Democratic Women of the South Suburbs Fundraiser

What: Turn it Blue Breakfast Rally

When: February 10, 9:30-noon

 

Where: Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Hwy, Flossmoor

 

Donation: $35, RSVP and pay online now

 

 

*DWSS is charted with Illinois Democratic Women

Upcoming Events – 2018 Part 1

Democratic Women of DuPage County

 

What: Annual Meeting and BrunchWhen: Saturday, January 13, 10:30-noon. Doors open at 10:00

Where: Abbington Banquets, Rt 53 and Butterfield Rd

Details: $40 for current 2018 members, $50 for non-members, $65 for brunch and 2018 membership. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Pay online now or by email and pay at the door.

Guest speaker: Jacqui Algee, Vice President/Director of CommunityRelations – Service Employees International Union HealthcareIllinois/Indiana/Missouri/Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK)

Meet your Democratic State Legislators. Candidates for Governor and Attorney General have been invited, as well as local candidates.

*DWDC is chartered with Illinois Democratic Women.

March to the Polls – Chicago

 

What: Chicago Women’s MarchWhen: Saturday, January 20, 11amWhere: Columbus Avenue and Congress StDetails:  Chicago Women’s March

Rally Point for IDW:  Inside the LOUNGE (located directly behind the front desk) at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 9:45am.

Transportation to Chicago from various locations: Rally bus information for Illinois
*IDW is an organizing partner of the Chicago Women’s March.

 

March to the Polls – Other Illinois Locations

 

Thanks to Dan Kovats of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association for compiling this information.

East Peoria Women’s March to the Polls

Carbondale Women’s March to the Polls

Galesburg Women’s March to the Polls

Quad Cities Women’s March to the Polls

Springfield Women’s March to the Polls

Rockford Women’s March to the Polls

 

Illinois Democratic Women of Will County

 

What: IDWOW Annual MeetingWhen: January 27, 2-4pm

Where: Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W Briarcliff Rd in Bolingbrook

Cost: Free

Details:  Election of IDWOW president and vice-president. Members in good standing as of Sept. 30 are eligible to vote and run to fill these vacancies.

Find Out More Here

*IDWOW is charted with Illinois Democratic Women

 

Democratic Women of the South Suburbs Fundraiser

 

What: Turn it Blue Breakfast RallyWhen: February 10, 9:30-noon

Where: Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Hwy, Flossmoor

Donation: $35, RSVP and pay online now

 

*DWSS is charted with Illinois Democratic Women

 

Upcoming Fall 2017 Events

Illinois Democratic Women of Will County Fall Meeting

 
What: Fall Meeting and Candidate Showcase

When: Saturday, October 28 10am-noon

Where: Rasmussen College, 1400 W Normantown Rd, Romeoville

This is great opportunity for attendees to hear directly from the candidates and to learn more about how to get involved in these local elections. There are a number of ways you can help to ensure we elect more Democrats in 2018

More details on Facebook

*Illinois Democratic Women of Will County is chartered with Illinois Democratic Women.


Democratic Women of Kendall County Fall Celebration

 
What: DWKC Fall Celebration with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

When: Tuesday, November 7 5:30-8pm

Where: White Tail Ridge Golf Course, 7671 Clubhouse Dr, Yorkville

Cost: $40 per person

RSVP and Pay Online

Find Out More Here

*This event is not sponsored by IDW, but is provided as an informational service to our members and friends.


2017 IDCCA Precinct Committeemen & Votebuilder Training

 
Sign up for training sessions at the IDCCA website

November 11 – Precinct Committeemen Training, Chamaign, IBEW Local 601, 10am

To learn more, contact Dan Kovats at 217-753-3380

For additional valuable resources including newsletters, events, etc., visit the IDCCA website.

*These events are not sponsored by IDW, but are provided as an informational service to our members and friends.

Resources for Action

The 2018 Election Cycle is critical to Illinois and the nation. We need to engage Democrats across the state to ensure that we elect a Democratic Governor and legislature, as well as increasing the number of Democrats from Illinois in the U.S. Congress. Find new ways to connect with Democrats and take action to impact change locally and nationally. Meet new friends and invite them to join you at your township or county Democratic organization meetings and events.

 

Witness Slip Project (Illinois) – Impact legislation by filing witness slips on pending bills

Indivisible Groups – Find or create events in your area

Meetup – Find Democratic organizations and #Resist actions

5calls – Resources to make calls regarding national issues important to you

Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association –  Check out this site for events and training opportunities near you.